Former Democratic National Committee chairwoman Donna Brazile took the stage at “Morning Joe” on Wednesday to discuss the 2016 election as part of her very extensive book tour.
While on set, Brazile walked back some of her most contentious claims, saying the Democratic primary contest between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders was essentially fair.
That drew a furious denunciation from show co-host Joe Scarborough, who closed out the Brazile interview with a passionate monologue arguing that the DNC had “rigged” the primaries against the Vermont senator.
“Do you remember when the debates were scheduled, up against NFL games? Do you remember every decision, large and small, it was always meant to rig the process against Bernie Sanders?” said Scarborough. “We can have all these legal arguments, all these semantic arguments, all these machinations, but you know what, the Democrats need to stoop pretending this didn’t happen with [former DNC boss] Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Every step of the way.”
Scarborough added, “If they do that, if they face that reality then they’ll face 2018 a little bit stronger, but man it was rigged in ways large and small from day one,” he added.
Since revealing details of a 2015 funding agreement between the Clinton campaign and the DNC, Brazile has been on the warpath, storming sets across cable and network news from morning to primetime.
In addition to the fundraising agreement, which she says gave the Clinton campaign too much authority over DNC decisions, Brazile has accused top leaders of the campaign of sexism, and said she considered trying to dump Clinton from the ticket after the candidate fainted at a September 11 event in New York City last fall.
On set at “Morning Joe,” Brazile continued the pile-on, likening Clinton’s team to religious fanatics.
“It was a cult,” she said. “You could not penetrate them.”
16 'Morning Joe' Trump Insults That Got Personal, From 'Schmuck' to 'Jackass' (Photos)
President Trump recently received a ton of criticism for sending out a pair of tweets about MSNBC's "Morning Joe" hosts “Psycho” Joe Scarborough and “low I.Q. Crazy” Mika Brzezinski.
“She was bleeding badly from a face-lift,” he wrote of an encounter with Brzezinski he claims he had in Florida weeks before his inauguration.
While nothing can justify the president mocking a woman's appearance, the "Morning Joe" duo have been attacking Trump for months.
Check out 16 recent times the MSNBC stars said something that Trump could have taken personally.
They compared him to Kim Jong-un
“This is unprecedented, to have a president who behaves this way,” Brzezinski said on June 23. “It does feel like a developing dictatorship."
Brzezinski said what Bill Clinton was to sex, Trump is to "decency"
"What Bill Clinton did to the issue of sex to an entire generation, I believe this president is doing on issues of decency, on issues of conspiracy theories, on issues of fake news," Brzezinski said in June 15. "I think it's that simple and we're desensitized if we even argue it."
"If the president seems delusional about his accomplishments, you can point no further than that room," Brzezinski said in June 14. "There are no real men in the inner circle of the White House... none at all."
“Donald Trump, again, being a schmuck, thinking he can buy people’s integrity by inviting them over to the White House and wowing them,” Scarborough said on June 7 when discussing a dinner party at the White House. “That’s how he thinks. I know that first hand.”
Scarborough said Trump “is not a sane, rational human being”
“If any CEO, in a Fortune 500 company, was behaving this way, he or she would be removed immediately… they would take him out, he would have psychiatric evaluation and he would no longer be the CEO,” Scarborough said on June 6.
Scarborough called Trump a “bumbling dope” on May 11 because of the way a meeting with Russia’s Foreign Minister was handled.
“Looking at the front pages of the newspapers here… The Wall Street Journal also, you look, of course, at pictures. The shameful picture where the United States press corps was kept out but the Russians were allowed in,” Scarborough said while holding up the paper.
Scarborough slammed Trump on March 31, saying that Russians are lucky that POTUS is “stupid enough” to pick up their fake news.
“We’re obsessed on how the Russians have hacked, how the Russians have tried to impact this, how the Russians have tried to impact the White House,” Scarborough said. “We’re really just playing into their hands.”