'Stop apologizing and start acting strong!' Morning Joe tells Beto to QUIT saying he's sorry for being white, male and wealthy – but Mika says he should run for Senate instead

  • Joe Scarborough of MSNBC's Morning Joe said that 2020 presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke needs to 'be strong' and stop apologizing  for being a rich white male
  • He also said O'Rourke should stop apologize for launching his campaign on the cover of Vanity Fair magazine in April. 'Do not apologize for being on Vanity Fair. Own it,' Scarborough said
  • When appearing on The View Tuesday, O'Rourke agreed the move was 'elitist' and reinforced his 'privilege' 
  • Morning Joe co-host, and Scarborough's wife, Mika Brzezinksi suggested that O'Rourke make another bid for the Senate
  • He unsuccessfully ran against Republican Texas Senator Ted Cruz in an attempt to turn the Senate seat blue in the 2018 midterm elections 

Morning Joe co-host Joe Scarborough voiced some advice for 2020 presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke: stop apologizing for everything and 'own it.'

'I have campaign advice for Beto if he's relaunching his campaign, and it's this: Beto, stop apologizing,' Scarborough said on his MSNBC show Wednesday morning.

'Do not apologize for being on Vanity Fair. Own it. Do not apologize for having a very rich father-in-law. Own it,' Scarborough continued. 'Do not apologize for being white, do not apologize for being privileged, do not apologize for being a man. And also, Beto, do not apologize for getting great press coverage, because what you want is great press coverage.'

The Democratic candidate appeared on The View Tuesday and told the roundtable that he regretted launching his campaign in April on the cover of Vanity Fair magazine.

Morning Joe co-host Joe Scarborough (right) advised 2020 presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke to "be strong" and stop apologizing for being white, male and rich

Morning Joe co-host Joe Scarborough (right) advised 2020 presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke to 'be strong' and stop apologizing for being white, male and rich

O'Rourke appeared on The View Tuesday where he apologized for his 'elitist' campaign launch

O'Rourke appeared on The View Tuesday where he apologized for his 'elitist' campaign launch

The April cover of Vanity Fair included an article where O'Rourke officially launched his 2020 campaign, a move some say showed his 'privilege.' Scarborough said that was another thing for which O'Rourke needed to stop apologizing

The April cover of Vanity Fair included an article where O'Rourke officially launched his 2020 campaign, a move some say showed his 'privilege.' Scarborough said that was another thing for which O'Rourke needed to stop apologizing

'Yeah, I think it reinforces that perception of privilege,' O'Rourke said when The View co-host Joy Behar asked if it was a mistake and 'elitist' to appear on the cover of the magazine.

Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski, who is married to Scarborough, said that she felt she needed to give O'Rourke a 'know your value' speech.

'You're paying people to give you advice. Let me tell you, it's bad advice. I'm giving you good advice: Stop apologizing and start acting strong,' Scarborough said in concluding his advice for the former Texas representative. 'That's what Democrats want, as well as Republicans. Be strong, don't apologize.'

Scarborough served as a Republican representative for Florida from 1995-2001, and Brzezinski, a liberal, said, 'Boy, I trained you well, Joe' following his directive for O'Rourke.

At one point during his monologue, Brzezinski interrupted Scarborough to suggest that O'Rourke run for the Senate.

O'Rourke, who represented Texas' 16th congressional district from 2013-2019, was unsuccessful in his bid in the 2018 midterm elections to unseat Republican Senator from Texas, Ted Cruz, who has held his seat since 2013. 

Mika Brzezinski (left), the cohost of Morning Joe and wife of Scarborough, said she felt she needed to give O'Rourke a "know your value" speech and suggested he again run for Senate

Mika Brzezinski (left), the cohost of Morning Joe and wife of Scarborough, said she felt she needed to give O'Rourke a 'know your value' speech and suggested he again run for Senate

O'Rourke challenged Senator Ted Cruz for his U.S. Senate seat in the 2018 midterm elections, but was unsuccessful

O'Rourke challenged Senator Ted Cruz for his U.S. Senate seat in the 2018 midterm elections, but was unsuccessful

He did, however, come much closer to beating Cruz than was anticipated for the deeply red state. Since 1997, Republicans have controlled the Senate seats from Texas.

After his Senate bid, where O'Rourke had the backing of several high-profile lawmakers and celebrities, including singer Beyonce Knowles, many pushed for him to run for president. When he lost, O'Rourke said he took a cross-country road trip across America, and eventually decided he wanted to run for president in 2020.

The Vanity Fair cover piece, title 'Beto's Choice: His road to 2020 begins,' O'Rourke insinuated that he was 'born' to be president. He clarified when appearing on The View that he meant to portray that he felt he was born to serve in public office.

'In the article I was attempting to say that I felt that my calling was in public service,' O'Rourke said. 'No one is born to be president of the United States of America, least of all me.'

Scarborough's last piece of advice for O'Rourke was to show that he would be a good Democratic opponent to face President Donald Trump in 2020.

'They want somebody stepping in the ring that will beat Donald Trump,' Scarborough said.

There are currently 23 Democrats running to be the party's nomination to take on Trump next year, and there are prospects for several others to join the race in the coming months. 

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Morning Joe tells Beto O'Rourke to QUIT saying he's sorry for being a rich white male 

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