MSNBC analyst Elise Jordan mocked House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes (R., Calif.) on Wednesday for being a “former dairy farmer” before host Joe Scarborough jumped in to say there was nothing wrong with them.
According to NBC News, Nunes is a third-generation Portuguese-American who grew up working on his family’s dairy farm, and he previously told people on the campaign trail in 2002 that’s all he originally wanted to do.
Nunes has come under fire from Democrats for writing a memorandum reportedly detailing alleged abuses by the Department of Justice regarding its surveillance of former Donald Trump campaign adviser Carter Page. The committee voted on party lines to release the memo, and Democrats and others have framed it as a nakedly partisan attempt to undermine special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.
Panelist John Heilemann hammered Nunes on “Morning Joe” for leading a “partisan investigation of the FBI. It’s disgraceful.”
He called the Republicans’ behavior “disgraceful.”
“Why are Republicans trusting Devin Nunes to be their oracle of truth?” Jordan asked. “A former dairy farmer who House Intel staffers refer to as ‘Secret Agent Man,’ because he has no idea what’s going on.”
Scarborough said Nunes had already been busted as a “courier” for Trump.
“This is Devin Nunes the Republicans are staking their credibility on, a guy that, I’m sorry, I wouldn’t trust as far as I could throw him,” Jordan said.
As Mika Brzezinski prepared to go to commercial, Scarborough quickly said, “By the way, there’s nothing wrong with dairy farmers. I like them.”