- Joe Scarborough appeared on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” on Thursday night.
- The MSNBC “Morning Joe” host said he didn’t think President Donald Trump would run for reelection in 2020.
- “He didn’t want to be elected president. He didn’t think he was going to be elected president. He didn’t even think he was going to get the Republican nomination,” Scarborough said of Trump. “He’s going to cash out.”
Joe Scarborough thinks President Donald Trump will be moving out of the White House come January 2021 – of his own choice.
In an interview on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” on Thursday night, the MSNBC “Morning Joe” cohost was asked whether he thought any Republican would challenge Trump for the party’s nomination in the 2020 presidential election.
“I think so,” Scarborough said. “But I’ll say it again: I don’t think that they’re going to have to step up to challenge Donald Trump, because I don’t think Donald Trump is going to run for reelection.”
He continued: “He didn’t want to be elected president. He didn’t think he was going to be elected president. He didn’t even think he was going to get the Republican nomination. He’s going to cash out.”
Colbert said he thought “that would be a smart thing for him to do.”
When audience members started laughing, Colbert said, “I’m serious.”
“I’ll tell you why I don’t want that it to happen,” Colbert continued. “I think it’s important that the voters of American have an opportunity to say, ‘Oops, my bad, we made a mistake there’ and correct themselves, and if Donald Trump doesn’t run, he takes away that corrective action of history and therefore his presidency is whole and unjudged if he just doesn’t run again.
“He says, ‘I fixed it, made it great again, goodbye,’ and takes the $US100 million he’s raised and goes and, you know, makes another failing casino or something,” Colbert said.
“See, that’s the thing: He won’t do that now,” he said. “He’ll get money from the Saudis. He’s right now proving to the Saudis that he’ll be their lapdog. He’ll make money from Putin after he gets out; that’s why he’s been Putin’s lapdog.
“Donald Trump is all about money,” Scarborough added. “It’s what drives him.”
Scarborough’s opinion on whether Trump will run for reelection is noteworthy, since the two used to be quite close.
When he announced his candidacy in 2015, Trump was a frequent guest on Scarborough’s show.
But over the course of the campaign, Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, his cohost, became more critical of Trump, and in turn became the targets of some of his nastiest tweets.
In an August 2016 op-ed article for The Washington Post, Scarborough called for the Republican Party to dump Trump as its candidate, and he later questioned Trump’s mental fitness for office.
And in another “Late Show” appearance in July 2017, Scarborough said he planned to leave the Republican Party to become an independent.
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