The conversation during Monday’s Morning Joe shifted towards the newest controversy to shake the Hillary Clinton campaign: that the former Secretary of State botched a question from Fox News’ Chris Wallace last weekend on the stern wording from FBI Director James Comey.
“It’s like legalize beyond into-the-weeds,” offered cohost Mika Brzezinski, who joined the chorus of Morning Joe panelists who agree that Clinton’s response should have been different. Last Sunday, Clinton said, “[FBI Director James] Comey said my answers were truthful, and what I’ve said is consistent with what I have told the American people,” a blatantly false claim.
“She doesn’t want to admit she was cavalier with the handling of classified information,” offered Mark Halperin. He and Joe Scarborough broke into an impromptu role playing scenario as the duo reimagined the Clinton-Wallace interview with how the Democratic candidate for President should have responded. “Let’s try this,” said Scarborough.
“You said several times you’ve regretted what you did. Why?” asked Halperin starring in the role of Chris Wallace.
“I should have just gone ahead and used the State Department’s system,” he said as Clinton in-character.
“Do you accept Director Comey’s position that you mishandled classified information?” continued Halperin/Wallace.
“I have great respect for Director Comey and and I want to assure you and everybody watching today that I am taking everything that he has written to heart and I’ve learned from this,” said Scarborough as if he were the former Secretary of State. “This is a really important learning experience for me. When I become President of the United States I’ll make sure I never make that mistake again.”
“Keep going Mark,” Brzezinski said as she side-coached the acting scene. “Pound her! Come on, do it!”
HALPERIN/WALLACE: You said publicly that your staff read every email… Director Comey said that’s not true. Do you agree with that judgement?
SCARBOROUGH/CLINTON: I’ve read everything — I’ll say it again — that Director Comey has said and I’ll tell you what I’m going to do. I’m going to use all the lessons from this and learn from all the mistakes I made as Secretary of State, just as I learned all the mistakes I made as Senator, just as I learned all the mistakes I made as First Lady — and I’m going to use this experience to be a more effective President of the United States.
Scarborough and Halperin: coming this Fall to the Papermill Playhouse.
Watch the above role playing from MSNBC’s Morning Joe.
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