Florida governor thrown off interview after refusing to say if Muslims hate America
Rick Scott was maybe trying to be Donald Trump.
“Would you tell your friend Donald Trump that he should walk back his statements that Muslims — that Islam hates America and Islam hates us,” Scarborough asked.
Scott only said that after the terrorist attacks in Paris, he asked for the federal government to halt “certain refugees,” adding he’s still “fairly certain that the U.S. government’s not vetting them.”
Scarborough then pushed further and asked whether Scott thinks generally, if Muslims hate Americans.
Scott refused to answer, instead talking vaguely about Florida “heading in the right direction.”
“I want to know what’s going on in your head, governor,” Scarborough said. “We’re friends. Do you personally think that Islam is a religion that hates America?”
When Scott again side-stepped the question, Scarborough’s co-host, Mika Brzezinski could be heard saying, “wrap it.” She then added, “No, no. That’s not answering any questions.”
“Rick, I know you and Joe are friends and this is kind of awkward, but can you answer the question, or should we scoot,” Brzezinski asked.
Scott again failed to answer the question, prompting the hosts to cut his mic and move on to the next segment.