MSNBC host Joe Scarborough was amused Wednesday at the expense of the first dog, Major Biden, embroiled in a scathing controversy at the White House.
Major, one of two German Shepherds owned by the president and the first lady, bit a second White House employee on Monday shortly after his return to the executive mansion after an initial incident earlier this month. The second member of staff required medical attention.
Jill Biden's press secretary, Michael de Rosa, confirmed the 'pinch' in a statement to Fox News, saying: 'Major is still adjusting to his new surroundings and bit someone while walking. As a precaution, the individual was seen by WHMU through the White House Medical Unit and then returned to work unharmed.
While Scarborough's wife and "Morning Joe" co-host Mika Brzezinski expressed her sympathy for the "good boy" on Wednesday's show, Scarborough was not so soft.
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"If the dog bit two people, that dog had better put his affairs in order," Scarborough said with a smile, "and get ready to meet Jesus the Dog."
Oh, stop it, Joe!" Brzezinski reacted.
No, your dog cannot bite two people!" Scarborough exclaimed.
It's a rescue," Brzezinski defended the White House mascot. "Dogs tell the truth."
Biden's dog bites another White House employee.
Scarborough reacted. I don't know what that means. Are you saying this to two people, Major bit ... He brought a werewolf to the White House areas! This is Cujo! As if Stephen King needed to write 'Cujo goes to the White House'»
I'm with the Major," Brzezinski told her husband.
Morning Joe, co-host Willie Geist suggested that the best solution is for Major to have a permanent home in Delaware.
Scarborough, however, went on to suggest that the Biden dog should be euthanized.
My God, Willie. I'm going home," smiled the MSNBC host. "He is a murderer."
Scarborough then asked Jake Sherman, MSNBC contributor, founder of Punchbowl News, whether Biden would let the dog go or not.
Sherman replied, Oh, You can't add me to this. Sorry, I will not be interested in it.
Let me ask you this, Jake, Scarborough replied. What would you do if you had a dog that would do a little bit to two people?
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Sharmeen replied, Well, If I were president, I would send this dog home to Delaware, maybe.
If I were president, I'd probably send that dog home to Delaware, probably, Sherman replied.
Brzezinski advised Bidens to "leash" the major all day and re-teach dog manners.
Mika, this is sheer hypocrisy," Scarborough told his wife. Do we really want to be included in the record of saving your little ones? They never got another bite with you.