Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough have been accused of turning last week’s MSNBC Town Hall with Donald Trump into a “puff session” — and that was before audio leaked from a hot mic that allegedly captured the trio colluding during commercial breaks.
The could-be-damaging audio includes Brzezinski asking, “Do you not want me to do, the um, the ones with, um, deportation?”
“We really do have to go to some questions,” Scarborough responds before Trump chimes in with, “Nothing too hard, Mika.”
Brzezinski can be heard saying, “OK,” directly after Trump’s remark. The Town Hall never featured a question about deportation. Shearer says the audio came from his “found objects department” and jokes “you can cut the adversarial tension there with a knife. A butter knife, but still.”
Brzezinski told the Huffington Post’s Michael Calderone that she was talking to her producer, not Trump, when she made the comments about deportation. Brzezinski also told Calderone that she is “100 percent certain” that she didn’t “connect with Donald Trump on any level about the questions I’d be asking him.”
Just talked to @morningmika, who said she was talking to her producer, not Trump, about deportation question at MSNBC town hall.
— Michael Calderone (@mlcalderone) February 22, 2016
TheWrap has confirmed that the conversation took place in the control room and physically in front of producers during each break. Listen below (21:25 mark) and judge for yourself.