Politics

Brzezinski Threatens to Pull Out of Weinstein Book Deal: Hollywood Mogul ‘Thought Scandal Would Blow Over’

MSNBC's "Morning Joe" co-host Mika Brzezinski said Monday she was "stunned" to hear over the weekend that Harvey Weinstein had thought his sexual harassment scandal would eventual "blow over," attributing his attitude to extreme hubris and the fact that he had "been abusing for so many years."

Brzezinski had threatened over the weekend to pull out of a three-book deal with Weinstein Books, a division of Harvey Weinstein's company, should he fail to resign following the Hollywood businessman and Democratic donor's sexual harassment scandal.

On Monday's "Morning Joe," Brzezinski said it was a "no brainer on so many levels" to pull her three book deal.

"I’m also am stunned to hear that, in this heated board meeting over the weekend, that he thought this would blow over," Brzezinski said.

"That is hubris, that is arrogance, that is someone who have been abusing for so many years, that he has absolutely no sense of self-awareness," she added.

Sam Stein, Daily Beast political editor, appeared as a guest on Monday's show. He applauded Brzezinski's decision and criticized the Weinstein company for not taking action earlier.

Stein further discussed news over the weekend on how the Democratic National Committee will only donate 10 percent of $300,00 Democratic members have received in donations from Weinstein. Stein said the DNC drew further criticism for giving Weinstein's contributions to political groups rather than charities.

The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) has openly joked about the DNC not having enough cash to donate the full amount. The national press secretary of the NRCC, Jesse Hunt, has also called on the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) to follow suit and donate contributions from Weinstein.

The DCCC has received $21,200 of the $303,000, according to the America Rising PAC.