MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell is being widely criticized for misleading her audience about the political affiliation of a key figure in the recount in Florida's election.
Here's what happened
While discussing the recount on her MSNBC show Monday, Mitchell claimed incorrectly that Broward County’s Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes was a Republican.
"And we should also point out that Brenda Snipes in Broward County is a Republican appointed by former Governor, then-Governor, Jeb Bush," she claimed.
"So she was put in by a Republican governor, after the mess, that we all remember from 2000, and she's hardly a Democratic official, or someone doing the bidding of the Democratic candidates there," she added.
Mitchell was quickly corrected online by many on the right. Snipes is a Democrat, and although she was appointed by Jeb Bush, she had been elected four times as a Democrat afterward.
Mitchell was clearly intending to persuade her audience that Snipes wouldn't be meddling in the election based on the false information.
Snipes has been under fire for her past history of involvement in other election controversies. Indeed, Jeb Bush has come out to advocate that she be removed from office.
"There is no question that Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes failed to comply with Florida law on multiple counts, undermining Floridians’ confidence in our electoral process," tweeted Bush.
There is no question that Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes failed to comply with Florida law on… https://t.co/za5AuWWAIf— Jeb Bush (@Jeb Bush) 1542048835.0
"Supervisor Snipes should be removed from her office following the recounts," he concluded.
Here's the video of Mitchell's false reporting: