MSNBC hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski have fired back at President Donald Trump after he took to Twitter to insult them and their show.
Scarborough and Brzezinski responded to the president's Twitter attack in a Washington Post op-ed, the Daily Mail reported. In the op-ed, they questioned Trump's mental health and said he was obsessed with the show:
The president’s unhealthy obsession with our show has been in the public record for months, and we are seldom surprised by his posting nasty tweets about us. During the campaign, the Republican nominee called Mika 'neurotic' and promised to attack us personally after the campaign ended. This year, top White House staff members warned that the National Enquirer was planning to publish a negative article about us unless we begged the president to have the story spiked. We ignored their desperate pleas.
The president’s unhealthy obsession with 'Morning Joe' does not serve the best interests of either his mental state or the country he runs. Despite his constant claims that he no longer watches the show, the president’s closest advisers tell us otherwise. That is unfortunate. We believe it would be better for America and the rest of the world if he would keep his 60-inch-plus flat-screen TV tuned to 'Fox & Friends.'
The op-ed was in response to Trump's June 29 tweets, in which the president called the hosts names and claimed Brzezinski was bleeding from a face lift at his Mar-a-Lago estate.
"I heard poorly rated [Morning Joe] speaks badly of me (don't watch anymore)," Trump wrote. "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. She was bleeding badly from a face-lift. I said no!"
But the couple said Trump invited them to dinner.
"Mr. Trump claims that we asked to join him at Mar-a-Lago three nights in a row. That is false. He also claimed that he refused to see us. That is laughable," the op-ed read. "The president-elect invited us both to dinner on Dec. 30. Joe attended because Mika did not want to go. After listening to the president-elect talk about his foreign policy plans, Joe was asked by a disappointed Mr. Trump the next day if Mika could also visit Mar-a-Lago that night. She reluctantly agreed to go.
"After we arrived, the president-elect pulled us into his family’s living quarters with his wife, Melania, where we had a pleasant conversation. We politely declined his repeated invitations to attend a New Year’s Eve party, and we were back in our car within 15 minutes."
The op-ed also mentioned the president's claims that Brzezinski was bleeding from a face lift, calling it a "lie."
"Putting aside Mr. Trump’s never-ending obsession with women’s blood, Mika and her face were perfectly intact, as pictures from that night reveal," the op-ed continued. "And though it is no one’s business, the president’s petulant personal attack against yet another woman’s looks compels us to report that Mika has never had a face-lift. If she had, it would be evident to anyone watching 'Morning Joe' on their high-definition TV."
"She did have a little skin under her chin tweaked, but this was hardly a state secret," they admitted. "Her mother suggested she do so, and all those around her were aware of this mundane fact."
The couple stopped by the "Morning Joe" show on June 30 to speak more on Trump's Twitter tirade.
"He appears to have a fragile, impetuous childlike ego," Brzezinski said. "He’s so easily played by a cable news host. Now what does that say to our allies? What does that say to our enemies?"
Trump wasted no time responding on Twitter.
"Watched low rated [Morning Joe] for first time in long time. FAKE NEWS," the president tweeted. "He called me to stop a National Enquirer article. I said no! Bad show."