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Shocked and exasperated, America reacts to Trump’s Morning Joe tweets

Crude Twitter attack on the brains

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WASHINGTON, U.S. - A day after U.S. President Donald Trump shocked the world with comments that were criticized as being sexist and shocking, more reactions followed.

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.”

Following the President’s controversial statement, the Morning Joe co-host spoke out about the whole ordeal.

The MSNBC journalist wrote an op-ed in The Washington Post with her fiance and co-host Joe Scarborough titled "Donald Trump is not well."

In the op-ed, the couple wrote, "President Trump launched personal attacks against us Thursday, but our concerns about his unmoored behavior go far beyond the personal. America's leaders and allies are asking themselves yet again whether this man is fit to be president. We have our doubts, but we are both certain that the man is not mentally equipped to continue watching our show, 'Morning Joe.'"

Brzezinski and Scarborough revealed in their Post op-ed that top White House aides warned them The National Enquirer planned to publish a negative article about them unless they called Trump and apologized for criticizing him on Morning Joe. 

The outlet meanwhile has denied any knowledge of the alleged conversation between the hosts and the White House.

The president, on his part, further fueled the controversy by tweeting on Friday that Scarborough had allegedly called him "to stop a National Enquirer article," but didn't provide any more details.

Trump’s tweet said, “Watched low rated @Morning_Joe for first time in long time. FAKE NEWS. He called me to stop a National Enquirer article. I said no! Bad show.”

Scarborough responded, “Yet another lie. I have texts from your top aides and phone records. Also, those records show I haven’t spoken with you in many months. Why do you keep lying about things that are so easily disproven? What is wrong with you?”

Brzezinski also discussed the incident on Morning Joe’s Friday edition and gave an exclusive interview to Vanity Fair.

During their show, Brzezinski and Scarborough discussed the tweets at length and what they thought the posts reveal about President Trump.

She said, “I’m fine. My family brought me up really tough. This is absolutely nothing for me personally. But I am very concerned about what this once again reveals about the president of the United States. It’s strange. It does worry me about the country."

Brzezinski said Trump's behavior was "frightening and really sad for our country."

Scarborough said the president has a "disturbing obsession with Mika."

"He attacks women because he fears women," he added.

Meanwhile, one of their guests, advertising executive Donny Deutsch, said the president is "not of sound mind."

Further, the day after the tweet, even rival networks stood in support for the couple, after top Republicans including the House Speaker Paul Ryan, Sen. Lindsey Graham, and Sen. Lisa Murkowski condemned Trump’s shocking and personal comments.

In her column "Who Likes Trump's Tweets and Why” in The New York Times, gender issues senior correspondent and editor, Susan Chira explored the reasons behind the president's sexist actions and how it's perceived by his base.

Christine Matthews, a Republican strategist and president of Bellwether Research was quoted in Chira’s column as saying, “He can’t stand to be criticized, especially by a woman, and he can’t stop himself from lashing out. There is no strategic audience he is winking and nodding to. However there is a segment of his base that enjoys his political incorrectness — even at this extreme — and I would say his misogyny. They are not the majority of his supporters, but they are his most fervent."

Further, on "Happening Now," Howard Kurtz said Trump has had a great legislative week, but he has an "uncanny ability to step on his own story."

Kurtz noted, “Even his own allies acknowledge that.”

Meanwhile, Heather Childers pointed out that CBS Evening News covered the tweets for two minutes and 34 seconds and they only covered the travel ban for 20 seconds, while they completely ignored the House passing Kate's Law and a sanctuary city bill.

Celebrities too reacted to Trump‘s feud with Brzezinski and Scarborough on Friday.

TV host Jedediah Bila tweeted, “Call me crazy, but I’m bored by a twitter fight between Trump and cable news personalities. Health care? Immigration? Jobs? K thanks.” 

Andy Cohen meanwhile said of Trump’s new tweet, “HOUSEWIVES PLAYBOOK: always take the bait.”

Patton Oswalt meanwhile tweeted he was upset by the claims of National Enquirer reporters following Brzezinski and her kids, as well as the allegation about White House aides blackmailing Scarborough. 

He wrote, “Oh God. This is flat-out thug behavior by our President. Disgusting.” 

Responding to Scarborough asking Trump why he keeps lying, Chris Evans wrote, “Because his supporters don’t care about integrity, let alone proof. And the GOP is too spineless to rock the boat. And he knows it.”

Meanwhile, Trump’s daughter, Ivanka Trump drew some flak for her father’s comments on Friday after the Twitterati urged her to react to her father’s sexist tweet. 

Twitter recalled Ivanka’s insistence that her father respects women, putting her support for Donald Trump’s alleged respect for women into the context of his tweet.

This is not the first time Trump has badmouthed Brzezinski, neither is she the only female journalist that Trump has attacked. 

In August last year, Trump tweeted Brzezinski was a “neurotic and not very bright mess.”

In an interview with Vanity Fair, Brzezinski later said that Trump had apologized for those statements last year.

He also had a previous spat with journalist Megyn Kelly when Trump referred to "blood coming out of her wherever", implying she was on her period and this was affecting her work.


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