As recent as February of 2016 the leadership at MSNBC were concerned with Scarborough's "closeness" with Trump.
On Wednesday, Joe Scarborough, co-host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” attacked President Trump, predicting “nobody will be lulled to sleep in 2020 by Donald Trump’s lies and misinformation,” and warning that white voters in the United States are a “shrinking electorate.”
Scarborough stated (transcript from Newsbusters)
I think one of the most remarkable things as far as voting trends go is that black women in Central Alabama, not in an off year election, right, in a special election, came out and voted against the Republican candidate in numbers that even exceeded those for Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012. You look at what women did across America in Northern Virginia, Southern California, going out, standing in line, standing in the rain, to vote against Trump supporters in Congress. I think America has been awakened to the dangers of this short-term thinking. I think conservatives, I think highly educated women in suburbs, they are gone from the Trump Republican Party forever. So I think that we need to take Bret's warning, it is a global trend. I am hopeful though, as Gene said, nobody will be lulled to sleep in 2020 by Donald Trump’s lies and misinformation.
Co-host Mika Brzezinski interjected, “I hope not. I will say, that traveling and talking to people, I'm still surprised at how many people are just so mad at Washington and they don't care. And they plan on voting for him. They don't care what he does. They just are mad at Washington. It is still there. Bret Stephens, thank you.”