Mika Brzezinski Clarifies That She Still Loves Co-Hosting 'Morning Joe'
She had told Politico that she "used" to love the job, but "now it’s a job I have to do every day."
MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski took to Twitter on Tuesday morning to clarify some remarks she made in an interview with Politico that was published one day earlier.
She had said that co-hosting Morning Joe with her fiance Joe Scarborough was "a job I used to love," but said that "now it’s a job I have to do every day."
On Twitter, she made clear that she still loves her morning gig. "I love working at my job on Morning Joe," she wrote. "But this moment we find ourselves in is deeply challenging and makes me more determined than ever to speak truth to power. I am very blessed."
In the original story, Brzezinski talked about President Donald Trump's two-part Twitter attack on her in late June, during which he called her "low I.Q. Crazy Mika." Brzezinski said the attack was nothing compared with what was going on in her personal life.
“In the past two years, I’ve lost my best friend to pancreatic cancer, I’ve gotten divorced, my oldest daughter had this harrowing day on her college campus, and we thought she had been kidnapped," she said. "My father went into the hospital and died, and right after my dad died, my mother had two heart attacks — and a month later the president tweeted.”
Compared to all that, Brzezinski said, "The level for me of the tweet was below zero."
Last Friday evening, she was forced to walk back comments she made on her show that morning, when she said that some of her former show mate Mark Halperin's accusers had turned down her offer to connect them with the disgraced political journalist. Several hours after the show aired, Brzezinski put out a statement apologizing for the way she approached the issue.
"In our discussion about sexual harassment this morning, I said some things that hurt people," she said in part. "In the case of Mark, my goal today was to start a conversation about hearing from the men whenever we can, but I realize that it is not my place. It isn’t my call to make, and for that I am truly sorry."