Gov. Scott Gets Bounced From Morning Joe

Florida Gov. Rick Scott was excused from his interview on yesterday’s edition of the MSNBC show Morning Joe. The Republican governor was clear that he wasn’t going to endorse anyone I this Tuesday’s big Florida primary, including the Sunshine State’s favorite son, Sen. Marco Rubio.

Host Joe Scarborough asked Scott a very direct question: “Would you tell your friend Donald Trump that he should walk back his statements that Muslim Americans, that Islam hates America, that Islam hates us? Do you think that Muslims in the state of Florida hate America?”

Rather than directly answering the question Scott decided to pivot and chanced the subject to security following the Paris attacks last year. Scarborough cut him off and again attempted to get a response to his question.


Co-host Mika Brzezinski made an attempt to press for an answer, “Rick, Rick, Rick, Rick, Rick, Rick…I know you and Joe are friends and this is kinda awkward. But, can you answer the question, or should we scoot?”

After a few more seconds of Scott dodging the issue, Mika pressed him again

Once again, Scott eluded the question, choosing to talk about tonight’s GOP debate.

Mika gave Scott what sounded like a half-hearted “thanks for being on” before dismissing him and tossing to commercials.

Jim Williams is the Washington Bureau Chief, Digital Director as well as the Director of Special Projects for Genesis Communications. He is starting his third year as part of the team. This is Williams 40th year in the media business, and in that time he has served in a number of capacities. He is a seven time Emmy Award winning television producer, director, writer and executive. He has developed four regional sports networks, directed over 2,000 live sporting events including basketball, football, baseball hockey, soccer and even polo to name a few sports. Major events include three Olympic Games, two World Cups, two World Series, six NBA Playoffs, four Stanley Cup Playoffs, four NCAA Men’s National Basketball Championship Tournaments (March Madness), two Super Bowl and over a dozen college bowl games. On the entertainment side Williams was involved s and directed over 500 concerts for Showtime, Pay Per View and MTV Networks.