A growing list of congresswomen sharply criticized President Trump on Thursday after he attacked “Morning Joe” co-hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough on Twitter.
Trump lashed out about the looks of Brzezinski in particular.
“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. She was bleeding badly from a face-lift. I said no!” the commander in chief exclaimed.
The stunning tweets provoked the ire of several female leaders from both sides of the aisle, who were quick to call Trump out for behavior that was “not presidential.”
“This is not okay. As a female in politics I am often criticized for my looks. We should be working to empower women,” said Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Kan.
This is not okay. As a female in politics I am often criticized for my looks. We should be working to empower women. https://t.co/sV6WDE0EUD
— Lynn Jenkins (@RepLynnJenkins) June 29, 2017
Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., reportedly called Trump’s tweets “distasteful.”
Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, called for an end to Trump’s rhetoric. Both Collins and Capito are key votes on the controversial Republican health care legislation Trump is hoping to get through the Senate.
“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,” Collins tweeted.
Democratic congresswomen also unloaded on Trump following his attack on Brzezinski.
“This is not okay, Mr. President. Since our President clearly has a problem with women, let’s send more to Congress. Women of America, you need to run!” said Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y.
“When you ridicule a woman for her looks in front of an online audience in the millions, that is called
#CyberBullying. Absolutely not OK,” said Rep. Terri Sewell, D-Ala.
Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, D-Calif., called the tweets “vile,” “despicable” and “disgraceful.”
“Two years ago this week, President Obama sang ‘Amazing Grace.’ Today, we have a president who’s amazingly graceless. These tweets are vile,” said Roybal-Allard.
“Responding to criticism w/ personal insults is not presidential. It’s not even adult. POTUS must grow up, put the phone down, get to work,” said Rep. Judy Chu, D-Calif.
“Bullying women for how they look is insulting & damages the integrity of the office you hold,” said Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill.
“I wish @realDonaldTrump would focus more on improving #WomensHealth and less on their appearance. #TheyGoLowWeGoHigh,” said Rep. Nita Lowey, D-N.Y.
Seriously? 1 week after calling for civility? Bullying women for how they look is insulting & damages the integrity of the office you hold. https://t.co/F6dhUUU9bc
— Rep. Cheri Bustos (@RepCheri) June 29, 2017
Responding to criticism w/ personal insults is not presidential. It's not even adult. POTUS must grow up, put the phone down, get to work https://t.co/A0EyebGSEb
— Judy Chu (@RepJudyChu) June 29, 2017
— Nita Lowey (@NitaLowey) June 29, 2017
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