Mika Brzezinski Cries After Watching Reagan Speech, Calls Laura Ingraham’s Remarks ‘Trashy, Very Ugly and Very Sad’


Morning Joe aired two clips first thing on Friday, both showing conservatives talking immigration. One made MSNBC’s liberal host Mika Brzezinski cry on live television, the other she called “very trashy, very ugly and sad.”

The first was of Laura Ingraham, the Fox News host who faced a brutal backlash after saying on her show this week that “the America that we know and love doesn’t exist anymore” because of “massive demographic changes.”

The second was of former President Ronald Reagan, patron saint of Republicans, in his famous final speech: “You can go to live in France, but you cannot become a Frenchman. You can go to live in Germany or Turkey or Japan, but you cannot become a German, a Turk, or a Japanese. But anyone, from any corner of the Earth, can come to live in America and become an American.”

“So nearly 30 years separate those moments, Joe, but, I mean, watching Ronald Reagan speak that way actually brings me to tears right now,” Brzezinski proclaimed after watching the videos. “Especially seeing the way Laura Ingraham really tried to encapsulate her vision of America right before that.”

“It is one beautiful outlook of how we have become this beautiful country, versus something very trashy, very ugly, and very sad,” she added.

Ingraham responded to the controversy on her show Thursday night, disavowing the white nationalists who had embraced her commentary, and explaining she was making a point about illegal immigration — as opposed to merit-based immigration, which she said “does wonders” for the U.S.

Joe Scarborough went on to lament the drift of the Republican Party away from its former embrace of diversity.

“We have got to put this nativism behind us,” he said. “This soft-bigotry.”

“White supremacy,” Brzezinski interjected.

“It’s looking more and more like white supremacy these days,” Scarborough said.

Watch above, via MSNBC.

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