In an uncalled for moment on Wednesday’s show, MSNBC “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski totally disrespected Florida Gov. Rick Scott by repeatedly calling him by his first name and then having his mic shut off before going to commercial.
After co-host Joe Scarborough tried to coax a presidential endorsement from Scott, he asked the governor to relay a message to GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump.
“Would you tell your friend Donald Trump that he should walk back his statements that Muslims, that Islam, hates America?” Scarborough said. “Do you think Muslims in the state of Florida hate America?”
Scott responded as any adept politician might — he refused to take the bait. Instead, he talked about how Florida is “the best melting pot in the world.”
Scarborough continued to press hard on whether Scott thinks Muslims hate America, but the governor opted to accentuate the positive in his state each time.
And this did not sit well with Brzezinski.
“Wrap it!” she is heard saying. “No. No. Uh-uh. That’s not answering any questions.”
In a show of complete disrespect, the “Morning Joe” co-host then condescendingly referred to the governor of the third largest state in America by his first name multiple times, as if speaking to a child.
“Rick, Rick, Rick,” Brzezinski said. “I know you and Joe are friends and this is kind of awkward. But can you answer the question or should we scoot?”
Scott again refused to take the bait, choosing instead to talk about the Republican presidential debate happening Thursday night in Miami. As Brzezinski took the segment to commercial, Scott’s mic was clearly cut off.
But Brzezinski wasn’t finished. When the show returned from the break, she continued to rail on Scott refusing to answer their questions
“That was weak, sniveling political wavering,” she said. “I doubt his endorsement would have any effect anyway.”
And the seething co-host was just getting started.
“I would suggest if you’re the governor of a state you should be able to answer that question and you should be able to say those things,” she added. “And if you can’t you shouldn’t be governor of a state, especially Florida. That was pathetic.”
Scarborough shifted more toward Trump’s position, but Brzezinski STILL wasn’t finished slamming Scott.
“He could not answer the question as to whether or not it’s OK to say that Islam hates America,” she said. “He couldn’t do it. He chose not to answer it. He chose to be weak. And so, we chose to have him leave the show. We’re not doing that.”
Is there anyone who still doubts whether the media in America has too much power today?
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