Two well-known media personalities got into a shouting match Thursday over the role of Rob Bergdahl in his son’s erratic behavior.
Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough’s passion got the best of him as he tried to talk over NBC’s Chief White House Correspondent Chuck Todd defense of the elder Bergdahl advising his uniformed son to follow his conscience.
Scarborough denounced the hirsute father for acquiescing to such bizarre emails he received from his son, saying “I keep holding up this image where Barack Obama has his arm around a man who is reaching out to pro-Taliban forces, talking about killing Americans.”
Todd immediately interjected, “Joe, Joe, don’t criticize the parents. Don’t criticize the parents in here that are missing a child. Their son is missing for five years.”
He went on to admonish Scarborough for not being logical, but the irate host would have none of it.
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“I have a 26-year-old son, and if my son is out on the wire and he is out there with fellow troops and he writes me up and says he hates America and he’s thinking about deserting and he’s thinking about leaving his post, I can tell you as a father of that 26-year-old or 23-year-old son, I’d say, ‘Joey, you stay the hell right there!’”
“I would call his commander,” he continued, “I would say, ‘Get my son. He is not well. Get him to a military base in Germany.’ I would not say ‘Follow your conscience, son.’ I would not reach out to the voice of jihad.”
Todd accused Scarborough of backseat driving, which he vehemently denied, and asked him if Bergdahl was a bad father?
The impassioned Scarborough answered, “Yes, he is! Oh my god, Chuck.”
He went on to explain that no frontline soldier has the right to endanger the lives of his buddies.
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