Twenty five years after he first ran for president, MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski on Friday lashed out at Bill Clinton, assailing the Democrat as a sexual “predator” who ruined the lives of women. The Morning Joe co-host, who didn’t wait that long to go after Donald Trump, attacked: “There are cases where the predator flourished and continued to be the president of the United States. I'm talking about Bill Clinton.”
She slammed the incidents “where the women were attacked, where they were settled with and their lives were ruined, Monica Lewinsky, and forever stamped with a scarlet letter.” Apparently, Brzezinski didn’t have a problem with putting a “predator” back in the White House as First Husband. On January 15, 2016, she told Hillary Clinton, “I would vote for you,” if the Democrat won the nomination.
In July of 2016, she predicted that Hillary Clinton would “slaughter” Trump.
Later in the show on Friday, Brzezinski touted Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand realizing that Bill Clinton should have resigned. Brzezinski added her own commentary, saying: “I felt this in the moment.” The Morning Joe co-host declared, “I think the days of sort of tip-toeing around the Clintons are over and I'm fine with it.”
Too bad that journalists weren’t this shocked at Bill Clinton when he was actually running for president in 1992 or running for reelection as president in 1996. Better late than never?
A partial transcript is below:
MIKA BRZEZINSKI: There are cases where the predator flourished and continued to be the president of the United States. I'm talking about Bill Clinton, where the women were attacked, where they were settled with and their lives were ruined, Monica Lewinsky, and forever stamped with a scarlet letter. This is what we’ve been dealing with on both sides of the aisle.
MIKA BRZEZINSKI: But Susan mentioned the interview Senator Gillibrand gave to the New York Times and I think it's important to end the block this way and then we will revisit. When asked by the New York Times if Bill Clinton should have resigned after his relationship with Monica Lewinsky was revealed, the New York Democrat — and I completely agree and I felt this in the moment — said, yes. I think that is the appropriate response. I don't know why women in the White House and in Washington did not think that in the moment. Adding quote — that's me, not her — “Things have changed today and I think under those circumstances there should be a very different reaction. And I think in light of this conversation we should have a very different conversation about President Trump, and a very different conversation about allegations against him.” Thank you, Kirsten Gillibrand. And as the Times notes, Gillibrand has a long-standing tie with the Clintons, now occupies the seat once held by Hillary Clinton. I think the days of sort of tip-toeing around the Clintons are over and I'm fine with it.