MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” co-host Joe Scarborough tweeted a misleading quote from Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) on Sunday that went viral after he left the tweet up for several hours. He later deleted it after many people started calling him out for it.
Scarborough tweeted: .@SenOrrinHatch talking about children’s health care: “I have a rough time wanting to spend billions and billions and trillions of dollars to help people that won’t help themselves - won’t lift a finger - and expect the government to do everything.”
Scarborough’s tweet implied that the Republican Senator said sick children do not deserve government assistance because they are lazy bums.
But when Hatch uttered those words, he was referring to welfare spending in general; he was not speaking about the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
In his speech, Hatch specifically said “We’re going to do CHIP. There is no doubt in my mind.” Hatch was simply pointing out the U.S. is running out of money, which is true given the fact that the U.S. is currently $20.53 trillion in debt.
Hatch emphasized his commitment to CHIP, saying that CHIP is going to get through and that he is going to personally see that it goes through.
Despite these facts, Scarborough doubled down after he deleted his tweet by tweeting several times about his deleted tweet.