Hey, Joe Scarborough: You don’t have to politicize every tragedy

Scarborough insinuates that Republicans today who question the FBI’s leadership and evidently partisan nature may be culpable of fostering a kind of paranoia and violence that supposedly created McVeigh. This clumsy attempt wouldn’t be a big deal if it didn’t reflect months of his rhetoric. (Now, I know some of you are going to tell me he meant no such thing. I think it’s highly unlikely. But if that’s the case, I apologize in advance.)

For one thing, the implication that people critical of law enforcement are somehow being unpatriotic is reminiscent of White House defenders’ arguments. The FBI does great work, but it also has a long history of botching investigations and lying.

There is some evidence that there were different standards for investigating Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. There is evidence that FBI leaders were leaking politically sensitive (and classified) documents to the press. Scarborough, in fact, sent this tweet out a couple of hours before the Justice Office of the Inspector General forwarded to the U.S. attorney’s office a criminal referral regarding former acting head of the FBI Andrew McCabe.