Joe Scarborough Floats Questionable Theory On Why People Like Ron DeSantis Better Than Kamala Harris
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 02: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Host of MSNBC's "Morning Joe", Joe Scarborough visits 'Sway in the Morning' with Sway Calloway on Eminem's Shade 45 at SiriusXM Studios on August 2, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)
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MSNBC anchor Joe Scarborough claimed on Sunday that “media bias” was the reason people seemed to favor Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) over sitting Vice President Kamala Harris.

The “Morning Joe” host argued that the media often gave much more favorable coverage to DeSantis than to Harris, complaining that the Vice President had not been the subject of a positive profile piece in a year.

“MEDIA BIAS ALERT: Kamala Harris hasn’t had a positive profile in a year. DeSantis sneezes and he’s framed as the rising star of politics. And yet the Great White Hope STILL loses is every head-to-head matchup with Harris. The VP also draws even with Trump,” Scarborough tweeted.

Scarborough shared a article detailing the results of a recent Harvard/Harris poll — which did show Harris beating Governor DeSantis in a potential one-on-one contest, but also showed Trump besting both President Joe Biden and Harris. Trump topped the list as “most favorable” political figure in that poll as well — followed closely by former Vice President Mike Pence and independent Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders — and bested Biden by three points in overall favorability and Harris by six.

Scarborough did not mention those numbers, however, and instead followed his initial tweet with a screenshot of a recent YouGov poll that showed Biden beating both DeSantis and Trump. In that poll, Harris also bested DeSantis but broke even when matched up against Trump.

“Here’s a recent poll showing Biden beating DeSantis and Trump. Newsom beating DeSantis and Trump, Harris beating DeSantis and drawing with Trump,” he tweeted.

“Here’s my takeaway: DeSantis will melt under the national spotlight, Trump is damaged goods, and Republicans are so extreme they’re chasing voters away who don’t consider themselves Democrats. This 2022 election is far more competitive at this stage than it should be,” Scarborough continued.

“And two years is a lifetime,” he concluded, predicting that even if Trump were able to win a 2024 Republican primary, he would not win a general election. “Trump may be ahead of DeSantis in primary matchups (though I’m skeptical he would beat him) but Trump will not win a general election in 2024. DeSantis can, Youngkin can, and several other Republicans can. Not Trump.”

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