MSNBC's Joe Scarborough, who now spends much of his Morning Joe program trashing the Republican Party and various conservatives, used the inauguration of Barack Obama as another chance to slime the National Rifle Association.
The former Republican Congressman sneered at the National Rifle Association, suggesting that the gun group is promoting the "big lie" that government will come after most guns.
Scarborough insisted the "the big lie has worked for years." He added, "...If they take away your military-style assault weapons, take away the AR-15, they're going to take your hunting rifle, they’re gonna take your handgun, which of course is a big lie."
The phrase "the big lie" has a long history and was first used by Adolf Hitler in 1925.
Scarborough sounded just like his liberal co-host Mika Brzezinski. Regarding a shooting on Sunday, she snarled, "A guy shot his family with an assault rifle. But, you know, that's all right to these people, I guess."
Monday's Morning Joe was broadcast live from a bar in Washington D.C. Later in the program, Bill Karins sat down with children. Eight-year-old Julia insisted she wanted Obama to "take away the guns from other people because for a girl like me, it kind of scares me if I got killed."
Karins praised, "You're a very intelligent young lady."
On January 11, Scarborough maligned the motives of the NRA, sneering, "Do you know how much money these people have made over the slaughter of 20 innocents in Newtown?"
Given Scarborough's recent comments, it's bewildering that he still calls himself a "really conservative guy."
A transcript of the two exchanges is below:
JOE SCARBOROUGH: The answer is the big lie has worked for years. The NRA has said for years, well, you know, if they take away your military-style assault weapons, take away the AR-15, they're going to take your hunting rifle, they’re gonna take your handgun, which of course is a big lie. I mean, it's a big lie because constitutionally the government can't do that. The Supreme Court made sure of that. But, you know, we had a shooting yesterday, an AR-15 out in Albuquerque.
MIKA BRZEZINSKI: I think it’s six people, including children. I guess we just don't want to talk about it.
SCARBOROUGH: Three children, blown away.
BRZEZINSKI: A guy shot his family with an assault rifle. But, you know, that's all right to these people, I guess. I'm sorry. I don't mean to-- you know what? We have to have a tough conversation.
BILL KARINS: Welcome back to "Morning Joe" live from The Dubliner. I searched the entire bar for the three most intelligent people to ask them their opinion on the issues. Let me introduce you to Julia. Hi, Julia. These are your two twin brothers here. This is Degwyn and Connor. Conor, what are you looking forward to the most today?
CONOR: Sleep. I woke up at 4:00 in the morning to come here.
KARINS: And this is the highlight of your day?
KARINS: You're not supposed to say that. (To Degwyn) Alright, buddy. What do you want the president to work on the most in the next four years?
DEGWYN: Probably just trying to push harder to make everything fair.
KARINS: Like improve your Mets? You want the Mets to be better, right?
DEGWYN: Hopefully, yeah.
KARINS: Yeah, that's one of the big goals. (To Julia) And what about you?
JULIA: I want him to take away the guns from other people because for a girl like me, it kind of scares me if I got killed.
KARINS: Of course. We wouldn't want anything to happen to you. How old are you?
KARINS: You’re a very intelligent young lady. Thank you very much.
-- Scott Whitlock is the senior news analyst for the Media Research Center. Click here to follow him on Twitter.