by Countable | 6.29.17
In a particularly graphic personal attack, President Trump Thursday morning went after Mika Brzezinski of MSNBC’s Morning Joe.
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
Members of Congress, notably high-ranking Republicans, are responding with dismay. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) called Trump’s remarks, "beneath the office and represents what is wrong with American politics.
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
Republican Senator Susan Collins of Maine tweeted, "This has to stop," and continued, “We don’t have to get along, but we must show respect and civility.”
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
And Nebraska Republican Senator Ben Sasse was perhaps the most blunt in his response. "Please just stop. This isn’t normal and it’s beneath the dignity of your office," Sasse tweeted.
Please just stop. This isn't normal and it's beneath the dignity of your office.— Ben Sasse (@BenSasse) June 29, 2017
Donald Trump has made a habit of using Twitter to personally attack media figures and political rivals. His conflicts with conservative media personality Megyn Kelly and presidential rival Hillary Clinton are well documented. During the Republican primary Trump also insulted the appearance of rival Ted Cruz’s wife.
Never before has the U.S. had a president with the kind of unfiltered access to the public that President Trump has. Questions about the potential effects on U.S. diplomacy and policy have reached a point where legislation is currently pending to preserve Trump’s personal Twitter feed like any other official historical document.
With these latest tweets President Trump is also coming under fire for his contribution to the lack of civility in politics. The issue has been on many minds in Washington following the shooting of Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) at a Congressional charity baseball practice. Members of Congress are circulating a civility pledge and appealing to politicians for commitments.
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— Asha Sanaker
Written by Countable