President Donald Trump launched a deeply personal attack on Morning Joe cohosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough Thursday morning.
“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,” Trump tweeted. “She was bleeding badly from a face-lift. I said no!”
Trump’s tweets came after Scarborough and Brezinski spent part of their 8 o’clock hour mocking Trump — his ego and, as Brezinski said with a squeak, his “teensie” hands — for hanging fake TIME covers of himself in his golf clubs. Also, Brezinski added, for “lying every day and destroying the country.”
Brzezinski, daughter of esteemed diplomat Zbigniew Brzezinski, was quick to respond to Trump’s tweets on Thursday. She shared a photo of a Cheerios box with the headline “Made for Little Hands.”
Trump has had a long-simmering feud with Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter, who infamously called Trump “a short-fingered vulgarian” in a 1988 article in Spy magazine. In November 2015, Carter revealed that, for the last 25 years, Trump had been sending him pictures of his hands to prove his fingers are properly proportioned.
First lady Melania Trump also weighed in on the controversy, telling CNN through a spokesperson: “When her husband gets attacked, he will punch back 10 times harder.”
Brzezinski is an alumna of Williams College, where she transferred from Georgetown University after her first two years of college, according to an interview the host did with her alma mater. The Massachusetts school boasts an 18 percent acceptance rate and is ranked No. 1 in National Liberal Arts Colleges, according to U.S. News. Brzezinski also serves as a visiting fellow at the Harvard Institute of Politics.
Her father served as foreign affairs adviser to Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson before becoming President Jimmy Carter’s principal foreign policy adviser during his 1976 campaign and his national security adviser from 1977-1981.
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The duo made headlines over the New Year’s holiday after a New York Times reporter spotted them at Mar-a-Lago chatting with Trump outside his club’s New Year’s Eve party. Later, after a different Times reporter tweeted that the MSNBC hosts had “partied” with Trump, Scarborough forcefully fought back.
In a series of strongly worded tweets, Scarborough said he and Brzezinski were at Mar-a-Lago to try and secure an interview with the president-elect.
“The event was black tie. Both Mika and I were in casual clothes, did not attend the party, and left before any “partying” began,” he wrote.
“Nothing that Mika and I did in setting up this meeting was any different than what all good reporters and news hosts try to do daily,” he also said.
Scarborough subtly responded to Trump’s Twitter rant on Thursday by retweeting several pointed comments from fellow journalists, historians and intellectuals.
“Never imagined a day when I would think to myself, “it is beneath my dignity to respond to the President of the United States,” wrote Mark Kornblau, senior VP of communications for NBCUniversal News Group, in a message Scarborough retweeted.
DNC deputy communications director Adrienne Watson also called the tweets “bullying” and part of “Trump’s long pattern of making demeaning, sexist and discriminatory comments about the women who take him on.”
“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,” Watson said.