MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski is defending former Vice President Joe Biden for a second day in a row.
During a segment on “Morning Joe,” the panel began discussing two women coming forward in the past week to accuse Biden of highly inappropriate behavior.
Rather than condemn the behavior, Brzezinski actually argued that she would be “sad” if Biden stopped hugging and kissing her.
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Below is the partial transcript of her exchange with her fiance, Joe Scarborough:
SCARBOROUGH: I think Karen Tumulty makes a really good point [in this Washington Post column] when she says Joe needs to knock [sic, presumably “cut”] it out if he does campaign. New day. New campaign trail. New reality.
BRZEZINSKI: Well, I think that’s sad.
SCARBOROUGH: What’s that?
BRZEZINSKI: I think that’s sad. I think the next time I see Joe Biden, if he doesn’t hug me and give me a kiss and hold my hand while we’re talking to you, that’s a new Joe Biden and that’s not the Joe Biden I knew. He’s a nice guy. He’s not a predator, and this is ridiculous. Let me just say it: this is ridiculous. It’s completely — the whole thing — the conversation has gotten out of control. And Democrats and those on the left who want to tweet me today and go nuts, and get all woke: you’re eating your young, you’re eating those who can beat Trump, you’re killing the very people who have been pushing women ahead, who have been fighting for equal pay, who have been doing everything they can to respect women in their lives. And we’re going to go after Joe Biden for being affectionate to women of all ages, to men as well. This is ridiculous. It’s ridiculous. I don’t understand it.
Brzezinski also warned “woke” Democrats and others on the left who are going after Biden that they are “eating your young… you’re eating those who can beat Trump.”
Her abhorrent defense of Biden came after two women have accused the former vice president of inappropriately kissing and touching them.
Former Nevada Democratic lawmaker Lucy Flores published a column last week and accused Biden of grabbing her shoulders, smelling her hair, and kissing her head without consent at a 2014 campaign event.
“As I was taking deep breaths and preparing myself to make my case to the crowd, I felt two hands on my shoulders. I froze. ‘Why is the vice-president of the United States touching me?’” she wrote.
“I felt him get closer to me from behind. He leaned further in and inhaled my hair. I was mortified. I thought to myself, ‘I didn’t wash my hair today and the vice-president of the United States is smelling it. And also, what in the actual f*ck? Why is the vice-president of the United States smelling my hair?’ He proceeded to plant a big slow kiss on the back of my head,” Flores added in the essay.
A second woman came forward on Monday and accused Biden of “sexism” and harassment during an event in 2009.
Amy Lappos, a former volunteer congressional aide for Democratic Connecticut Rep. Jim Himes, claimed that during a fundraising event in 2009, Biden grabbed her head and pulled her in close to rub noses.
“It wasn’t sexual, but he did grab me by the head,” Lappos said. “He put his hand around my neck and pulled me in to rub noses with me. When he was pulling me in, I thought he was going to kiss me on the mouth.”
“I never filed a complaint, to be honest, because he was the vice president. I was a nobody,” Lappos continued. “There’s absolutely a line of decency. There’s a line of respect. Crossing that line is not grandfatherly. It’s not cultural. It’s not affection. It’s sexism or misogyny.”
Despite all of this, some liberals are standing with Biden and defending his gross behavior.