When you see the president calling the press “enemies of the people several times” and “who repeatedly verbally abused reporters, recklessly and irresponsibly in large arenas calling out people’s names … What do we expect?” Scarborough said, adding that people are “clueless” if they think “the thuggish behavior from the president of the United States does not have an impact on people who are trying to emulate him.”

Scarborough insisted Trump isn’t only “thuggish” toward reporters but also toward the First Amendment, toward the courts and to “anyone who dares to challenge his ultimate authority.”

“The fish rots, again, from the head,” Scarborough said. “At what point do Republicans start criticizing Donald Trump for attacking federal judges? At what point do Republicans start criticizing Donald Trump for using a Stalinist trick, calling the press enemies of the people?”