Mika Brzezinski: Clinton camp wanted me off the air

MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski claimed Friday that Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonSanders campaign reports raising M in less than a day The Memo: Bernie Sanders’s WH launch sharpens ‘socialist’ question Roger Stone invokes gag order in new fundraiser MORE's campaign lobbied to have the "Morning Joe" co-host taken off the air.


“I was concerned the campaign was not understanding that perhaps there was an arrogance [and they] perhaps needed to get off their high horse and understand that this isn’t over,” Brzezinski said Friday of the run-up to Election Day.

"I’ll just say it. NBC got a call from the campaign."

"[It was] like I had done something journalistically inappropriate or something and needed to be pulled off the air. I mean, think about that. That’s just — you’re shooting the wrong messenger," she said. 

Brzezinski said Clinton and other Democrats wildly underestimated Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump nominates Jeffrey Rosen to replace Rosenstein at DOJ McCabe says ‘it’s possible’ Trump is a Russian asset McCabe: Trump ‘undermining the role of law enforcement’ MORE when he launched his campaign in June 2015.

“I remember when he came down the elevator — you know the moment — I remember thinking, everyone had these reactions where they laughed at the concept,” she said of Trump’s campaign launch at Trump Tower. "It’s so weird. It sent a shiver down my spine."

“I thought, 'This is the first time I don’t get my party, that they’re laughing at this.' Everyone else was, too, but I was specifically concerned about Democrats [who were] thinking, 'This is who’d they want as the nominee,' like they could just totally kill this candidate.”

Brzezinski said many Democrats she knows personally remain "scared to death" or "really angry" about Trump’s upset win last month.

Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinFeinstein says she thinks Biden will run after meeting with him Trump judicial nominee Neomi Rao seeks to clarify past remarks on date rape Bottom Line MORE (D-Calif.) said after meeting Clinton for a private dinner Thursday that the former secretary of State has "accepted" her electoral defeat.

“Anybody that’s lost a big election knows it’s never easy,” she said, according to CNN. "She has accepted it, and that’s what makes it hard."