President Donald Trump has drawn widespread backlash after ridiculing MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski's intelligence and physical appearance. The president's social media missives have drawn condemnations from media personalities and political figures alike.
On June 29, Trump took to social media to blast Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough, the engaged co-hosts of MSNBC's "Morning Joe."
"I heard poorly rated [Morning Joe] speaks badly of me (don't watch anymore)," Trump tweeted out. "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!"
The president was reportedly responding to the morning show’s latest segment, when Brzezinski criticized the president for allegedly installing fabricated TIME magazine covers featuring his face in several of his golf courses.
"Nothing makes a man feel better than making a fake cover of a magazine about himself lying every day and destroying the country," Brzezinski said.
Trump's social media director, Dan Scavino, has commented on the segment shortly before the president, according to Business Insider.
"[Dumb As a Rock Mika] and lover [Jealous Joe] are lost, confused and saddened since [Donald Trump] stopped returning their calls!" Scavino tweeted out. "Unhinged."
The president's tweet drew swift and fierce criticism from both sides of the political aisle, with several GOP lawmakers blasting his comments, The Washington Post reports.
"Mr. President, your tweet was beneath the office and represents what is wrong with American politics, not the greatness of America," tweeted out Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.
"Please just stop," Republican Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska tweeted. "This isn't normal and it's beneath the dignity of your office."
Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine tweeted "This has to stop -- we all have a job -- 3 branches of gov't and media. We don't have to get along, but we must show respect and civility."
"This is not okay," tweeted Republican Rep. Lynn Jenkins of Kansas. "As a female in politics I am often criticized for my looks. We should be working to empower women."
Democrats were also fierce in their condemnation of the president's comments.
"Responding to criticism w/ personal insults is not presidential," Democratic Rep. Judy Chu of California tweeted. "It's not even adult. POTUS must grow up, put the phone down, get to work."
"Vile," tweeted Democratic Rep. Dan Kildee of Michigan. "Sexist. Petty. Shameful. Unhinged. America deserves better."
Democratic Rep. David Cicilline of Rhode Island tweeted "If anyone can tell me how these sexist attacks are going to create jobs or make health care better, let me know."
MSNBC released an official statement asserting "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."
MSNBC spokesman Mark Kornblau tweeted "Never imagined a day when I would think to myself, 'it is beneath my dignity to respond to the President of the United States.'"
The House Speaker, Republican Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, noted during his weekly press conference his disapproval of the president's tweets, Politico reports.
"Obviously, I don't see that as an appropriate comment," Ryan said. "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."
White House deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders defended the president's comments, asserting that it was presidential to respond to criticism.
"This is a president who fights fire with fire and certainly will not be allowed to be bullied by liberal media or liberal elites in Hollywood or anywhere else," Sanders told Fox News.