“Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski got just a little livid on Friday’s MSNBC show, blasting President Donald Trump as “horrendous for our democracy” — and even suggesting that his actions are indicative of a “dictatorship” waiting in the wings.
The hubub all stemmed from Trump’s interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos in which the president indicated he’d likely accept information on his election opponent from a foreign source such as Russia or China.
After guest Donny Deutsch called Trump “demented” and “childlike” to co-host Joe Scarborough, Brzezinski broke in and threw down:
I want to take myself out of a box here. I never said he’s evil, and my reaction is not, ‘Oh, he’s evil.’ My reaction to what happened the other night when he said that to George Stephanopoulos was, ‘This is horrendous — horrendous for our democracy. He is a national security threat. And what he does is not stupidity.
What he does is not evil playing out before our eyes. What he does is he manipulates the truth. He desensitizes the American public and the world to what is right and wrong and does things in plain sight, and the results are evil. What happens in a dictatorship, what happens when evil forces step in is this — slowly chipping away at our values, slowly chipping away at our democracy, and that, whether he knows it or not, whether he’s planning it or not, whether he gives a damn or not, that’s what’s happening.
While Trump’s interview comments predictably ruffled more than a few feathers — including those of presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), who tweeted that it’s “time for Congress to begin impeachment hearings” — NewsBusters‘ Gregory Price turned the tables a tad.
“It is understandable to be upset at the President’s comments. It is not illegal to accept opposition research from foreign sources, but it is certainly not moral,” Price wrote. “I don’t remember, however, Mika Brzezinski being this upset at the fact that the Clinton campaign literally paid a foreign operative, Christopher Steele, who then used Russian sources to construct a dossier full of oppo on then-candidate Trump. I also don’t remember her being upset when Clinton
endorsed her Kremlin-sourced dossier on the Daily Show, saying ‘it’s part of what happens in a campaign.'”
Here’s the clip: