Multiple Republican lawmakers on Thursday condemned President Trump’s tweets mocking Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, the hosts of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” earlier that morning.
“Obviously, I don’t see that as an appropriate comment,” House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) said Thursday during his weekly press conference, according to Politico.
“Look, what we’re trying to do around here is improve the tone, the civility of the debate, and this obviously doesn’t help do that,” he added.
Rep, Lynn Jenkins (R-KS) tweeted that Trump’s remarks are “not okay,” adding that they bother her as a woman.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who competed against Trump for the GOP’s 2016 presidential nomination, said the president’s tweet was “beneath the office” of the presidency.
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
Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) urged Trump to halt such Twitter attacks, adding that they seem unusual for a president.
Please just stop. This isn't normal and it's beneath the dignity of your office.— Ben Sasse (@BenSasse) June 29, 2017
Trump earlier Thursday lashed out at Brzezinski and Scarborough on Twitter, suggesting the former was “bleeding badly from a face-lift” when he saw her last year at his Florida resort.
...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!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 29, 2017
MSNBC on Thursday reportedly issued a statement criticizing Trump’s personal attacks against two of its hosts.
“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,” a spokesperson said.
Brzezinski earlier Thursday derided Trump over reports the president has a fabricated Time magazine cover photo of himself hanging in at least five of his golf clubs.
“Nothing makes a man feel better than making a fake cover of a magazine about himself, lying every day and destroying the country,” she said.
Trump frequently attacks media coverage of his presidency, calling reports he finds biased or unfair “fake news."