Mika Brzezinski is warning women and men that the #MeToo movement may be spiraling out of control and lead to dangerous consequences in the workplace.
“I know men who won’t hire women now,” she said on the set of “Morning Joe” Tuesday. “Right now any woman can say anything, and a man’s career is ruined. Now, a lot of women can say things that are true, and [the men’s] careers should be ruined. But the problem is that any woman can say anything, and that’s it, it’s over. Is that how we’re running businesses now?”
Show regular Sam Stein disagreed, pushing back against Brzezinski and tacking hard to the #MeToo line.
“That’s stupid,” Stein told Brzezinski.
“Well, what would you do?” she shot back. “If someone could just say, ‘Sam touched me inappropriately.’”
“You need to have an atmosphere that is open to women coming forward,” he said, repeating standard movement dogma.
Brzezinski’s fiancé/co-host Joe Scarborough went on the attack against Stein.
“What happens 20 years from now where somebody says I worked with Sam Stein at the Huffington Post and we were having drinks one night and he put his hand on my leg?” said Scarborough “What happens in this environment, 20 years from now, you’re fired.”
Stein tried to joke his way out of it with a line about how he currently works at the Daily Beast, but he offered no real retort.
It’s not the first time Brzezinski has questioned the #MeToo movement, which her show used to champion. As allegations against MSNBC contributors like Mark Halperin, Glenn Thrush and Harold Ford Jr. have decimated the “Morning Joe” bench of guests, Brzezinski has increasingly sounded like some of her counterparts on Fox News.
“I’m just wondering if all women need to be believed and I’m concerned that we are being the judge, the jury and the cops here,” she said during a show earlier this month.