Mika Brzezinski — co-host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” — appeared to have no problem letting her political desires show during Monday’s episode, which focused on the mass killings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, this weekend.
The program opened with a recording of Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke — who was born in El Paso — blasting President Donald Trump as “promoting racism” in the wake of the Texas mass killing.
“He’s promoting racism. He’s not tolerating violence, he’s inciting racism and violence in this country,” O’Rourke said after a journalist asked him if there’s anything Trump can do to improve the situation. “So … you know, I just don’t know what kind of question that is.”
Brzezinski jumped in after the O’Rourke audio, saying “that is presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke yesterday in Texas, where 20 people were gunned down in a domestic terror attack — a hate crime fueled by white nationalism.”
Later in the program Brzezinski — speaking to Susan Page, USA Today’s Washington Bureau Chief — came back to O’Rourke’s statement and noted the “frustration that you could hear in his voice.”
‘Could be something that the Democrats could get some traction on’
“I really think he touched a chord in a way he never has in this campaign before because you could really feel the pain,” Brzezinski continued. “And this is an issue that resonates with voters. This is an issue that resonates with young people who have grown up in the age of mass shootings, afraid they may come to their school because it has become a way of life. It seems to me that this political issue could be something that the Democrats could get some traction on.”
Page said that while previous mass killings haven’t translated into electoral politics, there have been “250 so far this year,” and that could have a “ripple effect” with the “increasing number of Americans who know someone who’s been shot.” Page added that those who promote gun rights “feel more intensely about” the issue than those who promote gun control — but “maybe that starts to shift” as well.