‘It’s not like we’re Sean Hannity’: Joe Scarborough escalates mockery of Fox News host’s Russia coverage

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Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski on “Morning Joe.”
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MSNBC host Joe Scarborough took another swing on Monday at Sean Hannity over the Fox News anchor’s continued positive statements about Russia.

Scarborough said that after he read the intelligence community’s report pointing to Russian involvement in the election-related hacking, he “started hearing from people” he respects who cautioned the facts might not match up to the sensational headlines.

At the same time, he distanced himself from observers like Hannity who have dismissed the intelligence outright.

“I saw the big headlines on Friday, but then I started hearing from people I respect, who know this better than anyone else saying: ‘Wait a second. We’re not sure the facts in this declassified report that actually match up to the headlines,'” Scarborough said.

He continued: “We should be asking these questions without drawing any conclusions that would be less damning. It’s not like we’re Sean Hannity going around being like ‘God Bless Russia,’ or whatever he did yesterday.'”

Scarborough was referring to Hannity’s since-deleted tweet on Sunday in which he quoted a user who expressed hope that Trump would “make Russia great again.”

Scarborough’s jab is the latest in a series of critical barbs the two hosts have exchanged over the past week.

Last week, Scarborough criticized Republicans for supporting WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, whom Hannity interviewed earlier this month.

“And now they’re sitting there – like, Sean Hannity – there’s a bromance there. It’s repulsive,” Scarborough said.

Hannity quickly shot back in a slew of tweets taking aim at Scarborough’s television ratings and implying that the MSNBC host was seeking a job at Fox News.

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to more accurately reflect the remarks MSNBC host Joe Scarborough made about the US intelligence report on Russian hacking.