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MSNBC Consensus: Gingrich Is 'Disgusting'

Newt hits a nerve.

11:16 AM, Nov 21, 2011 • By DANIEL HALPER
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The talking heads this morning on MSNBC's Morning Joe reacted to Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich's assessment of Occupy Wall Street. "All of the Occupy movement starts with the premise that we all owe them everything," Gingrich said over the weekend. "It's a pretty good symptom for how much the left has collapsed as a moral system in this country, and why you need to reassert something as simple as saying, 'Go get a job right after you take a bath.'"

Mika Brzezinski, the show's co-host, was furious. "Wow," Brzezinski said after playing a clip of Gingrich's remarks. "It's really not surprising, coming from me, but that's about the most arrogant and un-self-aware, and those are probably the only words I can use ... for any politician in this Republican field to say..."

Jeffrey Sachs, a guest this morning, agreed. "Disgusting," he said. 

Brzezinski then agreed with Sachs's statement: "Disgusting."

"Absolutely disgusting," Sachs said, again in agreement. "No sense of any meaning at all of this. Absolutely revolting, actually. And especially when what they're protesting against is the incredible abuse of power, the criminality on Wall Street and so forth that he--he has taken his millions of dollars. It's shocking!"

Brzezinski then went on to suggest that the former speaker of the House needs a shower. "Someone needs a bath, and I don't think it's the people from Occupy Wall Street," Brzezinski said. "That's all I'm going to say. I've got nothing else. I'm so disgusted by that that something horrible is going to come..."

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Last week, Gingrich dinged MSNBC for its support for President Obama. "I understand there are places like MSNBC that are essentially the Obama re-election team," Gingrich said at a campaign event. "But that’s fine. This is a free society."

This morning's exchange seems to have been MSNBC's response to Gingrich's statement.

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