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MSNBC’s Morning Joe panel was shocked Thursday that Hillary Clinton held a fundraiser at a $17 billion investment fund despite coming under intense scrutiny recently for her close ties with Wall Street, mocking her for the decision.
“So really quickly, Kasie, so let me get this straight, Hillary Clinton had a fundraiser at a bank in Philadelphia yesterday?” host Joe Scarborough said.
“You heard the man,” MSNBC correspondent Kasie Hunt said, referring to a jab Bernie Sanders made at Clinton Wednesday night.
“I am delighted to be here with you tonight in Mason City. My opponent is not in Iowa tonight, she is raising money from a Philadelphia investment firm,” Sanders said at a campaign event. His statement was met with heavy booing from the crowd.
“Wow. That’s interesting timing,” Scarborough said, alluding to the recent criticism waged at Clinton for raking in hundreds of thousands of dollars in big bank speaking fees while preaching about income inequality on the campaign trail.
“What bank? What? What? What?” co-host Mika Brzezinski said.
“Did she give a speech?” Scarborough said. “I’m just curious, because I mean if you can pick up a quarter million dollars in an afternoon, that must be nice.”
“She certainly handed Bernie that line on a silver platter. The group is called Franklin Square Capital. It’s in Philadelphia,” said co-anchor Willie Geist.
“You can’t make this up!” Scarborough said and laughed.
Geist said that the event also featured a concert by Bon Jovi, and that Clinton was planning to attend two other fundraisers in New York City the same night, but chose to attend the event in Philadelphia.
“Here’s the mitigating factor: it featured a concert by Bon Jovi,” Geist said. “And by the way, it’s telling. She canceled two fundraisers tonight in New York City.”
Brzezinski and Scarborough were also surprised that Clinton was attending events outside of Iowa in the first place, considering the proximity of the Iowa caucuses.
“She was going to be in New York tonight raising money? Three days before Iowa? Four days – what?” Brzezinski said.
“Wow. She must be very confident that the people of Iowa don’t care whether she’s there, or with bankers raising money on the east coast,” Scarborough said. “That’s a big fundraiser. Must be a really, really wealthy investment bank to be able to afford Bon Jovi. Wow.”