MSNBC legal analyst Mimi Rocah announced Wednesday morning on “Morning Joe” that she is running for Westchester district attorney, a position once held by Fox News host Jeanine Pirro.
Rocah made sure to slam not only the Fox News host but also President Donald Trump and Attorney General William Barr in her announcement.
“You have a big announcement today. What is it?” co-host Mika Brzezinski asked Rocah near the end of Wednesday’s show.
“I do, Mika. I am running to be the next district attorney in Westchester County where I live with my family, right outside New York City,” Rocah said.
One of her reasons for running is that she believes there aren’t enough female prosecutors.
“First of all, did you know that only 24 percent of prosecutors around the country are women? And we need to change that,” she said.
She went on to call the current administration “lawless” and she said the United States has a “criminal in the White House.”
“And we’ve been talking about, we have a criminal in the White House, we have a corrupt attorney general who just today came out and he said that if communities don’t get more respect to law enforcement, they will not get the protection, the protection of law enforcement that is there right under the law in our democracy,” Rocah said of the president.
“These are the kinds of hateful, frankly criminal messages that are coming from Washington, and so I want to be part now of what is happening on the local and state level pushing back against these terrible policies of hate, and this just complete disrespect for the rule of law,” she added.
While she said she would want to focus on issues like sex trafficking and the opioid crisis in her position in Westchester, Rocah made sure to add that working against the Trump administration will also be a priority for her.
“And in Westchester county where we have sex trafficking and an opioid crisis, people dying from opioids every day, people are afraid to send their kids to school because of gun violence, these are the things that I can work on, and also help push back against the Trump administration there,” she said.
As for Pirro previously holding the position she is running for, Rocah made sure to distance herself from the Fox News host.
“She will not be my role model,” she said.
Rocah, 49, will be attempting to unseat incumbent Anthony Scarpino in a 2020 Democrat Party primary.
Rocah served as an assistant U.S. attorney in the Southern District of New York from 2001 to 2018. She was also chief of the Justice Department’s Westchester division from 2012 to 2017. She began contributing to MSNBC as a legal analyst in 2017.
She once again slammed Trump and Barr in an interview with The Journal News/lohud.
“I’ve said this on TV and I’ll probably say it again many times,” she said. “We have a criminal in the White House right now. We have a corrupt head of the Department of Justice.”
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