TV Host, Former U.S. Representative Officially Leaves Republican Party

October 13, 2017Oct 13, 2017

On Thursday, MSNBC host and former Republican Congressman Joe Scarborough announced that he has officially left the Republican Party. He posted the announcement on his Twitter account. 

Scarborough served in the U.S. House of Representatives from Florida between 1995-2001. The former Republican representative will now be classified as an Independent. 

The "Morning Joe" host has been known to be extremely critical of President Trump and of the current state of the Republican party. In July, he told late night host Stephen Colbert that he intended to leave the political party. 

He said, "I am a Republican, but I'm not going to be a Republican anymore."

He told Colbert that Republicans have abandoned their fiscal principles. He said, "You have to ask yourself, what exactly is the Republican Party willing to do? How far are they willing to go? How much of this country and our values are they willing to sell out?"

While he has expressed his frustrations, he has been a longtime Republican and even sat with Congress during President Trump's February joint address. 

Scarborough announced his new political affiliation and added a photo of himself with an elections official in New Canaan, Connecticut. He added a jab to President Trump in his caption.

During his time in Congress, Scarborough reportedly voted for pro-gun and pro-life legislation. Additionally, he voted to expand the military and was against progressive economic policies. 

Now, Scarborough has made it apparent that his dislike toward President Trump has caused him to abandon the party that he has supported for many years. 

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