"Why can’t you be the egg, Kellyanne?"
What: "Morning Joe" co-host
Mika Brzezinski caused a stir after she on Tuesday challenged White House adviser Kellyanne Conway to share her sexual assault story.
The MSNBC anchor was responding to Conway's comments about Christine Blasey Ford being treated like a "Fabergé egg
"[Blasey Ford] has been treated like a Faberge egg by all of us, beginning with me and the president," Conway said on air, days after revealing she was also a victim of sexual assault.
Brzezinski, a survivor of sexual assault herself, took issue with Conway's refusal to elaborate on her story while simultaneously claiming that victims of abuse are treated delicately.
“So, tell us your story. Who is your attacker? Who broke the law? Who hurt you? You seemed really uncomfortable when you let that slip out. Your voice got small, your voice cracked, you had to clear your throat. You were really uncomfortable just saying ‘I am a victim of sexual assault.’ And I say that as a victim of sexual assault myself,"
“So I want to ask, why can’t you be the egg, Kellyanne, the Fabergé egg and tell your story? Because you say women should be heard. You talk out of both sides of your mouth. You say that women should be heard, their stories are believable or credible and understanding and compelling. Well, let’s hear yours. It’s very convenient to drop that, but I want to know your story. I want to know what happened. You should have justice, shouldn’t you?"
Brzezinski went on to suggest Conway was using the victim label as a tool to defend President Donald Trump.
"You can’t just throw that out as a political dagger to protect this reprehensible predator of a president, and make an announcement that you’re the victim of sexual assault which, therefore, for some reason makes everybody not ask you about it,” she said.
I think it terrible to try to force women to reveal details about sexual assault if they do not want to tell details...very personal... pic.twitter.com/k3llFWcfEj— Greta Van Susteren (@greta) October 4, 2018
Conservative CNN anchor S.E. Cupp on Wednesday accused
This morning, @morningmika did the very thing that makes sexual assault victims NOT want to tell their stories. She bullied one, questioned her motives and her truthfulness and called her story “convenient.” We must be better than this. pic.twitter.com/nuEU9XJrEO— S.E. Cupp (@secupp) October 4, 2018
Brzezinski fired back at both female colleagues, saying she was simply pointing out Conway's "hypocrisy."
S.E. You know better than this.— Mika Brzezinski (@morningmika) October 4, 2018
That you would defend Kellyanne Conway defending the president for attacking Ford and then you’re going to say that when I call out hypocrisy… That’s why victims don’t want to come out? Shame on you.. https://t.co/EWt78B8Erz
She blamed "low grade websites" for "manipulating the truth."
Thank you Fred. I am trying to bring honesty to this important conversation.. low grade web sites are manipulating the truth. Hypocrisy is what it is and KC is a hypocrite defending a Predator President (using his own words— “I grab then by the ——“) it’s discouraging. https://t.co/U84sMsTnZt— Mika Brzezinski (@morningmika) October 4, 2018
CNN anchor Chris Cuomo on Thursday asked whether it was fair for
Of course, that’s patently untrue. I’ve never defended KAC or the Pres for attacking Ford. The opposite in fact. YOU questioned a woman’s assault story, telling her to spill or she’s lying. Let me be clear: there’s NO shame in my game. https://t.co/mDwnR7Z1GY— S.E. Cupp (@secupp) October 4, 2018
Why: Liberals have been the primary champions of #MeToo, and conservatives have sometimes accused them of exploiting the campaign for political gain.
The comments by Brzezinski, an outspoken liberal and cheerleader for women's rights, saw that dynamic reversed.
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