Brzezinski faces backlash after questioning Franken accuser who 'voted for Trump'

MSNBC "Morning Joe" host Mika Brzezinski was slammed Friday on social media for appearing to question the account of a sexual misconduct accuser of Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenHow to stand out in the crowd: Kirsten Gillibrand needs to find her niche Man who threatened to kill Obama, Maxine Waters faces up to 20 years in prison Gillibrand defends her call for Franken to resign MORE (D-Minn.), referring to her as a "Playboy model who goes on Hannity [and] voted for Trump" during a Friday morning discussion.

Leeann Tweeden, a KABC radio host in Los Angeles, was the first of eight women to accuse Franken on Nov. 16, sharing a photo of Franken appearing to grope her while she was sleeping during a flight on a USO tour in 2006.


"I would think a dress owned by Monica Lewinsky would bring down a president. But it didn't," Brzezinski said in reference to a dress containing President Bill Clinton's DNA from a sexual encounter in the Oval Office while Lewinsky was an intern, leading to his impeachment in the House.

"So I'm surprised that a comedian's picture of a performer — Playboy model who goes on Hannity, who voted for Trump. I see some politics there, but I haven't brought that up every step of the way because of course, in this ‘Me Too’ environment, you must always believe the women.”

Tweeden has appeared as a guest on Sean Hannity's radio program in the past. She has also appeared on the covers of Playboy, Maxim and FHM magazines.

After coming forth with allegations in November that included saying Franken forcibly kissed her during the same USO Tour, the senator apologized and Tweeden accepted, adding she "wasn't calling on him to resign."

The Brzezinski commentary quickly went viral; she has since been accused on social media of victim-shaming Tweeden based on her political affiliation, mostly by right-leaning media members.

Critics included HLN's S.E. Cupp, who once worked with Brzezinski at MSNBC.