Mika Brzezinski blasted Mitt Romney at length for his "binders full of women" story on Thursday's "Morning Joe."
Brzezinski was outraged at what was shown to be a misleading claim by Romney about his attempts to recruit female cabinet members in Massachusetts. "It just happens to be a little bit insulting that he had to make up a story about trying to help women because he couldn't find one on his own," she said. "That's kind of a problem."
At Tuesday's debate, Romney was asked how he would address gender inequalities in the workplace. He said that as governor, he actively sought out female candidates for his cabinet and was brought "binders full of women." The story was later shown to false: women's groups had actually independently gathered the names to submit to the candidate elected to office.
Even if the story were true, Brzezinski alleged, it would have meant that it took Romney until political office to "realize that there's not enough women in the work force and nobody in your family or in your life has expressed to you that there's a concern here."
Brzezinski also sparred with Joe Scarborough, dismissed "Bindergate" as "ridiculous." She was most dismayed by Romney's story out of the "Morning Joe" panel, by far.
Scarborough argued that it had little to do with the concerns of middle-class women, while Mark Halperin said he'd rather focus on the "issues" than "binders full of women." At one point, Scarborough shifted the focus from Romney to himself by saying that he found Brzezinski without the help of a binder. He said he often says that the show should be re-named "Morning Mika," and asked for a show of hands of panel members who agreed with him.
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