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Joe Scarborough Grows Exasperated, Claims "I'm Done" During Max Blumenthal Interview (VIDEO)

Huffington Post   Danny Shea First Posted: 03/18/10 06:12 AM ET Updated: 05/25/11 03:15 PM ET

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When Max Blumenthal was on "Morning Joe" last month, the interview ended with host Joe Scarborough saying, "I need to get you back, we need to get more time, because I want to debate you on the book."

That debate — on Blumenthal's book, Republican Gomorrah — occurred Wednesday morning, but it didn't end as civilly.

Blumenthal's book argues that the Republican party has been hijacked by right-wing evangelical Christians. Scarborough began pressing Blumenthal on why he feels that evangelical Christians have no right to participate in politics, but the conversation quickly shifted to a discussion on extremism.

"Max, this is becoming a cartoon," Scarborough said after Blumenthal provided examples of far right extremist statements. "My point to you was that we can both pick out extremes on both sides who are reckless and irresponsible. Isn't the bigger problem that the far left over the past eight years, the far right during the Clinton administation, and now the far right again during the Obama administration, are trying to de-legitimize Presidents?"

Blumenthal initially agreed with Scarborough, but then continued pressing against the far right and called Scarborough "a member of the movement that's taken over the [Republican] party."

"Max, just stop," Scarborough said as Blumenthal continued ranting about Sarah Palin and the Republican party. "You're being intolerant here."

Then, following a discussion on conservatism and the 1990s surplus, Scarborough said to Blumenthal, "Let me finish."

"Well, you don't let me finish," Blumenthal said. "I'm not gonna let you take over the airwaves. I'm a guest. You should welcome guests."

"I'm done," Scarborough said soon after.

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