Joe Scarborough sparked outrage by comparing Donald Trump to Vladimir Putin and saying that the president 'would kill reporters if he could get away with it'.
The Morning Joe host made the inflammatory comments on Monday while discussing Trump's disastrous interview with 60 Minutes which aired the night before.
Trump abruptly ended that interview 37 minutes in and attacked journalist Lesley Stahl after she opened by asking: 'Are you ready for some tough questions?'
Reacting to the exchange on his MSNBC show, Scarborough said it's 'fascinating that Donald Trump says its "inappropriate" for Lesley Stahl to ask tough questions' and that the president 'resembles an autocratic leader from eastern Europe'.
'Though he kills journalists, Vladimir Putin, on camera, actually seems a little more willing to answer tough questions when they are asked of him,' Scarborough said. 'Donald Trump can't even handle that.'
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Joe Scarborough sparked outrage by saying Donald Trump 'would kill reporters if he could get away with it' during Monday's episode of Morning Joe
Scarborough compared Trump to Vladimir Putin (above together) while discussing the president's disastrous 60 Minutes interview. 'Though he kills journalists, Vladimir Putin, on camera, actually seems a little more willing to answer tough questions when they are asked of him,' Scarborough said. 'Donald Trump can't even handle that'
Though Trump has never been quiet about his disdain for the 'Fake News' media, Scarborough's assertion that the president would commit murder crossed the line for some viewers.
Sounding off on Twitter, critics called the comments 'absurd' and 'ridiculous'.
'Such total c**p - why is he on the air?' one viewer asked. 'Oh yeah, propaganda.'
Viewers branded Scarborough's comments 'absurd' and 'ridiculous' on Twitter
Trump's frustrations with the media came to a head last Tuesday when he stormed out of his interview with Stahl after becoming irritated by her questions.
His refusal to sit through Stahl's questioning sparked uproar on social media, and the president, furious at being called weak, released the entire clip on his Facebook page on Thursday.
'Look at the bias, hatred and rudeness on behalf of 60 Minutes and CBS,' he said, with a link to the 37 minute segment.
CBS finally aired its full program on Sunday night, with Stahl explaining in the introduction: 'We had prepared to talk about the many issues and questions facing the president, but in what has become an all-too-public dust-up, the conversation was cut short.
'It began politely, but ended regrettably, contentiously.'
Trump's frustrations with the media came to a head last Tuesday when he stormed out of his 60 Minutes interview with Lesley Stahl after becoming irritated by her questions
The president bristled immediately when Stahl started the interview by asking: 'Are you ready for some tough questions?'
He brought that up directly before he cut the interview short.
'Excuse me. Lesley you started with your first statement was are you ready for tough questions. That's no way to talk,' Trump told Stahl.
He also pointed out that Democratic nominee Joe Biden gets 'softball after softball'.
'I've seen all his interviews, he's never been asked a question that's hard,' Trump said.
The president also pushed that the '60 Minutes' interview wasn't supposed to be hard.
'When you set up the interview you didn't say that,' he told Stahl. 'You said: "Oh, let's have a little interview." And here's what I do say, you don't ask Joe Biden. I saw your interview with Joe Biden.'
Stahl interjected: 'I've never done a Joe Biden [interview].'
Trump called it 'a joke'.
While Stahl started off by telling the president the interview would be 'tough,' on several occasions she pointed out how loved the president is by his supporters and asked why he didn't use that influence to push them to wear masks or lay off Michigan Gov Gretchen Whitmer, who was targeted by right-wing militia members in part of a kidnapping plot.
Trump said he believed 'masks possibly worked' and that a 'lot of people are wearing masks' to his rallies, which have packed in thousands since the president returned to the campaign trail after his battle with coronavirus.
Stahl said she couldn't believe Trump wouldn't push people to be more cautious at the rallies after the White House Rose Garden event to announce Judge