Mika Brzezinski gets emotional condemning 'evil' Trump rally 'send her back' chants

MSNBC "Morning Joe" co-anchor Mika BrzezinskiMika Emilie BrzezinskiTYT's Cenk Uygur rips Dems condemning Trump 'lock him up' chant: 'Most feckless party' ever 'Sorry Joe' trends as Scarborough faces backlash for defending Trump after World Series chant Scarborough scolds Nats fans for 'lock him up' chant: 'We are Americans and we do not do that' MORE became noticeably emotional as she condemned the "send her back" chants that targeted Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarIlhan Omar responds to 'Conservative Squad': 'Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery' Biden narrowly ahead in Iowa as Sanders surges, Warren drops: poll Sanders, Omar to hit campaign trail in New Hampshire MORE (D-Minn.) at President TrumpDonald John TrumpRepublicans aim to avoid war with White House over impeachment strategy New York Times editorial board calls for Trump's impeachment Trump rips Michigan Rep. Dingell after Fox News appearance: 'Really pathetic!' MORE's rally in North Carolina on Wednesday night. 

Brzezinski invoked her father, a Polish American who served as the national security adviser in President Carter's administration, saying that people like him and former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright would "tell you that this is pure and simple evil."


“I try not to invoke my father because I could never live up to even be half who he was. But people like my father and people like Madeleine Albright who came here and made this country greater, to coin the president’s term, they will tell you that this is pure and simple evil and that someone is going to get hurt, whether it be someone in an office today or in a school or anywhere in America, someone is going to get hurt," Brzezinski said, becoming emotional. "Whether they are hurt personally, emotionally, psychologically or physically."

"Let me just tell you, we’re not just at a dangerous place," she continued. "We’re at a place where things are boiling over. And this president is promulgating racism and violence."

Brzezinski's father, Zbigniew Brzezinski, was born in Warsaw, Poland, before arriving in the U.S. and having a decorated career as a U.S. diplomat. Albright was born in what is now the Czech Republic.

The comments from Brzezinski came just a day after a rally crowd repeatedly chanted "send her back" as Trump targeted Omar, a U.S. citizen who fled Somalia with her family as a child. 

The episode came amid a week in which Trump has relentlessly targeted Omar and a group of minority congresswomen. Trump on Sunday said that the lawmakers — Omar, and Democratic Reps, Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezDemocrats ask if they have reason to worry about UK result Sanders, Ocasio-Cortez to hold campaign rallies in Los Angeles, Las Vegas Overwhelming majority say social media companies have too much influence: poll MORE (N.Y.), Rashid Tlaib (Mich.) and Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyIlhan Omar responds to 'Conservative Squad': 'Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery' Sanders, Omar to hit campaign trail in New Hampshire Booker unveils legislation for federal bill to ban discrimination against natural hair MORE (Mass.) — should go back to the "crime infested places" they came from before speaking out about how the U.S. should be governed. 

He also claimed the women "came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe." Omar is the only one among the four to be born outside the U.S. They are all U.S. citizens. 

The House on Tuesday voted to condemn Trump's remarks as racist. Trump has adamantly stood by his comments, saying that the lawmakers should leave if they are unhappy in the U.S. He said Thursday that he was "not happy" with the "send her back" chants.