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Mockery of Mika Brzezinski’s emotional message proves her point

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MSNBC's Mika Brzezinksi appeared to choke up Monday as she called President Trump's unsubstantiated wiretapping charge against former president Barack Obama “not funny” and empathized with voters who might feel distressed by Trump's antics.

“This is not funny,” Brzezinski said on “Morning Joe.” “This is really bad. Just for the record, we are all really nervous. So if people out there feel nervous, we do too. We don't think this is funny.”

The premise of Brzezinski's emotional message was that some people have been mocked for reacting in horror to Trump's evidence-starved accusation and might need a little validation. But the response to Brzezinski by of some of her conservative counterparts in the media made the point even more effectively than she did.

The Drudge Report banner read “MIKA FREAKING” for much of the day, and other conservatives teased her on Twitter.

Brzezinski was attempting to convey the heaviness of a sitting president accusing his predecessor of Nixonian spy tactics without presenting anything to back it up.

“We are at a low point in American history, and I don't know how anybody can defend this president, even if it's their job,” she said. “Like, you've got to have a job after this. You've got to look in the mirror after this, Sarah Huckabee, or whoever is speaking out next. You have to look in the mirror and think about this country after this is over.”

Trump supporters aren't taking this matter seriously enough, Brzezinski argued. As if determined to prove her right, some laughed.