Melania Trump is defending her husband after he posted controversial comments on social media aimed at MSNBC’s "Morning Joe" co-host Mika Brzezinski.
President Donald Trump once again outraged many people across the country on June 29 when he referred to Brzezinski as "low I.Q. Crazy Mika" on Twitter, Heatstreet reports.
"I heard poorly rated ['Morning Joe'] speaks badly of me (don't watch anymore)," the president tweeted. "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," he continued in a second tweet. "She was bleeding badly from a face-lift. I said no!"
Despite Melania Trump's vow to fight cyber bullying, the first lady stood by her husband.
"As the first lady has stated publicly in the past, when her husband gets attacked, he will punch back 10 times harder," a statement from the first lady’s spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said.
When specifically asked how her husband's remarks conflicted with her promise to fight bullying, the first lady remained undeterred.
"[Melania is] continuing to be thoughtful about her platform," Grisham responded.
At the same time, the White House also defended Trump's comments.
"This is a president who fights fire with fire," said deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, adding that Trump refuses to be "bullied," CNN reports.
While Melania and Sanders have stood behind Trump, some of the president's political allies have spoken out against his remarks.
"Obviously, I don’t see that as an appropriate comment," said the House Speaker, Republican Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, The Washington Post reports. "What we’re trying to do around here is improve the civility and tone of the debate, and this obviously does not do that."
Other conservative politicians expressed similar sentiments.
"Mr. President, your tweet was beneath the office and represents what is wrong with American politics, not the greatness of America," tweeted Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.
Even Trump-friendly Fox News host Megan McCain was appalled.
"I do not think making fun of a woman's looks is acceptable," she tweeted. "I get it every day of my life. I think that tweet is cruel -- and unpresidential."
Meanwhile, various other media outlets are up in arms, calling the remarks sexist.
"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," responded MSNBC.
"This is bullying, plain and simple," writes Chris Cillizza, CNN's editor-at-large. "And, it's bullying by a powerful man against a woman because of her looks. He also attacked her intelligence and her sanity. Condemning Trump for this should not be a political decision. It should be a moral one."
Sources: Heatstreet, The Washington Post (2), CNN (2), Meghan McCain/Twitter / Photo Credit: U.S. Army Sgt. Kalie Jones/Wikimedia Commons, World Affairs Council of Philadelphia/Flickr, U.S. Department of State/Flickr