“Morning Joe” co-hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough agreed Friday that it was “weak” for Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) to recount stories about her male colleagues inappropriately discussing her weight without identifying them by name.
Gillibrand raised the issue in a soon-to-be-released interview with People magazine while promoting her new book “Off The Sidelines.” She recalled how various male lawmakers called her “porky” or “chubby” in reference to her self-described struggle with weight after giving birth to her second child.
Brzezinski cited her own experience as a young page on Capitol Hill to argue that Gillibrand, as well as the women in media who supported her account, should’ve named the men who said inappropriate things to them.
“I felt like when I was telling the story of my experiences as a page like 1400 years ago and being pinched by [late senator] Strom Thurmond, I was like, ‘Oh, I named a name,'” Brzezinski said. “I noticed other reporters were talking about present-day Washington and saying they agree with Kirsten, that they have been spoken to this way as well. No one is naming names. And I think that’s actually, that’s weak.”
“I think it’s weak too,” Scarborough chimed in.
“She needs to name names for the sake of the women who are reprinted by these men who were sexually harassing her,” he added.
The hosts said Gillibrand was slated to appear on “Morning Joe” next week, so we’ll see how see reacts in person to that characterization.