Following a tweet storm Thursday morning in which President Trump criticized the hosts of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe”– including comments about female host Mika Brzezinski’s appearance, Republican lawmakers are speaking out.
Mr. Trump labeled Brzezinski “low I.Q.” and her co-host/fiance Joe Scarborough “Psycho.” He went on to say that the two came to his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida three nights in a row around New Year’s Eve, but he refused to join their company because of Brzezinki’s “face-lift.”
“She was bleeding badly from a face-lift. I said no!” Mr. Trump tweeted Thursday morning.
The tweets have been met with condemnation and outrage from the left, while members of his own party have voiced disgust with Mr. Trump.
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, speaking at a press conference on Thursday, said the tweet “was not an appropriate comment.”
Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) tweeted, “Americans agree we must work to build a better politics in our country; free of personal attacks & vitriol. Leaders must set the example.”
He went on to say:
Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) echoed Rep. Curbelo’s sentiment — referencing the shooting of Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) earlier this month and the role vitriolic political rhetoric played in that tragic event.
Maine Senator Susan Collins said this type of behavior “has to stop.”
Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-KS) called Mr. Trump’s tweet “not okay.”
Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse, who previously called Mr. Trump’s alleged sharing of classified information with the Russians “weird”, said simply: “Please just stop.”
South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, who said he wasn’t going to vote for Mr. Trump in the 2016 election, called the tweet “beneath the office” of the President.
Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) offered lukewarm condemnation of the tweet.
Alaskan Senator Lisa Murkowski joined the chorus of those disappointed by Mr. Trump and even directed her own tweet at the President:
Former presidential candidate Jeb Bush weighed in:
Even conservative commentator, radio host and Fox News contributor Laura Ingraham, who has been rumored to be a possible replacement for White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, called on Mr. Trump and his team to cut it out and stay on message.