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Forget ethics and laws - America is appalled by the inappropriateness of Trump’s Twitter tantrums

Strong criticism from senior Republicans

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WASHINGTON, U.S. - Trump’s latest Twitter tirade has created a stir across the country and has his own Republican party turning against him.

On Thursday morning, the U.S. President launched a crude Twitter attack on the brains, looks and temperament of a female TV personality, which led to strong criticism, including from senior Republicans.

Trump's tweets were aimed at co-host of MSNBC's Morning Joe Mika Brzezinski, daughter of former White House national security advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski, whom Trump called "low IQ Crazy Mika" adding that she was "bleeding badly from a face-lift" when she visited one of his properties around New Year's Eve.

Trump also referred to Brzezinski's co-host, former Republican U.S. congressman Joe Scarborough, as "Psycho Joe.”

Interestingly, Scarborough and Brzezinksi, who are engaged to be married, were made an offer by the President to host their wedding and even officiate it during the January meeting at Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida.

The duo had made the revelation in an interview in Vanity Fair published in May.

Known for his prolific Twitter behavior, usually involving mocking attacks on critics and rivals, Trump revived concerns about his views of women even as he continues to struggle for support for his proposals on health care, immigration and other controversial issues.

Lists of Trump’s tweets, involving personal and often derogatory attacks on people go into pages and pages, with some broadsheet American newspapers even publishing them on front pages of their publications - however, his tweets on Thursday drew a particularly strong response.

MSNBC's communications office said on Twitter, "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.”

Republican lawmakers and others too sharply rebuked Trump for his comments.

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said the tweets "represent what is wrong with American politics, not the greatness of America," while another Republican senator, Ben Sasse, called Trump's remarks, "beneath the dignity of your office.”

Meanwhile, Republican House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan commented, "I don't see that as an appropriate comment.”

Even though the ‘Morning Joe’ program aired live telephone interviews with Trump during the highly controversial 2016 presidential race, its hosts have turned increasingly critical of of the President ever since he took office in January. 

On Thursday morning's show, Brzezinski criticized the Trump administration and said its officials should not act "lobotomised" because they are so scared of the President.

And the Twitter outburst at Trump’s tweets was even more explosive. There were more than four hashtags related to Trump tweets, that were trending for hours, drawing in criticism from all quarters. 

However, Trump unleashed a wave of new accusations of sexism and cyberbullying.

His two-part tweet, that read, “I heard poorly rated @Morning_Joe speaks badly of me (don't watch anymore). Then 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 first part of the tweet was retweeted 18,030 times and liked 63,136 times - while the second part of the tweet was retweeted 17,214 times and liked 60,345 times.

Meanwhile, in an effort to defend the President, the White House seemed to have caused more damage.

White House deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders launched a spirited defense of the President’s tweets - claiming that Trump did not go too far in the tweets.

Sanders said, "I don't think that the President has ever been someone that gets attacked and doesn't push back. People on that show have personally attacked him many times. This is a President who fights fire with fire and certainly will not be allowed to be bullied by liberal media and the liberal elites within the media, or Hollywood or anywhere else."

She added, “The President in no way form or fashion has ever promoted or encouraged violence. He was simply pushing back and defending himself. I think the President would love for us all to focus on the legislative agenda a whole lot more."

Even FLOTUS Melania Trump, who announced in the days before the presidential election that she would embark on a children-focused, anti-cyberbullying campaign as first lady, defended her husband’s words through a spokeswoman.

Stephanie Grisham said in a statement, “The first lady has stated publicly in the past, when her husband gets attacked, he will punch back 10 times harder.”

A Twitter spokesperson, when questioned by The Hill about whether Trump’s tweets were in violation of Twitter’s anti-harassment policy, the spokesperson said, “We don’t comment on individual accounts, for privacy and security reasons.”

Twitter’s anti-harassment policy states that users “may not incite or engage in the targeted abuse or harassment of others.”

The remarks drew out the long and troubling history of Trump’s comments against women, as a former reality TV star.

Meanwhile, Democrats condemned Trump's tweets as an example of what they view as his sexism.

Democratic National Committee spokesperson Adrienne Watson said, “Trump's bullying tweets are an attack on women everywhere.”

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