On the set of “Morning Joe,” Monday, co-host Mika Brzezinski took on a big target — Bill Clinton.
The co-host of the popular MSNBC morning program said that if the media drumbeat surrounding sexual harassment continued, a reckoning with the former president was overdue and that covering up for him was part of how we ended up with Donald Trump in the White House.
“[Bill Clinton] continues to flourish today and his wife ran for president even though these women who accused him were attacked in the media, were maligned or settled and that’s a different standard than we’re holding other people who are accused of the same behavior or worse and this is why we have Trump. It’s all connected,” she said.
In addition to his very well-documented behavior with Monica Lewinsky in the Oval Office, Juanita Broaddrick, a registered nurse, accused Clinton of raping her in 1978 when he was serving as Arkansas Attorney General. Bill Clinton is also known to have paid an $850,000 settlement to Paula Jones after she accused him of exposing himself to her in a hotel room in 1991.
“Bill Clinton’s behavior was accepted, it was pushed under the rug,” said Brzezinski, who also used the monologue to applaud U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) for telling the New York Times last week that Bill should have resigned the presidency for his transgressions.
“I applaud Kirsten Gillibrand for finally saying what is true. We are in this situation because we have been hypocritical on both sides of the aisle,” said Brzezinski. “And whether you’re a Democrat or a Republican, sexually harassing someone who is 22 years old when you’re in power is just wrong and you should go.”
Brzezinski was a consistent critic of both the Clintons and Democratic leadership during the 2016 campaign. The relationship was so bad that then-DNC chief Debbie Wasserman Schultz pressured Brzezinski in emails, warning her to tone it down.
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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.
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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.”