MSNBC’s Contessa Brewer really, really enjoyed a clip from former Wyoming Republican Sen. Alan Simpson, who was criticizing new, socially conservative members of the GOP as “homophobes” and “woman haters.” After airing the clips–from an earlier episode of Hardball–Brewer couldn’t quite resist the urge to add an “amen” in the form of an–assumingly ad-libbed–”Preach it!”
Brewer also set up the clip by describing Simpson as a “truth-teller:”
CONTESSA BREWER: And speaking of truth tellers, former Republican senator Alan Simpson pulls no punches. Here he is with Chris Matthews last night on Hardball railing against the new crop of social conservatives in the Republican Party.
SIMPSON: We have homophobes in our party. That’s disgusting to me. We’re all human beings. We’re all God’s children.
SIMPSON: I’m not sticking with people who are homophobic, anti-women, you know, moral values while you’re diddling your secretary, while you’re giving a speech on moral values, c’mon, get off of it.
BREWER: Preach it! Simpson served as a senator from Wyoming for eighteen years.