Joe Scarborough renounces his affiliation with the GOP on Colbert [VIDEO]

When pressed by Colbert on why other Republicans havenโ€™t changed their mind when it comes to supporting the president, Joe said the following:

I think itโ€™s inexplicable. But this is well before Donald Trump was elected president that my party has betrayed their core values. I remember back in December of 2015, when Donald Trump supported a Muslim ban, I said on the air, I said, โ€œItโ€™s very simple. Itโ€™s black and white.โ€ I said โ€œI can never vote for anybody in my party that said they were going to ban people because of the god they worshiped.โ€ . . . It was disturbing through the entire campaign. In February, when [Trump] talked about David Duke and pretended that he didnโ€™t know who David Duke was, and didnโ€™t know what the Ku Klux Klan did. You didnโ€™t have Republicans coming out saying, โ€œI could never support Donald Trump because heโ€™s racist.โ€ Theyโ€™d have a thousand other excuses why. But they always overlooked that. Judge [Gonzalo P.] Curiel, when [Trump] called a guy from Indiana, he attacked him, said he could never be fair because heโ€™s Hispanic, Republicans didnโ€™t come out and say โ€œI could never vote for Donald Trump because heโ€™s a racist.โ€ Time and time and time again, theyโ€™ve turned the other way. And theyโ€™re doing the same thing now. And itโ€™s actually disgusting, and you have to ask yourself, โ€œWhat exactly is the Republican party willing to do? How far are they willing to go? How much of this country and our values are they willing to sell out?โ€

And when Colbert countered, โ€œBut arenโ€™t you a Republican?โ€ Thatโ€™s when Scarborough made clear his decision to leave the party: โ€œI am a Republican,โ€ he said, โ€œbut Iโ€™m not going to be a Republican anymore. Iโ€™ve got to become an Independent.โ€