Just when you thought Donald Trump couldn't go lower, on Thursday morning, the President of the United States tweeted that Morning Joe cohost Mika Brzezinski was "bleeding badly from a face-lift." He also called her "low IQ" and "crazy." Trump's tweets, which were posted after a Morning Joe segment that was critical of him, accused her and cohost Joe Scarborough of "insisting" on joining him at Mar-a-Lago on New Year's Eve.
Many Republican officials and right-leaning pundits took issue with the tweets, calling them beneath the dignity of Trump's office.
Mr. President, your tweet was beneath the office and represents what is wrong with American politics, not the greatness of America.- Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) June 29, 2017
Please just stop. This isn't normal and it's beneath the dignity of your office.- Ben Sasse (@BenSasse) June 29, 2017
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.- Sen. Susan Collins (@SenatorCollins) June 29, 2017
This is not okay. As a female in politics I am often criticized for my looks. We should be working to empower women. https://t.co/sV6WDE0EUD- Lynn Jenkins (@RepLynnJenkins) June 29, 2017
I do not think making fun of a woman's looks is acceptable. I get it every day of my life. I think that tweet is cruel - and unpresidential- Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) June 29, 2017
I would make the argument that America loses in all this. https://t.co/WFcPe6N7zq- Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) June 29, 2017
Sen McCain on Trump's Tweets: "I'm just embarrassed--embarrassed isn't the right word--I just regret it."- Frank Thorp V (@frankthorp) June 29, 2017
Inappropriate. Undignified. Unpresidential. https://t.co/6iZFIfA5Hn- Jeb Bush (@JebBush) June 29, 2017
On the President's tweets this morning → pic.twitter.com/tJJqsV8KCb- Sen. James Lankford (@SenatorLankford) June 29, 2017
Sen. @OrrinHatch not a fan of today's POTUS missives but ok w/ tweeting habit overall: "Every once in awhile you get a dipsy-doodle!"- Kayla Tausche (@kaylatausche) June 29, 2017
Please explain how the president of the United States can be "bullied" by the hosts of what he says it is a low-rated cable TV show? Absurd. https://t.co/3EB9XMKUgY- Brit Hume (@brithume) June 29, 2017
His Tweets make his critics more visible and they diminish him. It's punching down and it's a mug's game. https://t.co/B8wc1dBoDb- Brit Hume (@brithume) June 29, 2017
Not everyone agreed. Fox News' Sean Hannity said Joe and Mika were "kissing [Trump's] ass" at Mar-a-Lago. And the communications director for Melania Trump-who is working on an anti-bullying initiative-said, "As the First Lady has stated publicly...when her husband gets attacked, he will punch back 10 times harder."
Of course, the best response came from Mika herself, who said it all with just one tweet:
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