Mika Brzezinski (Credit: MSNBC)

Morning Joe's Mika Brzezinski rails against "pathetic, weak, sell-out" Paul Ryan for endorsing Trump: "He's not going to pay you back!"

"This is just so sad," she said


Scott Eric Kaufman
June 3, 2016 6:11PM (UTC)

Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski had what can only be called "harsh words" for House Speaker Paul Ryan after he endorsed Republican front-runner Donald Trump earlier this week.

Ryan claimed that he "didn't know [Trump] before this process began, had never sat down with him and talked about the country, and principles and policies," but he was and is sure that "Hillary Clinton isn't going to be advancing our principles and policies -- she's advancing another Obama term."

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He added that "it's become clear to me in conversations with Donald that he is someone who is comfortable with these principles and these policies. It's basically coming to that conclusion -- which you can't do over the phone one time."

Brzezinski wasn't buying Ryan's line, though, saying only "that's one way of putting it." Another, she added, "is 'Yet another Republican goes down, for no reason, with no actual information about what convinced him.'"

Guest Mark Halperin chimed in, saying Ryan "seemed super-psyched," and Brzezinski sighed audibly.

"This is just so sad," she said. "Paul Ryan -- the guy who I think is the Republican's great hope -- is an honest, good, principled man of character. What is he -- if he had a good reason, I'm all for it."

"If he heard what Donald Trump is going to do to lead the party forward and help make America great again," she continued, "tell me what it was, Paul Ryan."

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"Because you just sold out." Brzezinski warned Ryan that capitulating to Trump is a no-win situation, because "he’s not going to do anything for you because you did this. He’s not going to pay you back. It’s pathetic. He sold out. I’m sorry -- he did have a choice, and he made one that was weak."

Watch the entire segment below via MSNBC.


Scott Eric Kaufman

Scott Eric Kaufman is an assistant editor at Salon. He taught at a university, but then thought better of it. Follow him at @scottekaufman or email him at skaufman@salon.com.

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