MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski had some blunt criticism for supporters of Donald Trump on Friday morning’s show. The host declared that they are “pathetic” for continuing to back him after his continued lies and moral failures.
The Morning Joe co-host prefaced her statement by admitting that she has a “clear disdain” for Trump but implored his supporters to look at what she saw as clear facts about his behavior.
“Look at how he’s worn us down, from his paid-off porn star to Russia lies to racism in Charlottesville, racism across the board, children in cages… I mean lie after lie after lie,” she said, via Yahoo News. “Conspiracy theories. Our country right now is really at a breaking point. If we don’t find a way to hold this president accountable with his attempts to undermine the Post Office and also his apparent negligence — perhaps purposeful — on saving the American people’s lives in this pandemic. You are pathetic at this point.”
While Brzezinski has long been critical of Trump and has called him out regularly on the show, her criticism directed at his supporters on Friday was especially sharp.
“How stupid can you be, at this point, if you follow this president?” she posed. “I beg you not to be, for your life!”
The admonishment of Trump voters earned some viral interest, with Brzezinski’s name shooting to the top of Twitter’s trending topics in the early afternoon as many shared clips of her statements. Many expressed support, joining her in questioning why voters would still back Trump in spite of what the commenters saw as clear lies and poor response to the coronavirus, including the politicization of the pandemic. But others believe that she went too far in her critique, making it too personal.
As Raw Story noted, Brzezinski has been equally harsh toward Trump himself. Previously, she cut off a clip of the president speaking about testing and wearing masks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Brzezinski accused him of numerous lies, pointing to his comments about the availability of testing and his assurances that the virus would not spread any further.
She also mentioned these lies during Friday morning’s diatribe, adding that Trump was spreading ideas that could get people killed. To further emphasize her point, Brzezinski pointed to his musings that people might be able to inject or ingest disinfectant as a way of protecting against the virus.