MSNBC "Morning Joe" host Joe Scarborough is hitting back at some conservatives in the media who he says are taking an elitist attitude toward Donald Trump and his supporters.
In a Sunday column for the Washington Post, Scarborough, a former Republican congressman, said that some conservative commentators "are sounding as cocooned from their own political party as any liberal writing social commentary for the New Yorker or providing political analysis for ABC News."
"[W]hat is most astonishing is the rising level of rage among Trump's political enemies from inside the Republican establishment," said Scarborough. "Many of my conservative friends are sounding as arrogant and unmoored as left-wing pundits let loose on MSNBC during the Bush years."
Scarborough took criticism earlier this year from some of the same commentators, and many others, for what critics call his fawning treatment of Trump in interviews.
Some venerable right-leaning publications and commentators, like National Review and George Will of the Washington Post, have denounced Trump for, they say, his insufficient conservatism and his apparent lack of knowledge about conservative thinking and policy.
Trump, who does hold some positions at odds with traditional conservatism, such as strengthening entitlement programs, has fought back against that criticism, calling commentators like Will "eggheads."
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