She called Gingrich’s statement to protesters (“get a job, right after you take a bath”) arrogant and disgusting. Brzezinski was so disturbed by his quip that she said she was “sickened” and that it made her skin crawl.
Adding to what can only be described as disheveled and scattered commentary, fellow “Morning Joe” cast member Willie Geist then handed some belts to Brzezinski in the middle of her rant. She then paused to explain that she had trouble dressing this morning, before going on to rail against Gingrich who is “in the 1 percent.”
Below, see a video that captures her on-air rant, as she appears personally offended — and shaken — by Gingrich’s words:
And here’s a transcript (provided by Newsbusters, which left out the belt talk):
MIKA BRZEZINSKI: Wow. It’s really not surprising, coming from me, but that’s about the most arrogant and un-self-aware, and those are probably the only words I can use [inaudible] for any politician in this Republican field to say.
JEFFREY SACHS [income redistribution fan and Columbia prof]: Disgusting.
SACHS: Absolutely disgusting. No sense of any meaning at all of this. Absolutely revolting, actually. And especially when what they’re protesting against is the incredible abuse of power, the criminality on Wall Street and so forth that he–he has taken his millions of dollars. It’s shocking!
BRZEZINSKI: Someone needs a bath, and I don’t think it’s the people from Occupy Wall Street. That’s all I’m going to say. I’ve got nothing else. I’m so disgusted by that that something horrible is going to come . . . I, I, am I alone here? Am I over-reacting [note quavering voice]? I’m sickened by that . . . It’s fair to say he’s in the 1%, correct? He’s telling the 99% to take a bath and get a job? Really? Really, I wonder how they do that right now. How, given the state of this country, how anyone’s going to just get a job and take a bath. Who is this man? Who does he think he is? And why is he surging in the polls? I don’t get it. I mean,to hear Newt Gingrich standing on literally his high horse, after taking advantage of the system, cashing in, being the biggest, literally the biggest hypocrite in the Repubican field, probably in politics today. The biggest hypocrite. And then to cast aspersions and to speak down to these people as if–plghhh–they should be flipped away? It’s disgusting. It’s absolutely disgusting. It’s a very angry way to start the show. I’m extremely sorry. But it’s the first time I’d seen that. And it literally made my skin crawl. I can’t believe he resonates.
A very bizarre day on the set over at MSNBC, indeed.