Some of the male panelists on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” wondered Wednesday whether Secret Service director Julia Pierson hadn’t been dismissed over recent revelations of serious security lapses because of her gender.
Panelist Donny Deutsch, acknowledging that he wasn’t exactly taking a “delicate” approach to the subject, said that promoting women into positions of authority shouldn’t be prioritized over competence.
“We need to be careful that we are never, ever throwing the baby out with the bath water as far as the best person always has to get the job,” he said. “As we kind of go through her resume, you go ‘Obviously, coming off the prostitute scandal, okay, yeah, women on top makes sense, good for the brand, if you will.’ But the brand doesn’t work if it’s not competent.”
“In positions of national security, quota second, competency first,” he added.
Co-host Joe Scarborough then turned the conversation to the female agent who was guarding the White House’s front door when an intruder entered the building last month and managed to overpower her.
“Now, if a woman, 6′ 4″, can tackle a big guy or a big woman that’s intruding, that’s one thing,” he said. “But we can’t have people standing between the President of the United States and a terrorist that can get knocked down and that’s there for politically correct reasons.”
Scarborough echoed conservative pundit Laura Ingraham with his comments. Speaking Tuesday on “Fox and Friends,” Ingraham blamed a desire for “political correctness” in the Secret Service following the agency’s 2012 prostitution scandal for the fact that a female agent was guarding the door when the White House jumper entered the residence.
Watch below around the four minute mark, courtesy of MSNBC: