Ladies and gentlemen, I regret to inform you that the President of the United States is a giant fucking baby.
Honestly, it’s getting harder and harder to explain this any other way. Yes, he’s a misogynist, and yes, he’s got thin skin, and yes, he is so monumentally incompetent he accidentally blurts top secret information to Russia.
But Donald J. Trump is also just the presidential equivalent of the kid who doesn’t like the other kids and so decided to break their goddamn blocks.
On Thursday morning, Trump decided to go after ‘Morning Joe‘ hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough, and honestly it was a new low. (And this from the instigator of the ‘birther’ movement.)
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..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 29, 2017
…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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 29, 2017
It’s not clear what slight triggered the President of the United States. He tweeted just as ‘Morning Joe’ went to air at 9am EST, and topics included Trump’s tweeting habits, but given that Twitter is his #1 method of communication, it’d be weird if the media ignored it.
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In January, when they went to visit Donald Trump in the White House just a little more than a week after his inauguration, Scarborough and Brzezinski sat down for lunch with the president, Ivanka Trump, and Jared Kushner, ostensibly to talk to their longtime friend about his first week in office and issues related to women. Once the fish and scalloped potatoes had been served, and special sauces delivered directly to Trump were placed on the table, the couple said that the president came up with an idea: If they planned on getting married, they should consider doing so at Mar-a-Lago or the White House, they recalled. “That’s when Jared interrupted and said, ‘Hey, you know what? I’ve got my license. I could marry you,’” Scarborough said. (A White House spokeswoman had no comment.)
According to Scarborough, that’s when Trump snapped from the end of the table, saying: “Why would you marry them? They could have the President of the United States marry them.”
I asked them if they would consider the offer now that they are engaged. “The White House that I grew up in was an amazing place. If it weren’t Trump, it might be something to think about,” Brzezinski said. “The mental picture is just fascinating, but the reality is just . . . no. No, no, no, no, no.”
Trump’s latest tirade is being slammed by even Republican lawmakers. When asked to comment on the tweets during a House Republicans news conference, House Speaker Paul Ryan said: “Obviously I don’t see that as an appropriate comment. What we’re trying to do around here is improve the tone, the civility of the debate. And this obviously doesn’t help that.”
Mr. President, your tweet was beneath the office and represents what is wrong with American politics, not the greatness of America.
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) June 29, 2017
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
@POTUS, do you want to be remembered for your tweets or your accomplishments?
— Sen. Lisa Murkowski (@lisamurkowski) June 29, 2017
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.
— Sen. Susan Collins (@SenatorCollins) June 29, 2017
Please just stop. This isn’t normal and it’s beneath the dignity of your office.
— Ben Sasse (@BenSasse) June 29, 2017
Of course, the criticism hasn’t stopped with just the Republican party.
I want my GOP colleagues to explain to my 3 granddaughters why they think these viciously sexist comments are acceptable from our President. https://t.co/C0C4GJaYks
— Rep. Barbara Lee (@RepBarbaraLee) June 29, 2017
If you can’t stifle the press, then you attack them personally. Today’s tweets from Donald Trump are unpresidential and warrant an apology.
— Ed Markey (@SenMarkey) June 29, 2017
‘Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.’ Abraham Lincoln pic.twitter.com/vkJnlXbnXg
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 29, 2017
Deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders defend the comments on Fox News (naturally), explaining that Trump was merely responding to the “outrageous attacks that take place” on ‘Morning Joe’ and other shows, and that he refuses to be “bullied”.
“This is a president who fights fire with fire,” she said. Pardon me while I vomit.
Scarborough and Brzezinski have both responded in their own ways. Scarborough has retweeted the following…
George Washington wrote John Adams in 1789 that a President of the United States must “maintain the dignity of Office.”
— Michael Beschloss (@BeschlossDC) June 29, 2017
Never imagined a day when I would think to myself, “it is beneath my dignity to respond to the President of the United States.”
— Mark Kornblau (@MarkKornblau) June 29, 2017
…and Brzezinski simply tweeted a pointed “made for little hands” jibe. Nice.
— Mika Brzezinski (@morningmika) June 29, 2017
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