Mika Brzezinski: Clinton camp wanted me off the air

MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski claimed Friday that Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWhite House accuses Biden of pushing ‘conspiracy theories’ with Trump election claim Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness Trayvon Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton qualifies to run for county commissioner in Florida MORE’s campaign lobbied to have the “Morning Joe” co-host taken off the air.


“I was concerned the campaign was not understanding that perhaps there was an arrogance [and they] perhaps needed to get off their high horse and understand that this isn’t over,” Brzezinski said Friday of the run-up to Election Day.

“I’ll just say it. NBC got a call from the campaign.”

“[It was] like I had done something journalistically inappropriate or something and needed to be pulled off the air. I mean, think about that. That’s just — you’re shooting the wrong messenger,” she said. 

Brzezinski said Clinton and other Democrats wildly underestimated Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE when he launched his campaign in June 2015.

“I remember when he came down the elevator — you know the moment — I remember thinking, everyone had these reactions where they laughed at the concept,” she said of Trump’s campaign launch at Trump Tower. “It’s so weird. It sent a shiver down my spine.”

“I thought, ‘This is the first time I don’t get my party, that they’re laughing at this.’ Everyone else was, too, but I was specifically concerned about Democrats [who were] thinking, ‘This is who’d they want as the nominee,’ like they could just totally kill this candidate.”

Brzezinski said many Democrats she knows personally remain “scared to death” or “really angry” about Trump’s upset win last month.

Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Democrats demand Republican leaders examine election challenges after Georgia voting chaos GOP votes to give Graham broad subpoena power in Obama-era probe MORE (D-Calif.) said after meeting Clinton for a private dinner Thursday that the former secretary of State has “accepted” her electoral defeat.

“Anybody that’s lost a big election knows it’s never easy,” she said, according to CNN. “She has accepted it, and that’s what makes it hard.”

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