Morning Joe co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski blasted Hillary Clinton on Tuesday for making what they called a “pathetic” charge of sexism against her Democratic presidential opponent, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT). Sanders had commented at the first Democratic debate that Clinton had been “shouting” about gun control. Hillary suggested that his use of word “shouting” was actually about her gender:
I’ve been told to stop, and I quote, shouting about gun violence. Well, first of all, I’m not shouting. It’s just when women talk, some people think we’re shouting.
Sanders denied the charge, telling CNN’s Jake Tapper in a recent interview, “that’s not the case.”
After agreeing with Scarborough that Clinton’s accusation was “pathetic,” Brzezinski said it was more like the HBO show Veep, which stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus as the vice-president—and now president of the United States—but worse.
That was Veep. It was worse than Veep. It wasn’t funny. When Veep does it, Julia Louis-Dreyfuss, it’s hysterical because it’s so ridiculous. That wasn’t even funny, it was pathetic.
I know sexism. Hillary Clinton knows sexism. She should know better than to let her staff make her do that. It needs to be her. She needs to get out there and talk. Everyone stop writing lines for her. They’re bad. Really bad. When we talk about sexism, when we talk about women and equal pay and all these things that are important, let’s not denigrate it with that stupidity, because we embarrass ourselves.
Brzezinksi, who said that she knows that Clinton is the front-runner and will probably win—and she wants a Democrat to win—nevertheless cringed at Hillary’s accusation and said she would probably get “killed” for criticizing Clinton.
Clinton may have thought that playing the “sexism” card would be a good strategy against Sanders, who has remained competitive while other challengers dropped out of the race. But this was such a lame attempt to make something out of nothing, that she instead winds up being the object of ridicule on a liberal cable news network, no less. and makes Sanders look like the reasonable one.