MSNBC's Joe Scarborough scathingly shut down a Hillary Clinton spokesman Thursday morning after the aide defended the Clinton Foundation from ethical criticisms by pointing to the organization's work to help to solve the AIDS crisis.
Brian Fallon, a spokesman for the Democratic presidential nominee, said in a clip aired on "Morning Joe" that the Clinton Foundation would not be shuttering even should Clinton win the presidency in November.
The Clinton family's non-profit organization has recently come under fire as Republicans, including presidential nominee Donald Trump, have accused it of being a so-called "pay-to-play scheme." The Clintons have defended their private foundation, citing immense charitable work when it comes to AIDS and global warming, in particular.
"If any American voter is troubled by the idea that the Clintons want to continue working to solve the AIDS crisis on the side while Hillary Clinton is president, then don't vote for her," Fallon said in the clip of a previous interview.
However, Scarborough wasn't buying Fallon's defense Thursday morning as he immediately labeled it as "pathetic."
"You all are really not that pathetic, are you? Are you really that pathetic?" he said. "You're really going to actually say that if Bill Clinton doesn't have the opportunity to shake down billionaires, that AIDS will not be cured?"
"And Bill Clinton shaking down billionaires in Kazakhstan while doing deals on the side and getting paid $550,000 for a one-hour speech, that's our only path forward to curing AIDS," he continued. "You're really not that pathetic, are you? Because if that's the best line of attack you have, you need to go back to middle school."
Watch a clip of the "Morning Joe" segment below.
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