Saturday, 1 July 2017
Donald Trump's Twitter tirade against journalist Mika Brzezinski draws strong criticism from Republicans
US President Donald Trump launched a crude Twitter attack on the brains, looks and temperament of a female TV personality on Thursday, drawing strong criticism including from senior Republicans.
Mr Trump's tweets, aimed at co-host of MSNBC's Morning Joe Mika Brzezinski revived concerns about his views of women in a climate where civility is already in short supply and he is struggling for any support he can get for his proposals on health care, immigration and other controversial issues.
The Republican President called Brzezinski — a journalist and daughter of former White House national security advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski — "low IQ Crazy Mika" and said she was "bleeding badly from a face-lift" when she visited one of his properties around New Year's Eve.
He referred to Brzezinski's co-host, former Republican US congressman Joe Scarborough, as "Psycho Joe".
Mr Trump is known for his prolific Twitter habit, which includes mocking attacks on critics and rivals, but his tweets on Thursday drew a particularly strong response.
"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," MSNBC's communications office said on Twitter.
Republican lawmakers and others sharply rebuked Mr Trump.
The tweets "represent what is wrong with American politics, not the greatness of America," said Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, while another Republican senator, Ben Sasse, called Mr Trump's remarks, "beneath the dignity of your office".
"I don't see that as an appropriate comment," Republican House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan said of Mr Trump's tweets.
The Morning Joe program aired live telephone interviews with Mr Trump during the 2016 presidential race, but its hosts have turned increasingly critical of him since he took office in January
.On Thursday morning's show, Brzezinski excoriated the Trump administration and said its officials should not act "lobotomised" because they are so scared of the President.
Scarborough and Brzezinksi are engaged to be married. During the January meeting at Mr Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida, the President offered to host their wedding and even officiate it, the two said in an interview in Vanity Fair published in May.
The White House said Mr Trump did not go too far in the tweets.
"I don't think that the President has ever been someone that gets attacked and doesn't push back," White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders told Fox News Channel.
"People on that show have personally attacked him many times," she added
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