Democrat Congressman John Conyers faces allegations of sexual misconduct, discrimination and paying off a former employee whom he fired for allegedly refusing his sexual advances.
Amid these allegations, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi defended her fellow Democrat and called him an “icon.”
MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” co-host Joe Scarborough doubled down on the defense.
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“Tell me, what do you call this person before this happened, a guy who was a Korean war veteran, a guy who when he got into congress there were four black members in Congress, a guy who single-handedly started the congressional black caucus. A guy who is responsible for Rosa Parks laying in state in the United States capitol, I believe the first black woman to be afforded that honor,” Scarborough said on Tuesday. “I would call that an icon.”
The co-host then took a swipe at Christian “Bible thumpers”:
“I would call that an icon, I would call that an icon and if you’re offended by that, if you’re offended by Nancy Pelosi calling a man like that an icon, well let me just say that you remind me an awful lot of the Bible thumpers I grew up with,” he said.
However, unlike Pelosi, Scarborough suggested Conyers should resign from Congress:
“Yes, he needs to be taken out of Congress,” Scarborough said. “And yes, he’s obviously a danger to others and a danger to himself. He needs to be removed from Congress because he’s not capable of being in Congress.”
Co-host Mika Brzezinski chimed in:
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“When you’re talking about men in their late 80s, early 90s, you’re talking about people who are suffering from health problems,” Brzezinski said, fighting tears as she recalled talking to her own father, who recently died, about retiring.
“It’s time to go home, you know, and be at home for a while,” she said. “And the behavior of someone in that age range is just — it’s hard to explain sometimes. And it’s very, very difficult to deal with.”