[VIDEO] Mika Challenges Joe: ‘Are You Saying Ted Cruz Loves This Country?’

On Morning Joe Monday morning, co-hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough clashed over whether divisive Senator Ted Cruz was displaying a lack of love for his country through his tactics that have resulted in a government shutdown.

“It shows how much they hate him [Obama] and don’t love the country, and that’s what’s scary about this,” Brzezinski said, of the GOP caucus that’s “playing chicken” with Obama on the continuing resolution and debt ceiling.

“Are you saying they don’t love the country?” Joe said in disbelief.

“Are you saying they do?” Brzezinski asked. “Ted Cruz and his group loves the country? We disagree. I think he loves his prospects to develop a database more than he loves the country.”

“I have never suggested the craziest left wing lunatic didn’t love their country,” Scarborough said. “I think Ted Cruz believes that ObamaCare is dangerous, I think he believes it’s devastating. I think he’s willing to take extreme measures to stop it from happening. But you suggested that some people might not love this country. People love this country, but they believe we get to the best outcome in completely different ways.”

“Ted Cruz has lost the ObamaCare fight,” guest Steve Rattner said. “If he loves America, now he should try to negotiate something where he gets something and we don’t go over the cliff.”

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