MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski had an interesting take on the Joe Biden situation this morning. I have a feeling she’s going to get some push back over it. In the #MeToo era, this is not the kind of defense you give for a guy who goes around giving kisses and snorting women’s hair without their consent.
Mediaite has the details.
Brzezinski, a consistent advocate of women’s rights, opened her defense of Biden cautiously, describing this as a “very extensive and careful conversation that we need to have.”
She then defended Biden who she described as a friend “There’s a lot of things I know about Joe Biden– I’ve known him for a long time — he is extremely affectionate extremely flirtatious in a completely safe way,” adding “I am sure that somebody can misconstrue something he’s done. But as much as I can know what’s in anyone’s heart, I don’t think there is bad intent on his part at all.”
(clip is set to start just before Mika’s comments)
The video, along with the body language it shows, is even more striking than the excerpts above.
She goes fully to bat for Joe Biden here, accusing Lucy Flores of misconstruing Biden’s actions, claiming he’s just trying to be kind, and that he had no bad intent at all. Mika even makes light of the entire account by saying she’s not sure what Flores is even describing.
It goes without saying that no Republican or conservative voice could ever get away with saying something like this. They’d be plastered by the media as apologizing for sexual harassment and be run out of their job before the week is out.
What’s happening here is likely more politics than anything. Mika and Joe, after supporting Trump throughout the 2016 primaries, decided they needed to gain their left-wing cred back. Supporting Joe Biden is their way to do that. In a field of socialists, former “Republican” Joe Scarborough needs the appearance of supporting a moderate Democrat. This is also why they love Amy Klobuchar.
I’d also point out that if this discussion centered around Trump and not Biden, Mika and Joe would be losing their minds over it. Having the right letter by your name is a powerful thing.
Now, maybe Joe Biden is really just oblivious here. I’m not sure he’s meaning to be as creepy as he appears. In a saner time, this wouldn’t be disqualifying. But we live under the new rules so we’ll see how liberal groups respond to Mika’s strident defense. They’ve not been shy about eating their own lately and Mika may have slathered herself in BBQ sauce here.
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