Republican legislators on Thursday quickly reprimanded President Donald Trump for crudely claiming “Morning Joe” co-have Mika Brzezinski was “draining gravely from a cosmetic touch up,” saying such tweets are underneath the workplace of the president.
In a two-section tweet, the president said he “heard poorly rated @Morning_Joe speaks badly of me (don’t watch anymore).” He then went on to hit Brzezinski: “how come low I.Q. Crazy Mika, along with Psycho Joe, came … to Mar-a-Lago 3 nights in a row around New Year’s Eve, and insisted on joining me. She was bleeding badly from a face-lift. I said no!”
The messages, the absolute most realistic and individual since Trump progressed toward becoming president, were condemned by Republicans who are struggling to push forward Trump’s legislative agenda while the White House is consumed by the Russia probes and self-inflicted dramas.
“Obviously, I don’t see that as an appropriate comment,” House Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday during his weekly press conference, adding, “Look, what we’re trying to do around here is improve the tone, the civility of the debate and this obviously doesn’t help do that.”
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) went further, tweeting, “Mr. President, your tweet was beneath the office and represents what is wrong with American politics, not the greatness of America.”
Graham later revealed to POLITICO that Trump’s affront was “highly inappropriate” regardless of any impact it might have on distracting from the GOP agenda. Asked if the president should apologize, Graham said “I would if I were” Trump.
The tweets resound some of Trump’s assaults from the battlefield, amid which he followed then-Fox News have Megyn Kelly after the main level headed discussion by saying, “You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever.”
In any case, they have taken on a new tenor now that Trump is in the Oval Office, and is trying to pull off big legislative lifts — including an Obamacare rescind bill and expense change bundle — that require message discipline.
White House representative Sarah Huckabee Sanders immediately safeguarded the tweets, clarifying the president pushes back when he feels the criticism toward him is unwarranted.
“Look, I don’t think that the president’s ever been someone who gets attacked and doesn’t push back,” Sanders said on “Fox News” Thursday morning. “There has been an outrageous number of personal attacks, not just to him but frankly everyone around him. … This is a president who fights fire with fire and certainly will not be allowed to be bullied by liberal media or liberal elites in Hollywood or anywhere else.”
Sanders said she by and by has been assaulted on “Morning Joe” on matters that have nothing to do with her beliefs, ideology or policy. “I have seen far worse things [than the tweets] come out of that show,” she said.
Yet, a few Republicans said Trump crossed a line with his vulgar message, and that such commentary does not help the party’s agenda.
Sen. Susan Collins, who is among the Republican holdouts on the social insurance charge, tweeted, “This has to stop – we all have a job – 3 branches of gov’t and media. We don’t have to get along, but we must show respect and civility.”
Following a hearing on U.S. Legislative Hall Police, Republican Sen. James Lankford said in an announcement that the president “should model civility, honor, and respect in our political rhetoric. The President’s tweets today don’t help our political or national discourse and do not provide a positive role model for our national dialogue.”
Republican Sen. Ben Sasse, an incessant Trump pundit, tweeted: “Please simply stop. This isn’t ordinary and it’s underneath the nobility of your office” in appearing reaction.
Popularity based Sen. Brian Schatz responded by noticing, “if anyone on my staff did this they would be fired instantly.”
The “Morning Joe” has have an infamous love-abhor association with the president. Amid the 2016 battle, Trump was a regular bring in visitor to the show and as of late as March, held Scarborough’s advice on matters before addressing Congress. But the MSNBC show has also faced criticism for being too cozy with the administration.
In a Vanity Fair report from May on the co-hosts’ recent engagement, the couple acknowledged meeting with the president more than a week after his inauguration, where Trump purportedly proposed they have their wedding at Mar-a-Lago or the White House. As per Scarborough, Trump even suggested he could be the one to marry them.
Scarborough and Brzezinski have since turned out to be progressively condemning of the president, and Trump has repeatedly attacked them on Twitter, but Thursday’s messages marked a new low.
Brzezinski reacted to Trump not long after his tweets on Thursday with her particular post of a Cheerios box specifying a kid and the trademark “Made For Little Hands” — a seemingly pointed reference to the campaign trail during which Trump’s hand size was often targeted.
MSNBC, in the interim, was immediate and unsparing in its feedback.
“It’s a sad day for America when the president spends his time bullying, lying and spewing petty personal attacks instead of doing his job,” a MSNBC spokesperson said, echoing a similar sentiment from the organization’s spokesman Mark Kornblau, who tweeted that he “never imagined a day when I would think to myself, ‘it is beneath my dignity to respond to the President of the United States.'”
It was not instantly clear what particular remarks set off the Twitter assaults at the beginning of today. However, Brzezinski hit the president toward the beginning of today on “lying … and destroying the country.”
“Nothing makes a man feel better than making a fake cover of a magazine about himself, lying every day and destroying the country,” Brzezinski said about a Washington Post report that charges a manufactured Time magazine cover photograph highlighting Trump is hanging in no less than five of his golf clubs.
On the battle field, the president was frequently censured for his treatment of ladies, most prominently after the notorious “Access Hollywood” tape in which Trump can be heard bragging about sexually assaulting women.
Furthermore, in a strange minute on Tuesday, while on the telephone with Ireland’s new head administrator, Trump called forward an Irish journalist to comment on her smile.
Thursday morning’s tweetstorm likewise fits into Trump’s as of late ventured up campaign against the media in which he has focused on different outlets that he accepts are publishing unfair coverage of his administration.
Trump assaulted The Washington Post on Wednesday, griping that the “fake news” daily paper was shielding Amazon from imposing liabilities with its scope. Delegates for Brzezinski and Scarborough did not immediately respond to requests for comment.