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MSNBC "Morning Joe" co-host Mika Brzezinski complained Friday that accusers of former NBC broadcaster Mark Halperin weren't willing to talk to their alleged abuser. She blamed "hypocrisies" of men not being permitted to make amends for their alleged behaviors.
In October, NBC fired Halperin, a friend of Brzezinski and a frequent panelist on the MSNBC show, after several women accused the former newsman of sexual misconduct.
What did Brzezinski say?
During a discussion about sexual misconduct and the #MeToo movement, Brzezinski admitted that she tried to connect Halperin with his accusers so he could apologize for the alleged misconduct. According to Brzezinski, none of the women took her up on the offer.
"We ... have some men who are willing to face the music, who are willing to face the facts, who are willing to admit to their actions 10, 20 years ago, even five years ago," Brzezinski said. "Mark Halperin is more than willing to meet with his accusers and apologize [to] them face-to-face."
She said she "tried to offer him" to his accusers. "They don't want to talk to him," she said. "They don't want to talk to him."
Brzezinski went on to detail the "hypocrisies" at work.
"There are some hypocrisies here," she said. "When things happen and men actually want to validate that truth, that's important that we actually allow that if we want to grow as a society and learn from each other. If we just want to strike people down for political motivation or for anger, we're not going to get anywhere, and I know I just said something incredibly — what's the word — explosive."
Brzezinski said that she spent time "poring through these cases."
"They all involve people who have terrible experiences, in some cases, and some of them involve men who have sought counseling and who want to apologize, who may not ever come back to their careers in full form," she explained. "But the question is should they be allowed to apologize?"
"I'm not sure what we're doing here," Brzezinski admitted.
Is there more to consider?
This isn't the first time Brzezinski appeared to call out accusers in some fashion.
Brzezinski, earlier in December, said that she wasn't sure all accusers should even be believed.
Discussing Sen. Al Franken's (D-Minn.) first accuser, broadcaster Leeann Tweeden, Brzezinski argued the possibility that politics were at play in Tweeden's allegations against Franken.
"We’ve never really talked about the woman who first came out against Al Franken," Brzezinski said. "[She is] a performer, Playboy model who goes on 'Hannity.' Who voted for Trump."
Brzezinski later wondered "if all women need to be believed."
"I am concerned that we are being the judge, the jury, and the cops here, and so did Senate Democrats getting ahead of their skis," she explained.
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