During Thursday’s edition of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe, co-host Mika Brzezinski tore into Rep. Maria Salazar (R-FL) for claiming that a recently leaked audio of House minority leader Kevin McCarthy saying that he would ask Donald Trump to resign over the Jan 6 riot was “edited.”
“It was edited. You see, I know the art of editing,” Salazar said when asked if she had heard the recording. “So I’m not sure in what context.”
Brzezinski was shocked by the remarks.
“My god,” she said. “I know her. She knows so much better.”
Brzezinski said the blatant and casual lies were offensive to democracy.
Host Joe Scarborough agreed, saying that Salazar’s remarks show just how shamelessly the Republican Party lied under Donald Trump’s leadership because they knew there would be no consequences.
“These people know they’re lying and they know that we know that they’re lying,” Scarborough said. “They know that their rank-and-file know they’re lying, yet they just keep lying.”
Panelist Jennifer Palmieri, a former White House communications director under Barack Obama, said the denigration of truth was a hallmark of right-wing authoritarianism around the world.
“It’s whataboutism. This feels like it is all the same fight. It’s like, it is whataboutism, which is what Russia does. That is their play,” Palmieri said before pointing out that Democrats must fight back against those lies.
“How the Republicans are casually lying and everyone accepts it and expects it to happen, how that’s hurting Democrats when they don’t stand up to fight back, both in terms of pushing back culture war, but also these fights take hold when you’re not making progress. You know, that’s when Democrats — when you’re not making progress on behalf of working people, that is when the culture war stuff takes place.”
Watch the discussion below: