Joe Scarborough Lectures GOP Delegates Who Booed Mitt Romney: 'Lack of Basic Values and Decency Is...Sad and Shocking'

By Susan Jones | May 3, 2021 | 6:54am EDT
Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) appears with then-President Donald Trump with whom he had a chilly relationship. (Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)
Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) appears with then-President Donald Trump with whom he had a chilly relationship. (Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) - MSNBC's Joe Scarborough, an outspoken Trump hater, spent part of this Monday morning sadly shaking his head at the "disrespect" displayed by Utah Republicans, who booed Sen. Mitt Romney as Romney addressed the party's state convention on Saturday.

"And the question from anybody that's raised in a half-decent family is, like, what would these people's mom and dad think of them? Were they not raised any better than that?" Scarborough asked.

"I mean, if they have faith in God -- I'm sure most of those people there would claim to be Christians -- does Jesus not teach them better than to act that way? To be that rude to a man for doing something that they know they should all do, and that is, condemn what's gone on over the past four or five years.

Romney twice voted to convict President Donald Trump at Trump's impeachment trials, and he is among the most liberal Senate Republicans.

According to the The Salt Lake Tribune:

Sen. Mitt Romney was "lustily booed by the more than 2,100 Republican delegates who packed into the Maverik Center on Saturday for the party’s state convention.

“Aren’t you embarrassed?” said Romney, trying to deflect the chorus of catcalls that greeted him as he took the stage.

“I’m a man who says what he means, and you know I was not a fan of our last president’s character issues,” said Romney as delegates attempted to shout him down. Accusations that Romney was a “traitor” or “communist” flew from the crowd like so many poison darts.

Scarborough said on Monday that Romney "asked the right question -- 'aren't you embarrassed?'"

You know, um, this is a guy whose father was a Republican governor. This is a guy who was a senator. This is a guy who was the Republican nominee in 2012. I remember a lot of those same people booing those type of people, eviscerated me in 2012 wherever I criticized Mitt Romney's campaign style and talked about how he was campaigning poorly and was going to probably lose the 2012 election.

It was some of the most hateful, the most hateful screeds I've ever seen, but they're just tribal -- you know, they're just a tribe. Because now they're turning on Mitt Romney because he's he's actually done the right thing. He actually voted to impeach a guy who led an insurrection. But he asks -- again, he asks the right question, "Aren't you embarrassed?" Because you know, maybe 25 years ago when I watched this tape, I would have felt really bad for Mitt Romney. But I know Mitt Romney, and Mitt Romney doesn't care.

He doesn't need to be doing this. He's going home to a wife who loves him, he's going home to children who -- and grandchildren who love and respect him. He knows who he is. And so when they boo, they don't boo -- they don't reveal the character of Mitt Romney, they reveal the character of themselves.

And you hear that -- and hear people acting that way. And the question from anybody that's raised in a half-decent family is, like, what would these people's mom and dad think of them? Were they not raised any better than that? I mean, if they have faith in God -- I'm sure most of those people there would claim to be Christians -- does Jesus not teach them better than to act that way? To be that rude to a man for doing something that they know they should all do, and that is, condemn what's gone on over the past four or five years.

And Mitt Romney, when you watch this tape, don't feel sorry for Mitt. Mitt's fine. Mitt knows who he is. The problem...is that those people who were booing in the audience and being extraordinarily disrespectful to a man who has given his public life to the Republican Party, these are the same people who booed a dying John McCain. These are the same people who booed a dying John McCain.

And again, I ask the question -- would their parents be proud of them? Are their parents proud of them? Listen, my parents were very conservative. Oh my God. If I acted that way in public -- was that way in public, was that disrespectful to a man or a woman who dedicated their lives to public service, I will tell you, going home to Pensacola, Florida, that would be an ugly scene when I walked through that door. My grandmom, whoo! If she were still alive, she would take out a switch.

I mean, it really -- the lack of basic values and decency is really sad and shocking considering that this is my tribe that is behaving this way. And there happens to be the added element, as Mika just said, for it being dangerous, dangerous for the republic and seeing that they're paying fealty to a man (Trump) that utterly lacks character, utterly lacks compassion, lacks decency, and is the antithesis of every one of the Beatitudes.

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