The hosts of Morning Joe were clear on Tuesday: they don’t believe that the late Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-HI) was the senator who told her not to “lose too much weight now. I like my girls chubby!”
A day earlier The New York Times reported that Inouye was the one who said that. Gillibrand’s office neither confirmed or denied to the newspaper that Inouye was the one.
“I think that I remember getting pinched by Strom Thurmond and thinking it’s Strom Thurmond,” Morning Joe host Mika Brzezinski said. “I don’t know —I don’t buy it. I don’t think it was him. I’m sorry.”
“You don’t buy that?” Joe Scarborough responded.
“I don’t buy that,” Brzezinski said. “May I say that?”
“So you think somebody on her staff’s trying to blame the dead guy so they don’t like, starting asking the live guy?” Scarborough asked.
“Come on, don’t put this on me. Do you buy it?” Brzezinski asked.
“No I don’t buy it for a second,” Scarborough said.
Brzezinski then opened her question up to both Morning Joe regular Willie Geist and Scarborough.
“Do you buy it Willie?,” Brzezinski said. “Would either of you feel comfortable grabby my tummy right now? Would that be appropriate?
Both men said no.
“And that’s by the way, part of the process. Making sure that nobody can do that and if they do you call them out. Sorry,” Brzezinski said.