Mika Brzezinski: McSally setting ‘far better example’ than ‘GOP men who will likely win’

MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski said early Tuesday that GOP Rep. Martha McSallyMartha Elizabeth McSallyCoronavirus deal key to Republicans protecting Senate majority From a Republican donor to Senate GOP: Remove marriage penalty or risk alienating voters Hillicon Valley: Facebook bans ads from pro-Trump PAC | Uber reports big drop in revenue | US offers M reward for election interference info MORE is setting a “far better example” in her defeat in Arizona’s Senate race than some Republican men who “will likely win” their contests.

“You know, in this election year, when so many women won races, it is a woman who lost, Arizona Republican Martha McSally, who is setting a far better example for our daughters and sons than some of the GOP men who will likely win their races,” Brzezinski began while speaking on “Morning Joe” with co-host Joe Scarborough.

Brzezinski then praised McSally for how she “gracefully conceded in defeat” to Democratic Rep. Kyrsten Sinema. The Republican in a video shared to Twitter on Monday night said she called Sinema to congratulate her “on becoming Arizona's first female senator after a hard-fought battle." 

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“Republicans in Washington urged McSally to continue to churn up conspiracy theories and contest the results but McSally put aside partisanship and personal ambition to give the people of her state what they need,” Brzezinski said. “A clear result that everyone can have confidence in.” 

“Contrast that graceful behavior with the shameful rhetoric of Rick Scott in Florida, who is in his own contested Senate race throwing out baseless allegations of fraud and crime and trying to squelch a full and fair count of the vote,” Brzezinski continued, referring to the Florida governor and Republican U.S. Senate nominee.

“In defeat, McSally showed class and dignity, allowing voters of all stripes a chance to believe again in the character of our leaders and to have faith in our democratic system. Unlike the president and Rick Scott, she puts America first and shows us all true character on one of the toughest nights of her life,” Brzezinski added. “What a great example, Joe, for all of us as we get through this strange and difficult time.”

Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) last week accused "unethical liberals" of attempting to "steal this election” with recounts underway in his Senate race against Sen. Bill NelsonClarence (Bill) William Nelson Trump, facing trouble in Florida, goes all in NASA names DC headquarters after agency's first Black female engineer Mary W. Jackson NASA, SpaceX and the private-public partnership that caused the flight of the Crew Dragon MORE (D-Fla.) and in the state's gubernatorial contest between Democrat Andrew Gillum and Republican Ron DeSantisRon DeSantisUS surpasses 5 million coronavirus cases The Hill's Campaign Report: US officials say Russia, China are looking to sow discord in election DeSantis: It's safe to hug with PPE on MORE.

Scott has since taken legal action and filed emergency actions in both Broward and Palm Beach counties, alleging fraud.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump suggests some states may 'pay nothing' as part of unemployment plan Trump denies White House asked about adding him to Mount Rushmore Trump, US face pivotal UN vote on Iran MORE, who also claimed fraud has taken place in the elections, called for DeSantis and Scott to be declared the winners of their respective races.

"The Florida Election should be called in favor of Rick Scott and Ron DeSantis in that large numbers of new ballots showed up out of nowhere, and many ballots are missing or forged," Trump said on Twitter Monday. "An honest vote count is no longer possible-ballots massively infected. Must go with Election Night!"