Mika Brzezinski to Kellyanne: If Ford is Being Treated Like a ‘Fabergé Egg’ Then Tell Your Assault Story and ‘See How Easy It Is’
Mika Brzezinski challenged Kellyanne Conway to speak out about her own sexual assault, after the White House aide said Christine Blasey Ford, the accuser of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, has been treated “like a Fabergé egg” since coming forward.
Conway first said on CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday that she was a victim of assault. She had alluded to her assault on MSNBC in 2016, shortly after the release of the Access Hollywood tape in which Trump boasted of committing sexual assault. She has declined to reveal details about what happened.
On Morning Joe Thursday, Brzezinski said that she was “really struck” by Conway’s latest comments that Ford has “been treated like a Fabergé egg.”
“I find that fascinating actually, because Kellyanne Conway went on a Sunday show and in the middle of making her point she announced she’s a victim of sexual assault,” Brzezinski said. “Really? Oh, my gosh. Okay. Women should be heard, and apparently they get treated like Fabergé eggs.”
Brzezinski continued: “So tell us your story. Who is your attacker? Who broke the law? Who hurt you? You seemed really uncomfortable when you let that slip out. Your voice got small, your voice cracked, you had to clear your throat. You were really uncomfortable just saying ‘I am a victim of sexual assault.’ And I say that as a victim of sexual assault myself.”
“So I want to ask, why can’t you be the egg, Kellyanne, the Fabergé egg and tell your story?” Brzezinski asked. “Because you say women should be heard. You talk out of both sides of your mouth. You say that women should be heard, their stories are believable or credible and understanding and compelling. Well let’s hear yours. It’s very convenient to drop that, but I want to know your story. I want to know what happened. You should have justice, shouldn’t you?”
At that point, co-host Joe Scarborough tried to interject.
“No hold on I’m not done,” Brzezinski said. “You can’t just throw that out as a political dagger to protect this reprehensible predator of a president.”
“And make an announcement that you’re a victim of sexual assault that therefore for some reason makes people not ask you about it? If women are being treated like Fabergé eggs when they announce their stories, then you go ahead and tell yours and see how easy it is.”
“That was as low as it gets,” she continued. “I would get up and leave if I were you today, I would never want to face the cameras again, unless you’re willing to tell your story just like Dr. Ford did, okay? And see what it feels like to be treated like a Fabergé egg, like you say.”
“You can’t use being a victim of sexual assault, throw it out there, and then literally dirty, sully the name of someone who has stepped in front of the cameras before the United States of America and told her story,” Brzezinski said. “And you say that she’s being treated like a Fabergé egg. That’s just delicious at this point.”
Brzezinski ended by saying that Conway and White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders “are singlehandedly setting back women.”
Scarborough added that he was “glad” that Conway was treated with respect when she revealed her sexual assault, and not mocked like Ford was by the president.
MSNBC’s Willie Geist said it’s up to women to decide when they want to come forward and talk about their abuse.
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The headline of this story has been updated for clarity.
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