MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski criticized Hillary Clinton for being critical of Wall Street banks to some audiences, yet congenial when speaking to Goldman Sachs executives.
Monday on “Morning Joe,” the liberal co-host said “that’s why it just doesn’t work to speak out of both sides of your mouth anymore.” (RELATED: Hillary Says She Has No Regrets About Taking Millions In Wall Street Speaking Fees [VIDEO])
Reading a from December 12, 2013 article from Politico by Ben White (currently with Politico) and Maggie Haberman (currently with The New York Times), co-host Joe Scarborough said, “This is pretty chilling.”
On a recent afternoon, executives at Goldman Sachs invited a few hundred major investors to the Conrad Hotel in lower Manhattan. The bankers and their guests filed into a large room and turned their eyes to Hillary Clinton.
Ordinarily [these masters of] the universe might have groaned at the idea of a politician taking the microphone…But Clinton offered a message that the collected plutocrats found reassuring, according to accounts offered by several attendees, declaring that the banker-bashing so popular within both political parties was unproductive and indeed foolish. Striking a soothing note on the global financial crisis, she told the audience, in effect: We all got into this mess together, and we’re all going to have to work together to get out of it. What the bankers heard her to say was just what they would hope for from a prospective presidential candidate: Beating up the finance industry isn’t going to improve the economy—it needs to stop. And indeed Goldman’s Tim O’Neill, who heads the bank’s asset management business, introduced Clinton by saying how courageous she was for speaking at the bank. (Brave, perhaps, but also well-compensated: Clinton’s minimum fee for paid remarks is $200,000).
“That was not in 2001, that was not in 2004. Mika, that was in 2013 and it was written by reporters that now cover her on the presidential campaign trail for the New York Times,” Scarborough said. “It’s pretty stunning stuff.” (RELATED: Hillary Laughs Off Releasing Speeches Delivered To Goldman Sachs [VIDEO])
“Well, the problem is a lot of people got out of it together but not most of America. And certainly not the middle class. And that’s why it just doesn’t work to speak out of both sides of your mouth anymore,” Brzezinski said about Clinton.
“All I’m saying is that was [Clinton’s] job when she was Senator, to defend Wall Street. She was not Senator in ’13, she went there to get paid $225,000 to deliver a speech that Goldman Sachs would love,” Scarborough argued.
“The quotes are fairly devastating,” he later argued for Clinton. (RELATED: Clinton Surrogate Sen. Shaheen Fails To Explain Clinton’s Lavish Speaking Fees [VIDEO])