'Morning Joe' blasts progressives for equivocating on Hamas terror: 'Yeah, but Israel'

December 4, 2023

The reliably liberal hosts of MSNBC's Morning Joe expressed shock over the failure of some left-wing Democrats to condemn Hamas' brutal terror against women. 

Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski blasted "Squad" member Pramila Jayapal (Wa.) for appearing to equivocate on the subject during a tense interview with CNN.

Tense interview

Host Dana Bash confronted Jayapal over the perceived failure of leftist progressives to adequately condemn Hamas for raping Israeli women.

Jayapal pivoted to accusing Israel of "war crimes" in its military response in Gaza.

"We cannot say that one war crime deserves another," Jayapal said. "That is not what international humanitarian law says."

"With respect I was just asking about the women, and you turned it back to Israel," Bash replied.

Jayapal said there must be "balance" in public discussion of the war, pointing to thousands of Palestinians who have died in Israel's military response.

"You don't see Israeli soldiers raping Palestinian women," Bash replied.

"The Squad" loses MSNBC

The hosts of Morning Joe played back the CNN clip and shared their astonished reactions.

"My lord!" co-host Mika Brzezinski said. "Was she equivocating?"

Joe Scarborough complained that progressives can't seem to condemn Hamas without blaming Israel as well.

“You can never say that what Hamas did [to] the Jewish women was absolutely savage and beyond the pale. It always has to be ‘Yeah, but Israel,'” Scarborough said.

Growing rift

Jayapal has also faced pushback from fellow Democrats in Congress.

"Hamas terrorists raped Israeli women and girls. The only ‘balanced’ approach is to condemn sexual violence loudly, forcefully and without exceptions. Outrageous for anyone to ‘both sides’ sexual violence," Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter.

Some have questioned whether the growing rift between pro-Israel and anti-Israel progressives will hurt Joe Biden as he seeks re-election in 2024.

In a historic rebuke, "Squad" member Rashida Tlaib (D-Mi.), the only Palestinian member of Congress, was censured over her inflammatory rhetoric toward Israel.

The Israel-bashing goes all the way up to former President Obama, who recently said that "nobody's hands are clean" in the conflict between Israel and Hamas.

Progressives including Jayapal have called for a cease-fire in Gaza, a move that Biden has rejected.

MSNBC recently fired Mehdi Hasan, a pro-Palestine host.

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