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Trump Goes After ‘Morning Joe’ Co-Hosts Brzezinski, Scarborough

President alleges he declined Mar-a-Lago meeting because Brzezinki was ‘bleeding badly from a face-lift’

President Donald Trump appears with “Morning Joe” hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski at a town hall in South Carolina in 2015. (MSNBC)
President Donald Trump appears with “Morning Joe” hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski at a town hall in South Carolina in 2015. (MSNBC)

In another remarkable tweet, President Donald Trump launched a personal attack Thursday morning on the co-hosts of MSNBC’s morning talk show “Morning Joe.”

Trump has been harshly critical of the media since even before he took office, but he has mostly kept his complaints about the “fake news” to gripes about networks or newspapers. Rarely has he called out media figures by name.

That changed in a dramatic way on Thursday, as Trump lashed out at Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough.

The president tweeted that he has “heard” that “poorly rated @Morning_Joe speaks badly of me (don’t watch anymore).” That’s when Trump got personal.

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He asked rhetorically over two tweets if the show thinks so poorly of him, “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.” But the bombastic president was not finished, going right after Brzezinski.

He claims she was “bleeding badly from a face-lift,” which the president claims led him to decline a meeting with the now-engaged television hosts.

Brzeznski shot back a few minutes later on Twitter by bringing up a soft spot for Trump that dates back to the presidential campaign: the size of his hands.

As did NBCUniversal News Group PR chief Mark Kornblau:

It marked the second time this week that the White House has lambasted specific media outlets, with Trump’s strike on MSNBC’s morning show following a Tuesday broadside by his No. 2 spokesperson on CNN — even urging reporters to watch a video about an Atlanta-based producer that principal deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders acknowledged the White House could not verify as accurate.

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Sanders’ comments caused an angry reaction from a Playboy magazine reporter during the on-camera briefing. Trump’s set Twitter on fire. Both stepped on the White House’s push for a Senate health overhaul bill and drowned out its latest theme week, this time energy policy.

Trump’s Thursday tweets caused two Republican senators to suggest that he had crossed a line.

The Democratic National Committee said Trump’s missive continued to show “he has no regard for women.

“Trump’s bullying tweets are an attack on women everywhere. Trump has a long pattern of making demeaning, sexist and discriminatory comments about the women who take him on. The fact that they happen frequently doesn’t make them okay. From his Twitter slurs to his policies, we have a president who continues to show us he has no regard for women and whose comments demean the office he holds.”

Other reaction on Twitter was swift and sometimes biting and usually snarky.