President Donald Trump took to Twitter to mock Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski of MSNBC's "Morning Joe," calling Scarborough "psycho" and remarking that Brzezinski was "bleeding from a face-lift" the last time he saw her.
"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 to Mar-a-Lago 3 nights in a row around New Year's Eve, and insisted on joining me," Trump tweeted on June 29. "She was bleeding badly from a face-lift. I said no!"
In response to Trump's comments, Brzezinski tweeted an image of a Cheerios box with the slogan: "Made For Little Hands."
Jokes about the size of the president's hands date back to the 1980s, when Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter described Trump as a "short-fingered vulgarian."
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"Just to drive him a little bit crazy, I took to referring to him as a 'short-fingered vulgarian' in the pages of Spy magazine," Carter said in 2015, according to The Hill. "That was more than a quarter of a century ago."
Carter added that Trump responded at the time with pictures demonstrating the length of his fingers.
It is not clear what provoked the president to go on the offensive against the MSNBC hosts. The Hollywood Reporter said that on June 27, Scarborough sent out a tweet in which he expressed support for CNN, comparing the network favorably in comparison to the president.
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"CNN has more integrity on its worst day than Donald Trump has on his best," Scarborough wrote.
The tweet was in reference to the resignation of three CNN employees following the publication of a story inaccurately alleging that a member of Trump's transition team held inappropriate meetings with the head of a Russian investment fund.
The piece was later retracted and CNN offered an apology, according to Politico.
"On Friday, CNN retracted a story published by my team. As Executive Editor of that team, I have resigned," executive editor Lex Haris said in a statement. "I've been with CNN since 2001, and am sure about one thing: This is a news organization that prizes accuracy and fairness above all else. I am leaving, but will carry those principles wherever I go."
Trump was quick to draw attention to the story, tweeting on June 27: "Wow, CNN had to retract big story on 'Russia,' with 3 employees forced to resign. What about all the other phony stories they do? FAKE NEWS!"