Joe Scarborough tore into the GOP on Tuesday's "Morning Joe," asking Republicans if they "ever want to be in the White House again."
The MSNBC host was discussing GOP strategist Mike Murphy's work on pro-gun control ads for New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg. Murphy has defended himself against right-wing critics, or "'traitor' howlers" as he called them, over the ads, saying that he supported background checks like the NRA did in 1999.
Scarborough praised Murphy as someone who would help the GOP "get the middle of America back," and speculated that the strategist would be "hounded for the rest of his political life by extreme members of the NRA."
He then turned to the "howlers" who have called him a "RINO" or "Republican in name only," saying:
According to these "howlers" on the far right, they are such a minority. Sure, you know, 12 of them go out and they vote in these Congressional primary races -- never enough to win presidential races. So, the party just has to decide: do you ever want to be in the White House again or not? It's very simple.
I like winning, I’m different. I definitely am a RINO in that respect, my dear howling friends. I like to win. In fact, I do win. That’s just what I do. I go out -- I don’t know if you knew this or not -- the idea in elections is to get more votes than the other side.
Scarborough is frequently the target of right-wing critics who call him a RINO. He has addressed those critics on air before, going off on right-wing bloggers during the Republican primary election and once telling them to "shut the hell up."