MSNBC “Morning Joe” co-host Joe Scarborough is drawing fire for using what the left is describing as a “racial epithet” to dismiss Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as a viable candidate for president.
The “Morning Joe” crew was discussing Johnson’s interview with Rolling Stone, where the half-black, half-Samoan actor talked about a run in 2020, only to concede the country needs qualified candidates experienced in policy and lawmaking to run.
Republican analyst Steve Schmidt argued that Johnson may be better qualified than President Trump, in part because of his kindness and humility, which he described as “qualities of character.”
“That’s like saying you let the lawn boy do brain surgery on your mother,” countered Scarborough.
For emphasis, the MSNBC co-host repeated the phrase several more times.
“And [Trump] was kind of a nasty lawn boy, didn’t know how to do brain surgery and he killed your mother,” Scarborough added. “But there’s another lawn boy across the street who is nice and has a better way about him when he’s mowing your lawn and collecting payment for mowing your lawn.”
Scarborough also brought Oprah Winfrey into the conversation.
“I mean, ‘The Rock’ doesn’t know any more about government than Donald Trump,” he said. “But yet, we’re talking about ‘The Rock’, we’re talking about Oprah… I could go down the list.”
The phrase “lawn boy” draws comparisons to a “lawn jockey,” which is considered a racial slur, as documented by the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia at Ferris State University:
“Moreover, to call an African American a lawn jockey is to insult him or her. When used by a Black person against another Black person, lawn jockey is synonymous with Uncle Tom. […] When used by a White person against a Black person, lawn jockey is a racial slur somewhere between darky and [the N-word].”
And while it’s too early to tell if this is a full blown scandal — the left does protect its own — here’s a sampling of responses to Scarborough’s slight from Twitter:
Joe Scarborough is a bloviating racist idiot…. https://t.co/f5ecepsDQm
— Mahogany, MBA (@Mahogany1992) April 5, 2018
— ThorsTherapistShy (@SharonShyBrown) April 5, 2018
Hoo, man. Shouldn't-a done that. https://t.co/2CynyEq9oR
— STEVE HUFF (@SteveHuff) April 5, 2018
And this shit is why I won't watch Scarborough. I RT'd him yesterday and I feel dirty. https://t.co/davEvjmxFY
— Very Legal, Very Cool Jayelle 🇺🇸🏳️🌈💖💜💙 (@GreenEyedLilo) April 5, 2018
Joe also said that Trump was a lawn boy That is an insult to lawn boys everywhere. Lawn boys work hard for their money. Trump got all his money from inheritance, scams and loans.
— John Mize (@fishygod666) April 5, 2018
No, that’s not a racial epithet. Check Urban Dictionary. Don’t try to create outrage where none is due.
— Brian Coolidge (@HeyBCool) April 5, 2018
#@MSNBC Joe Scarborough is
an embarrassment to your network. His comments are insulting and racist. #FireJoe
— ImpeachTrumpAlready (@mctango27) April 5, 2018
This is the norm for this show. It’s the @JoeNBC show and he’s a bigot.
— Hungry H🍩mer (@WolfWolfshield) April 5, 2018
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