Joe Biden accuser Lucy Flores, who was the first of seven Democrats to go public in recent weeks with allegations that Biden inappropriately touched them, is not exactly Mika Brzezinski’s favorite person.
Flores penned an opinion piece that appeared in the New York Times on Monday in which she stated she didn’t feel Biden was contrite enough in responding to the allegations against him.
Brzezinski, along with husband Joe Scarborough, jumped to defend Biden this morning in a segment talking about his latest attempts at defending himself, and Flores’s opinion piece.
The Hill reports:
“I can promise you, I know Joe Biden. He went up behind her and took a deep breath because he was about to go on stage,” Brzezinski said during a panel discussion on “Morning Joe.”
“He was going on stage, he took a deep breath before he went on stage and you took it deeply personally, and now you’re writing a New York Times op-ed about it demanding an apology?” she asked, addressing Flores. “This once again is completely ridiculous, and the rest of America thinks it’s ridiculous, too.”
“I’m done. You guys can continue to talk about this, I won’t. I refuse to give it any more time,” the co-host concluded.
“If somebody’s uncomfortable with it, they can tell him in real time … but to suggest that there was something malicious in what he was doing, or that he was getting his kicks from doing that? Sorry, there’s about 45 years of public experience that suggests that’s just not true.”
Watch the segment below (note: the video that was originally included in this piece was removed by the user):
in same segment, Mika also bluntly said Lucy Flores has misinterpreted her moment with Biden
"He’s not interested in your hair, OK. He was going on stage and he took a deep breath" pic.twitter.com/6d5Qr5UOdt
— Jon Levine (@LevineJonathan) April 30, 2019
Brzezinski has rushed to defend Biden in a similar manner before. Earlier this month, she suggested that Biden was simply being “extremely flirtatious in a completely safe way” with no ill-intent.
What obnoxious jerks.
As I’ve said previously on this issue, just because one person has had good experiences with someone doesn’t mean the next person has. Your positive anecdotal experiences do not negate someone else’s negative experiences. And while it’s also important to be able to distinguish between inappropriate touching and full-on sexual assault, the fact that one is not as bad as the other doesn’t mean it needs to be dismissed altogether.
It’s also important to note here that Flores and Biden’s other accusers have made it clear they aren’t accusing Biden of sexual assault and don’t think he’s a bad person. They just believe he should apologize for what he’s alleged to have done (and if photos of him in similar situations are any indicator, he’s done these things, folks).
Instead of treating Flores and Biden’s other accusers with respect, Mika, Joe and Biden’s other self-absorbed defenders mock or make light of their stories as if they’re irrelevant and shouldn’t be included as part of the larger conversation.
And to be clear: This is not a “We Must Believe All Women” thing – it just boils down to basic courtesy in listening and acknowledging that someone else’s experiences might have been different from yours.
Mika’s and Joe’s behavior is repulsive and goes contra to everything the MeToo movement was originally supposed to be about: Respecting women, hearing their stories, and holding their abusers accountable.
Shame on them both.
—Sister Toldjah is a former liberal and a 15+ year veteran of blogging with an emphasis on media bias, social issues, and the culture wars. Read her Red State archives here. Connect with her on Twitter.–