MSNBC host Joe Scarborough hasn’t been shy about his support for the industrial billionaire conservatives Charles and David Koch, but it took a weekend in Palm Springs for his liberal co-host Mika Brzezinski to see the light.
Brzezinski interrupted a discussion on Wednesday’s “Morning Joe” about the Kochs’ plan to drop nearly $1 billion on the 2016 election cycle to share how much she learned after attending the brothers’ “American Recovery Policy Forum,” this past weekend in California.
“I thought the different programs they have had, the conversations they had, addressed really interesting questions,” she said of the speakers at the event. “The kind of questions we address here at the table.”
“A surprise to me,” she continued, grasping for words before raving about Charles Koch’s wife. “Liz Koch, ever met her? She’s a ball of fire! And she’s got this incredible program for helping the poorest of the poor kids in several inner cities that she’s developed.”
Brzezinski argued there is a lot of ignorance out there about the Koch ethos.
“I mean, it’s everything that you don’t think, and you don’t know,” she said. “There are different facets of the story you get to see when you actually go and observe events like this.”
Scarborough, a former Republican congressman, weighed in, calling it a “great move” for the Kochs to have invited Brzezinski out to Palm Springs.
“It was a great move having Mika out there as a liberal, it was, I think, very important,” he said.
Brzezinski turned to a guest at the table and said, “a lot of people were like, what are you doing here?” to laughs from the panel.
On Monday, Brezinski called the weekend with the Kochs “awesome” and “so fascinating,” sporting a big smile.
“They’re definitely not what you think,” she added. The panel nodded in agreement.
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