- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 7, 2021

Joe Scarborough exploded into a profanity-laced tirade on Thursday, demanding the arrest of President Trump and answers regarding the U.S. Capitol Police during this week’s chaos.

The MSNBC host, screaming, framed officers as possibly racist or bigoted toward Muslims for allowing Trump supporters to flood into the building.

“If these insurrectionists were Black, they would have been shot in the face. And, my God, if these insurrectionists were Muslim, they would have been sniped from the top of buildings. So I want to know from the Capitol Hill Police, what is it? Is it just White people? Or is it Donald Trump supporters? Why do you scream at people for walking across the street — three blocks away from the Capitol? Why are you not as bada— around the Capitol, but then Trump supporters come in and you open the f—-ing doors for them?! You opened the doors for them and let them breach the People’s house! What is wrong with you?”

Mr. Scarborough’s commentary about shooting Black men in the face came in the wake of the fatal shooting of 14-year veteran of the Air Force veteran Ashli Babbit during the chaos.

The Capitol Police officer who fired his weapon at the 35-year-old has been placed on administrative leave.

The host then said the president’s recent rhetoric was tantamount to insurrection.

“That’s insurrection against the United States of America! And if Donald Trump Jr., Rudy Giuliani and Donald Trump are not arrested today for insurrection and taken to jail and booked — and if the Capitol Hill police do not go through every video and look at the face of every person that invaded our Capitol and if they are not arrested and brought to justice today — then we are no longer a nation of laws, and we only tell people they can do this again.”

Acting Metropolitan Police Chief Robert Contee III has responded to criticism by calling Capitol officers “heroic.”

“The USCP had a robust plan established to address anticipated First Amendment activities,” he said. “But make no mistake — these were not First Amendment activities; they were criminal riotous behavior.”

• Douglas Ernst can be reached at dernst@washingtontimes.com.

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