Responding to news that a judge overturned Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s ban on large sugary drinks, MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski exploded in what The Blaze called a “crazed rant” on Tuesday, claiming, among other things, that soft drink makers are producing poison for consumers and their children.
Mike Opelka posted a clip of her rant along with some of her claims and statements.
Among her many charges, Brzezinski claimed theater owners “serve popcorn that is so full of salt it will kill you,” while asserting that the “American Beverage Association is relieved because they can continue to make money poisoning people.”
“At some point there will be a clamp down on the beverage industry, just like the cigarette industry. And they will wear a black hat,” she added.
Brzezinski also asserted that the beverage industry will face legal challenges until “they stop putting sugar, salts, and terrible fats into our food and making them addictive.”
“Don’t be mad at me about that, be mad that you buy this stuff again and again and again. These companies feel like they have to produce poison for you and your children,” she added.
“Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough tried to calm his co-host down, but to no avail.
“Most New Yorkers agree with this judge,” he said. “Don’t tell us what to drink.”
But, Opelka said, most of the on-camera crew were not on board with the ban.
“At one point,” he wrote, “a staffer was seen wearing a hat with two ‘Big Gulp’ drinks from 7-11 while discussing the constitutionality of the soda ban.”
The ban was approved last September by a Bloomberg-appointed health board and was set to begin Tuesday, but New York Supreme Court Justice Milton Tingling overturned the ban, calling it “arbitrary and capricious.”
News of the judge’s decision elated many across the political spectrum, from Sarah Palin to the Teamsters, who “staunchly” opposed what they called a “job-killing ban.”
But instead of recognizing that most did not approve of the ban, Brzezinski continued to rant about she sees as “toxic foods,” Opelka added.
Video of her comments can be seen here.
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