Monday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” co-host Mika Brzezinski said Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton’s move to the left does not “ring true” and she doubts she will “stand up to Wall Street.”
“I have been looking at that kind of rhetoric from Hillary Clinton and saying it sounds like Elizabeth Warren but it sometimes doesn’t feel like it rings true,” Brzezinski said. “[W]hy some progressives may worry about her following through when it comes to actually governing. First off, during the 2008 election cycle, according to Open Secrets.org, some of Hillary Clinton’s top donors were big banks. Among them, Goldman Sachs, Citigroup, and Merrill Lynch.”
After playing a clip of Elizabeth Warren explaining as a Senator for New York, Clinton voted for a pro-business bankruptcy bill that she opposed as first lady, Mika said, “It makes me have a question for you about how she actually proves that she can stand up to Wall Street or stand up to influence that I think is a big issue with the Clintons. And whether influence plays a role in decision making. And this is real, you know, credible, actual legislation. Part of the work that she’s done in her past that we can apply to now some of the things that she’s saying in her speeches, how does she get beyond that and prove she will do what she’s saying?”
“This might represent a concern about how she stands up to Wall Street?” Brzezinski added.
Co-host Joe Scarborough agreed saying, “Just know that she’s not going to stand up to Wall Street.”
“To Mika’s point whether this could be pulled off authentically,” Willie Geist added. “It’s hard to go into a speech like she did on Saturday and attack hedge funds and pull out statistics about the top 25 hedge fund managers make more than all the kindergarten teachers combined. This is an economy for billionaires. And then go to a fundraiser at a hedge fund managers house. It’s difficult to pull off, and then to make speeches at Goldman Sachs. Elizabeth Warren wouldn’t make speeches at Goldman Sachs because she means what she’s saying.”