Mika Brzezinski on Harassment Due Process: Women ‘Can Say Anything And a Man’s Career is Ruined’


MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski argued that there may be an overreach in how sexual harassment is dealt with during a discussion of Sen. Al Franken’s resignation over his own accusations.

Morning Joe had a marathon segment on the topic Tuesday, in light of Democratic senators coming forward to call on Franken to un-resign, after the Minnesota lawmaker announced he would be stepping down over mounting allegations of misconduct. A number of his colleagues have lamented that there was no due process — in the form of an ethics investigation — to address his allegations.

MSNBC’s Willie Geist noted that lawmakers had previously criticized the ethics process as flawed, but argued “that may be true but it’s the process you’ve got, and you can’t throw out due process altogether — you’ve got to have due process.”

“It’s going to be complicated, but I think women feel that they are maligned and treated through the process and therefore they’re afraid to step forward,” Brzezinski said, “so we need to look at the process.”

“But right now any woman, can say anything, and a man’s career is ruined,” Brzezinski continued. “Now, a lot of women can say things that are true, and [the men’s] careers should be ruined. But the problem is that any woman can say anything, and that’s it, it’s over. Is that how we’re running businesses now?”

Co-host Joe Scarborough brought up the case of “a reporter whose name I will not mention” (it’s Ryan Lizza), who was fired for sexual harassment and not told who his accuser was or what their allegations were.

“If this is where this movement takes us, this is very dangerous,” Scarborough said.

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