MSNBC's Joe Scarborough defends Rudy Giuliani after panelist claims former mayor 'exploited 9/11'

MSNBC host Joe Scarborough offered a rare, passionate defense for Trump personal attorney Rudy Giuliani after a panelist on his show claimed that Giuliani "exploited" the Sept. 11 terror attacks as the New York City mayor.

Giuliani, who has become deeply involved in the Ukraine scandal that sparked the ongoing impeachment inquiry into President Trump, was attacked viciously by MSNBC commentator Donny Deutsch over his handling of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.

"For a few days, he did do something heroically for the city, yet he traded on it from then on," Deutsch began his remarks on Monday. "Anybody that lives in this town knows that he exploited 9/11. I don't even want to give him that because in the years to come, in the most self-serving way, he exploited the greatest tragedy we had lived through..."

Scarborough jumped in and offered a fiery response to Deutsch.

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MSNBC host Joe Scarborough, left, jumped to the defense of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, seen at right with President George W. Bush, for his handling of the 9/11 attack response.

MSNBC host Joe Scarborough, left, jumped to the defense of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, seen at right with President George W. Bush, for his handling of the 9/11 attack response. (Getty/AP, File)

"Wait, wait, wait, wait, wait. C'mon, c'mon, c'mon," Scarborough reacted. "I can't let you say that on my show... Listen, if you've got issues with Rudy Giuliani, take up those issues with Rudy Giuliani, what's going on right now."

Scarborough continued, "I know for myself and for a lot of Americans, when George Bush was stumbling the first week, it was Rudy who stepped into the void... Let’s just talk about what’s going on now and don’t bring up 9/11. I mean, if we want to talk about Rudy, I say this makes it more of a tragedy that Rudy Giuliani, along with the great people of New York City and a great police commissioner, turned this city around in '93 and '94 and '95 and '96... I think that's makes what's going on even more tragic.”

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Even liberal MSNBC host Rev. Al Sharpton joined the defense of Giuliani, saying that what he and President George W. Bush did after 9/11 was "needed" and how "shockingly, the city came together."