MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski slammed Donald Trump this morning for defending Bill O’Reilly against sexual harassment allegations.
Brzezinski called Trump’s remarks about the Fox News Host “disgusting.”
“You don’t take sides on a settlement in a sexual harassment case that clearly has some legs — in some way, somewhere — in a network that, I think, is finally going to change its culture and do the right thing. The advertisers are speaking and women are speaking and I think it’s going to work out — but the president shouldn’t have done that.”
Reports emerged this week that $13 million was paid to five women who accused O’Reilly of sexual harassment or inappropriate conduct. The alleged payouts have prompted at least 38 advertisers to pull spots from “The O’Reilly Factor.”
Amid the furor, Trump praised O’Reilly during an interview Wednesday with the New York Times, calling him a “good person” who “shouldn’t have settled” with his accusers.
“I don’t think Bill did anything wrong,” Trump said in the Oval Office.
Co-host Joe Scarborough, a former GOP congressman, suggested Trump’s staff failed to prepare him for the questions about O’Reilly before the interview with the Times.
“You need a chief of staff, somebody you trust, a communication director, saying, ‘President Trump, they’re going to be asking you about Bill O’Reilly, probably ask you about what you said about Barack Obama yesterday, they’re going to ask you about Susan Rice.
But today we’re talking about Syria. All you say, whatever they ask: ‘Listen, those are important issues, but right now we’re all focused on Syria, we’re in the Oval Office trying to figure out how we respond to this heinous attack, and I’m not going to comment.”