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Following up on MSNBC’s “Everyday Racism in America” town hall Tuesday, Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski blamed President Trump for what she sees as an uptick in racist incidents and called him a “stone-cold racist.”

Brzezinski didn’t originate the charge against Trump — that was made by MSNBC political analyst and McCain 2008 presidential campaign manager Steve Schmidt, who said it earlier in the program. But Brzezisnki was in full agreement with Schmidt.

“You can see the way people act, and maybe they feel a license to act that way because this president – I will quote Steve Schmidt – ‘is a stone cold racist.’ I’m sorry; I quoted someone else, but I agree with it, and I’ll stand right by it,” Brzezinski said.

Co-host Joe Scarborough piped in that it didn’t begin with Trump.

“The racism that Barack Obama and Michelle Obama and Valerie Jarrett and everybody in that White House endured online, on Twitter, on Facebook, and on Capitol Hill – it started there,” Scarborough said. “I don’t think you can say it started with Donald Trump, because Valerie Jarrett and Michelle Obama and Barack Obama were being dehumanized on social media every day.”

Neither Brzezinski nor Scarborough pointed to any evidence that Trump is a racist.

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