MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski to Rick Perry: ‘What The Heck Is Going On In Your State As It Pertains To Equal Pay?’

“Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski has been engaged in an ongoing rant about the mythical pay gap between men and women. Over the past week, the liberal MSNBCer has used her daily platform to repeat the false statistic that women earn 77 percent of what their male counterparts make.

After allowing formerPresident Jimmy Carter to repeat the erroneous statistic on Monday’s broadcast, Mika attempted to bombard Governor Rick Perry (R-TX) on Tuesday March 25 by obnoxiously asking him “What the heck is going on in your state as it pertains to equal pay and the ongoing debate, feud, battle with Wendy Davis?” [See video below.]  

Despite not repeating the “77 percent” myth on Tuesday, Mika still attempted to create a fake controversy with the Texas Republican. In spite of Brzezinski’s attempts, Governor Perry quickly shot down her ridiculous claims and argued, “Why do we need to muddle up our statutes when we already have laws on the books that clearly takes care of this?”

Perry continued to refute Mika’s “what the heck is going on in your state” claim by pointing out that:

This was passed for no other reason than to say we're going to make you veto this bill. Or in Greg Abbott's situation saying we've got statutes.He's a bright lawyer. If they want to talk about substantive issues in Texas in this governor's race, then let's talk about tax policy, regulatory policy, legal policies. But to go focus on this issue of a piece of legislation that already -- that we already have laws that protect it is nonsense. 

Since Brzezinski first began her "equal pay" crusade last week, Governor Perry was the first guest to push back against the “Morning Joe” host’s misleading claims. Despite conservative Joe Scarborough appearing alongside Mika, he has yet to chime in to correct her, instead allowing her to repeat the lie over and over again. Kudos to Rick Perry for not allowing “Morning Joe” and the rest of the liberals at MSNBC to perpetuate a myth that women are being paid less than men.

 

See relevant transcript below.


MSNBC

Morning Joe

March 25, 2014

8:45 a.m. Eastern

MIKA BRZEZINSKI: What the heck is going on in your state as it pertains to equal pay and the ongoing debate, feud, battle with Wendy Davis? 

RICK PERRY: I actually vetoed that bill in the last session of the legislature. Why do we need to muddle up our statutes when we already have laws on the books that clearly takes care of this? I get the message. Listen, I am married to one of the most capable women in the world, a professional. I am the father-in-law to an incredibly bright litigator, who is the mother of that beautiful grandbaby. I have a daughter who aspired to be a broadcast journalist. 

JOE SCARBOROUGH: She dodged that bullet. 

PERRY: She did. She's a great kid. But they have my support, as do all women across 
-- my chief of staff is a woman. I mean, I probably have more female chiefs of staff than anybody in Texas history. And the fact is, they get paid well because of the performance that they do. I support women. When it comes to the first Asian-American Secretary of State in Texas history, Nandita Berry. I support and help lift up women in the state of Texas as do I think our policies in the state. But for the sole purpose of politics – and let's face it, this was passed for no other reason than to say we're going to make you veto this bill. Or in Greg Abbott's situation saying we've got statutes. He's a bright lawyer. If they want to talk about substantive issues in Texas in this governor's race, then let's talk about tax policy, regulatory policy, legal policies. But to go focus on this issue of a piece of legislation that already -- that we already have laws that protect it is nonsense. 

BRZEZINSKI: You're not on drugs today. That's good. You sound great. 

Jeffrey Meyer
Jeffrey Meyer
Jeffrey Meyer is a News Analyst at the Media Research Center.