The White House is standing behind President Trump’s insult to MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski Thursday as an example of his willingness to hit back at critics.
In a Thursday morning two-part tweet, Trump said “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..,” he continues, “…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!”
Trump’s comments were widely criticized by Democrats and Republicans, and called unbecoming to the office of the president. Even so, the White House is standing behind Trump.
“I don’t think that the president has ever been someone who gets attacked and doesn’t push back,” deputy press secretary Sarah Sanders said on Fox News Thursday.
“There have been an outrageous number of personal attacks, not just to him but everyone around him. … This is a president who fights fire with fire, and certainly will not be bullied by liberal elites,” declared Sanders.
According to the Washington Examiner, “Morning Joe was once a friendly place for Trump, a show that he regularly called into in order to give her personal take on the news of the day before he ran for office. When he declared that he was running for president, he was a frequent presence on the show and had a friendly relationship with both Brzezinski and Scarborough.”
As Trump’s campaign proceeded and became successful, the hosts became increasingly critical.
Since Trump’s inauguration, anti-Trump rhetoric has become even more pervasive on the show with Brzezinski speculating that the president was “mentally ill.”
Sanders contended that such remarks paved the way for Trump’s comments on Thursday.
“I’ve seen far worse things come out of that show, directed not just at the president but at everyone around him,” she said. “The president isn’t going to be someone who’s bullied and allows people around him and himself to be personally attacked.”
Brzezinski responded to Trump’s insults by tweeting a picture aimed at deriding Trump’s hands, which the mainstream media have claimed are unusually small.
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