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MSNBC ‘Hands Up’ Segment with Eugene Robinson Gets Awkward

A Morning Joe discussion of whether Michael Brown had his hands up during the altercation with Ferguson officer Darren Wilson that led to his shooting death got awkward Tuesday morning, when cohost Mika Brzezinski asked Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson whether he was providing a specific, perhaps untruthful answer to avoid offending people.

“I don’t believe there’s anything in the record, certainly not in the forensic evidence, that precludes the possibility that he had his hands up at some point when he was approaching the officer,” Robinson said.

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“That’s an awfully low standard,” cohost Joe Scarborough replied. “There’s also no evidence that doesn’t suggest a flying saucer from Venus swooped over all of them. There’s no evidence that it’s precluded, Gene. I’m not being difficult. I’m just saying the truth actually does matter.”

“I think it’s a very uncomfortable question for you, Gene,” Brzezinski said. “Because if you say no, there’s no evidence his hands up, you’re probably insulting a lot of people. Do you feel uncomfortable with the question?”

The Pulitzer Prize winner did not seem to appreciate this implication. “No, I don’t feel uncomfortable,” he said. “There’s no evidence that his hands were never up, and there are people who say that they were.”

Watch the clip below, via MSNBC:

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