Things got testy on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Wednesday when Joe Scarborough scolded his co host Mika Brzezinski for taking a “cheap shot” at Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner.
The pair were in the midst of a panel discussion on the appropriateness of Ivanka and Kushner holding such high positions in President Donald Trump’s White House when the conversation went off the rails.
“Better her and Jared than some other people who had his ear.” Scarborough said. “Things are going better on the National Security Council. That didn’t just happen. That was a battle inside the White House and guess what, Jared and Ivanka won.”
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Panelist Eddie Glaude Jr., who serves as a professor of religion and African-American studies at Princeton University, said that some good can come from hiring family in important roles “but it’s still nepotism.”
That brought Scarborough to mentioning one of the best examples of nepotism in the history of politics.
“My political hero was appointed Attorney General for his brother, and Republicans didn’t like that back then. I think if you looked at Bobby Kennedy’s record, some good things came out of that,” he said.
Brzezinski didn’t allow Scarborough to finish his thought before she interrupted.
“So you’re comparing Ivanka Trump to Bobby Kennedy?” she asked.
“You don’t have to be so snotty. I was about to say, you didn’t let me get it out. You don’t have to be so rude,” he shot back. “The fact of the matter is that they are not Bobby Kennedy as I was about to say but you wanted to get your cheap shot in so you got your cheap shot in. No I am not saying Jared and Ivanka are Bobby Kennedy.”
“I am saying just like when John Kennedy had a question, he called the one person he could trust in the world, Bobby Kennedy,” Scarborough said. “When Donald Trump needs to talk to somebody, he talks to these two people.”
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