May. 18, 2016 11:47am Kaitlyn Schallhorn
MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski called for the Democratic National Committee’s chairwoman, Florida Rep. Debbie Wassserman Schultz, to resign Wednesday, citing unfair treatment of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ Democratic presidential campaign.
Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (AP)
Brzezinski’s criticism of Wassserman Schultz began after the morning show played a clip of the chairwoman slamming Sanders’ handling of recent violence in Nevada during a Tuesday MSNBC interview.
Wasserman Schultz took issue with a statement Sanders issued after his supporters were accused of resorting to violence at the chaotic Nevada Democratic convention over the weekend, during which property was vandalized and certain members of the local party received death threats.
“Our campaign of course believes in non-violent change and it goes without saying that I condemn any and all forms of violence, including the personal harassment of individuals,” Sanders said in a lengthy statement Tuesday.
In his statement, Sanders also decried Democratic leadership for using “its power to prevent a fair and transparent process from taking place” at the Nevada convention.
However, Wasserman Schultz argued that, because Sanders’ statement addressed more than just what occurred in Nevada over the weekend, the senator in a way actually “excused” his supporters’ violent acts.
But a visibly frustrated Brzezinski wasn’t having it: “This has been very poorly handled from the start. It has been unfair, and they haven’t taken him seriously, and it starts, quite frankly, with the person we just heard speaking.”
Co-host Joe Scarborough also defended Sanders, saying the Vermonter “very clearly said” violence is not acceptable.
“Can I ask, why would Bernie Sanders politely get in line for the Democratic Party?” Scarborough said of the demands being placed on the Sanders campaign.
Brzezinski replied, “Because Hillary Clinton’s people said so.”
Scarborough responded, “I sure as hell wouldn’t if the party I was a member of treated me like this, rigged the debate process, rigged Iowa, rigged the entire thing going forward. I’d say go straight to hell; I’m running as an independent.”
Brzezinski shook her head throughout Scarbourough’s comments and said multiple times that Wasserman Schultz ”should step down.”