Donald Trump caused yet another stir on Twitter this morning when he launched disparaging and sexist attacks at MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski, the co-host of 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 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 President tweeted.
The tweet prompted widespread condemnation from GOP Congressional members like Lisa Murkowski, Susan Collins, Lindsey Graham, Ben Sasse, and John McCain who said Mr. Trump’s tweets were below the office of the Presidency.
Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel came on Fox News to defend the President, stating “Today, the President acted like a human, and he pushed back.”
Fox anchor Julie Banderas was having none of it.
“I don’t care who you are. You don’t stoop to the level of that. I mean that’s like me scolding my 4-year-old for using a bad word and then me repeating it,” Banderas retorted. “That’s just not how you run a country or you parent a 4-year-old.”
Banderas went on to defend President Obama in a statement one wouldn’t expect to come from a Fox Anchor.
“People used to call him a Muslim. People used to call him under-qualified, a sellout to America, a hater of Israel,” Banderas said, “I mean they called him every name in the book, but you didn’t see him lash out.”
Banderas is right that President Obama was generally calm and collective despite some very nasty attacks from the right. Not only did Obama not hold red faced press conferences to denounce reporters or tweet personal attacks at his detractors, he used the White House Correspondence Dinner to let his frustration out in a comedic forum. Obama played a ‘video’ of his birth from Lion King and used comedian Keegan Michael-Key as his ‘anger translator’ to poke fun at his critics rather than attacking them.
It’s yet to be seen if Trump will host a White House Correspondence Dinner during his time in office (he skipped the first one), but his Twitter account appears to be the only anger translator he needs.