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Newt Gingrich compared Mueller to Stalin, and Joe Scarborough isn't having it

Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough has never been one to hold back how he feels, but you could tell things were getting personal Thursday when he took aim at Newt Gingrich, who served as speaker of the House when Scarborough was a Republican congressman in the late 1990s.

Scarborough's diatribe stemmed from Gingrich's appearance on Fox & Friends on Wednesday, where he compared the FBI's search of Michael Cohen's office and residences to Soviet Russia and the Gestapo in Nazi Germany. "Newt Gingrich skips the Vietnam war," Scarborough said. "Robert Mueller goes there and serves admirably, and Newt Gingrich is comparing a war hero, a man who has dedicated his entire life to protecting the U.S. Constitution, to Stalin?"

Scarborough went on: "For Newt Gingrich to shame himself, for Newt Gingrich to disgrace himself, for Newt Gingrich to humiliate himself, for Newt Gingrich to lay waste to his legacy by comparing a Vietnam War hero — who's dedicated his entire life to protecting the U.S. Constitution of Americans — to compare Bob Mueller to Joseph Stalin, the most evil man of the 20th century? Shows you how contemptible Newt Gingrich is as a man, and shows you how desperate he and everyone else involved in this wretched exercise are." Watch below, with the Gingrich remarks beginning around 2:30. Jeva Lange