Mika Brzezinski Questions First Franken Accuser: ‘Playboy Model Who Goes on Hannity, Voted for Trump’


MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski lamented the resignation of Sen. Al Franken on Morning Joe Friday, after the Democratic lawmaker announced he would be stepping down from the Senate in the wake of a number of sexual misconduct allegations leveled against him.

“I have an incredibly uneasy feeling about this entire story,” Brzezinski started.

Joe Scarborough then made sure to point out that his co-host and fiancée Brzezinski has consistently criticized Democrats as “hypocrites” on Bill Clinton’s alleged sexual transgressions.

“I’m concerned about women, who are legitimately sexually harassed in the workplace across America, and where this is taking us,” Brzezinski said, before reading an excerpt from a Washington Post column asking “Was Al Franken’s punishment fair?”

Brzezinski then seemed to call into question the legitimacy of Leeann Tweeden’s allegations (the radio news anchor first accused Franken of forcible kissing and groping her while she slept, which prompted the other women to come out and accuse the senator of misconduct.)

“We’ve never really talked about the woman who first came out against Al Franken,” she said, before questioning the “Playboy model who goes on Hannity, voted for Trump.”

“I see some politics there, but I haven’t brought that up every step of the way because of course, in this ‘Me Too’ environment, you must always believe the women.”

Brzezinski went on to note that she has spoken to the accusers of ex-Morning Joe analyst Mark Halperin.

“I spoke to them, I believe them. I’m just wondering if all the women need to be believed. I’m concerned that we are being the judge the jury and the cops here and so did Senate Democrats getting ahead of their skis,” Brzezinski said.

Brzezinski also read an excerpt from Masha Gessen’s latest column for the New Yorker, which criticized the “selective force” of the #MeToo movement.

A number of op-eds have trickled out since Franken’s resignation — including one from Mediaite’s John Ziegler — that have sought to call into question his accusers, as well as the heavy-handed way in which his punishment, in the form of a quasi-forced resignation, was carried out.

Watch above, via MSNBC.

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