Republicans condemn Trump for crude tweets about ‘Morning Joe’ host

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The tweets echo some of Donald Trump’s attacks from the campaign trail, during which he went after then-Fox News host Megyn Kelly after the first debate by saying, “You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever.” | AP Photo

Republicans condemn Trump for crude tweets about ‘Morning Joe’ host

‘Your tweet was beneath the office,’ Lindsey Graham said about Trump’s message about a bleeding face-lift.

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Updated 06/29/2017 02:56 PM EDT

Republican lawmakers on Thursday swiftly rebuked President Donald Trump for crudely claiming that “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski was “bleeding badly from a face-lift,” saying such tweets are beneath the office of the president.

In a two-part tweet, Trump said he “heard poorly rated @Morning_Joe speaks badly of me (don’t watch anymore).” He then went on to hit Brzezinski: “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 messages, some of the most graphic and personal sense Trump became president, were condemned by Republicans who are struggling to push Trump’s legislative agenda forward while the White House is consumed by the Russia probes and self-inflicted dramas.

“Obviously, I don’t see that as an appropriate comment,” House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said Thursday during his weekly press conference, adding, “Look, what we’re trying to do around here is improve the tone, the civility of the debate, and this obviously doesn’t help do that.”

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) went further, tweeting, “Mr. President, your tweet was beneath the office and represents what is wrong with American politics, not the greatness of America.”

Graham later told POLITICO that Trump’s insult was “highly inappropriate” regardless of any impact it might have on distracting from the GOP agenda. Asked if the president should apologize, Graham said, “I would, if I were” Trump.

The tweets echo some of Trump’s attacks from the campaign trail, during which he went after then-Fox News host Megyn Kelly after the first debate by saying, “You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever.”

But the messages take on a new tenor now that Trump is in the Oval Office, and is trying to pull off big legislative lifts — including a Obamacare repeal bill and tax reform package — that require message discipline.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders quickly defended the tweets, explaining the president fights back when he feels the criticism toward him is unwarranted.

“Look, I don’t think that the president’s ever been someone who gets attacked and doesn’t push back,” Sanders told Fox News on Thursday morning. “There have been an outrageous number of personal attacks, not just to him but to frankly everyone around him. … This is a president who fights fire with fire and certainly will not be allowed to be bullied by liberal media or liberal elites in Hollywood or anywhere else.”

Sanders said she personally has been attacked on “Morning Joe” on matters that have nothing to do with her beliefs, ideology or policy. “I have seen far worse things [than the tweets] come out of that show,” she said.

The first lady’s office responded to the president’s tweet through a spokeswoman who reiterated what Melania Trump said in an April 2016 speech.

“As the First Lady has stated publicly in the past, when her husband gets attacked, he will punch back 10 times harder,” Stephanie Grisham, Melania Trump’s communications director, said in a statement.

But there’s evidence that the public is frustrated with the president’s Twitter use. More than 6-in-10 registered voters say Trump should stop tweeting, including 49 percent of Republicans, according to a Quinnipiac University poll conducted ahead of Trump’s latest attack and released Thursday.

And some Republicans in Congress said Trump crossed a line with his vulgar message.

Following a hearing on U.S. Capitol Police, Republican Sen. James Lankford said in a statement that the president “should model civility, honor, and respect in our political rhetoric. The President’s tweets today don’t help our political or national discourse and do not provide a positive role model for our national dialogue.”

Unlike other Republicans who in the past have vocalized their opposition to Trump’s actions, Lankford isn’t a notably frequent Trump critic.

Republican Sen. Ben Sasse, who is a frequent critic, tweeted: “Please just stop. This isn’t normal and it’s beneath the dignity of your office.”

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi agreed, telling reporters that what Trump tweeted was “so blatantly sexist” and “really saddens me because it is so beneath the dignity of the president of the United States to engage in such behavior.”

She also blasted her Republican colleagues who haven’t condemned the president’s rhetoric. “The Republicans, they can tolerate almost anything — a candidate beating up a reporter and then cheering him on as he arrives in Congress, the tweets of the president of the United States,” she said at her weekly news conference. “They set a low standard for public officials in terms of their demeanor.”

Trump’s tweet dominated the conversation on a day when the House was scheduled to vote on two immigration bills, the Senate was focused on getting its Obamacare repeal legislation back on track, and part of the administration’s travel ban was set to be enforced Thursday evening. The White House had also designated this “energy week,” with Trump scheduled to deliver remarks at an energy event at the Energy Department.

Republicans expressed frustration that the president’s tweets do nothing to further the GOP agenda.

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), who is among the Republican holdouts on the health care bill, tweeted: “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. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), another skeptic of the GOP health bill, tweeted, “Stop it! The Presidential platform should be used for more than bringing people down.”

Conservative commentator Laura Ingraham sent out a tweet chastising the White House’s message discipline: “Today ALL comms coming out of WH shd be focused on #KatesLaw and #NoSanctuaryforCriminalsAct — not cable TV hosts.”

GOP strategist Rick Tyler, a former communications aide to Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s White House bid, told POLITICO that Trump’s tweets have “zero benefit” and criticized the administration’s defense of them as “childish.”

“Republicans will arrive at the 2018 elections with absolutely no accomplishments and nothing to run on,” Tyler said. “In order to effect large-scale public policy change through legislation, you must have a communications strategy to convince the country that the direction you’re going is somewhere they’d like to go.”

While Trump’s attack on Thursday morning provoked a big response, the “Morning Joe” hosts have a notorious love-hate relationship with the president. During the 2016 campaign, Trump was a frequent call-in guest to the show and as recently as March retained Joe Scarborough’s advice on matters before addressing Congress. But the MSNBC show has also faced criticism for being too cozy with the administration.

In a Vanity Fair report from May on the co-hosts’ recent engagement, the couple acknowledged meeting with the president more than a week after his inauguration, where Trump reportedly suggested they have their wedding at Mar-a-Lago or the White House. According to Scarborough, Trump even suggested he could be the one to marry them.

Scarborough and Brzezinski have since become increasingly critical of the president, and Trump has repeatedly attacked them on Twitter, but Thursday’s messages marked a new low.

Brzezinski responded to Trump shortly after his tweets on Thursday with her own post of a Cheerios box detailing a child and the slogan “Made For Little Hands” — a seemingly pointed reference to the campaign trail during which Trump’s hand size was often targeted.

MSNBC, meanwhile, was direct and unsparing in its criticism.

“It’s a sad day for America when the president spends his time bullying, lying and spewing petty personal attacks instead of doing his job,” an MSNBC spokesperson said, echoing a similar sentiment from the organization’s spokesman Mark Kornblau, who tweeted that he “never imagined a day when I would think to myself, ‘it is beneath my dignity to respond to the President of the United States.’”

It was not immediately clear what specific comments set off the Twitter attacks this morning, but Brzezinski did hit the president this morning on “lying … and destroying the country.”

“Nothing makes a man feel better than making a fake cover of a magazine about himself, lying every day and destroying the country,” Brzezinski said in reference to a Washington Post report that alleges a fabricated Time magazine cover photo featuring Trump is hanging in at least five of his golf clubs.

Also, on Tuesday’s episode of “Morning Joe,” Brzezinski and Scarborough went back and forth on Trump’s hand size and his onslaught of media-focused tweets of late.

“That’s a very small person,” Brzezinski said.

“I work in cable news and I can tell you that’s sad, pathetic. Think bigger,” Scarborough countered, adding that while the “worst health care strategy ever” rages, Trump’s talking about the media.

“Keep on being small,” Brzezinski said.

“Tiny. That’s the word,” Scarborough corrected.

On the campaign trail, the president was often criticized for his treatment of women, most notably after the infamous “Access Hollywood” tape in which Trump can be heard bragging about sexually assaulting women.

And in a bizarre moment on Tuesday, while on the phone with Ireland’s new prime minister, Trump called forward an Irish journalist to comment on her smile.

Despite the furor around his tweets on Thursday, Trump did get some support outside of the White House. Fox News primetime host and frequent Trump defender Sean Hannity tweeted various links to “Morning Joe”-related coverage. “Maybe liberal Joe should stop calling the @POTUS a schmuck, a liar, a thug and mentally unhinged. Were they kissing @POTUS ass at xmas? Yes,” he tweeted.

Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) also appeared to defend the president, noting that he’s dealing with an adversarial news media.

“The media is salting him every day,” Shelby said. “I guess he’s fighting back.”

Other lawmakers, however, said they were trying to tune it out.

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) said he didn’t want to talk about the president’s tweets because he’s trying to “stay positive.”

“If you don’t have something nice to say, say nothing at all,” Johnson said.

“The American people need us to be focused on health care and tax reform, not Twitter fights and cable news,” Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) said on Twitter.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who unsuccessfully ran for president in 2016, summarized Trump’s comments in three words: “Inappropriate. Undignified. Unpresidential.”

Thursday morning’s tweet storm also fits into Trump’s recently stepped-up crusade against the media in which he has targeted other outlets that he believes are publishing unfair coverage of his administration.

Trump attacked The Washington Post on Wednesday, complaining that the “fake news” newspaper was protecting Amazon from tax liabilities with its coverage.

Representatives for Brzezinski and Scarborough did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Hadas Gold, Elana Schor, Kyle Cheney, Austin Wright, Heather Caygle and Diamond Naga Siu contributed to this report.

Late Night TV Jokes About Mr. Trump, Gore, And A Few Other American Politicians

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Late Night Jokes of the Week
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

  • A former “Apprentice” contestant says that Donald Trump didn’t know the names of all the women on the show, and would describe them by their bodies and looks. When asked about it, Trump said, “Which woman said that? Brown Hair/Lazy Eye or Blond Hair/Nose Job?”
  • Donald Trump just released a new TV ad attacking Hillary Clinton’s health, with clips of her coughing. Which was effective till the end, when he says, “I’m Donald Trump and I approve this message. (LONG SNIFF)”
  • Yesterday, Al Gore campaigned for Hillary Clinton at a Florida rally attended by 1,600 people. Unfortunately for Gore, a recount showed that it was only 1,300 people.
  • A new study finds that having acne could be a good thing because it protects your skin from aging. And then teenagers were like, “Right now it just feels like it’s protecting me from girls.”
  • Samsung is sending out thermally insulated “flameproof” boxes for people returning its exploding Galaxy Note 7 phones. Samsung says they’re being “extra cautious,” while UPS is saying, “Please use FedEx.”

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Jimmy Kimmel Live!

  • Paris Hilton just bought an $8,000 Chihuahua. How does Paris Hilton still have $8,000?
  • The dog weighs 12 ounces. I’ve eaten hot dogs that weigh more than 12 ounces. That’s not even officially a dog, that’s a hamster; she spent eight grand on a hamster.
  • President Obama is winding down his time in office. He’s got less than 100 days left. But he’s keeping busy, still pushing his agenda, he’s working to fight climate change, he’s shortening sentences for drug offenders, every night he goes down to the basement to visit Merrick Garland, his nominee for the Supreme Court.
  • The reason President Obama is working so hard up to the end is to avoid helping his wife pack the house; it’s a pain in the [butt], and he wants no part of it.
  • I hope Obama grows a huge retirement beard like David Letterman.
  • Some very prominent Republican donors are reported to be asking for their money back. Because if there’s one thing Donald Trump is known for, it’s giving money back.
  • Asking Donald Trump for your money back is like asking Chris Christie for a bite of his cheeseburger, it isn’t going to happen. You’ll have to pry it out of his cold, tiny hands.

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Late Night With Seth Meyers

  • Donald Trump told supporters last night to go out and vote on November 28th, when Election Day is actually November 8th. Unless November 8th is just a lie being spread by the liberal media.
  • Donald Trump, last night, criticized Republicans who are dropping support for his campaign, saying, “I wouldn’t want to be in a foxhole with a lot of these people.” Trump made the comment while talking to everyone’s favorite foxhole, Bill O’Reilly.
  • Trump’s campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, said this morning that Republicans should decide whether or not they support Donald Trump and “stop pussyfooting around.” That’s the worst choice of words since Abraham Lincoln said, “I need slavery like I need a hole in the head.”
  • Today was Yom Kippur, or as Gary Johnson calls it, “The capital of Thailand?”
  • Former House Speaker John Boehner says he still plans on voting for Trump even though he said, “Donald wasn’t my first choice, wasn’t my second choice, for that matter he wasn’t my third choice.” “Who was your fourth choice?” whispered Jeb.

 

November 1st There Will Be 5 Presidential Candidates On The Ballot

 

As most of you know this Presidential election cycle here in America this year has been different to say the least. Many ‘norms’ for how candidates can act and speak have been blown out of the water, mostly by Mr. Trump on the Republican side. During the primaries on the Republican side there is no doubt that Mr. Trump has brought out many new voters as Senator Bernie Sanders has on the Democratic side. These two candidates seem to be polar opposites of each other though. I am personally disappointed in Senator Sanders fans though in that they were the ones who started the violence at the Trump rallies. I was hoping that he and his followers were better human beings than what a lot of Mr. Trumps supporters have also displayed. Even if you or I or they do not like what a candidate has to say no one has the right to silence another persons right to “freedom of speech.” On that thought of freedom of speech comes the matter of the Republican and Democratic establishment anger at the American voting public and how deeply crooked they (the political establishment) are. On the Democratic side is the unconstitutional factor of “super delegates” which make it almost impossible for anyone who is not “their” candidate to beat out “their” candidate. Why I say they are unconstitutional is that during the primaries a candidate that isn’t their favorite but is the people’s choice, these super delegates vote count for far more than your or my vote. On the Republican side the establishment Republicans who call themselves the “base” of their party cannot mentally except that the voters have told these folks that this “conservative base” is in fact not the real “base” of that party. There is also the fact that in a lot of states like the one that I live in will not allow registered Independent voters to vote at all during the primaries, yet come November these same anti-constitutional frauds actively seek our votes for their chosen candidates. Everyone Constitutionally has the right to cast their one vote for whom ever they please yet both the main party’s disallow us our Constitutional rights.

 

The Republican “establishment” has been freaking our that the American people chose someone other than one of “their” bought and paid for people. These people say that having Donald Trump as the Republican nominee in November will destroy their party, so these folks are going to find a way to have someone other than “the people’s choice”  as the head of their ticket. I believe that this will happen and I am guessing that they are going to find a way to make someone like Mitt Romney to head their ticket this November. Here is where the “5” candidates starts to come into play. Mr. Trump will still run for President whether he has the blessings of the Republican elite or not. This event will “I believe” then push Senator Sanders to run as the Independent that he really is anyway even though Mrs. Clinton has the nod from the Democratic establishment. So, this would make a situation come the November elections where we the citizens will have the following choices to vote for. 1) The Republican establishment candidate, probably Mr. Romney with a Republican establishment sweetheart like Jeb Bush as his VP. 2) Mr. Trump as an Independent 3) The Democratic establishment candidate Mrs. Clinton 4) Senator Sanders as an Independent. 5) The Libertarian candidate. Well, this is my thoughts and opinions on this matter, what do you think the situation will be come November 1st? There is also the possibility that Mrs. Clinton and/or Mr. Trump will be in a federal prison (where I personally believe they both belong) by November. There is also the possibility that one of these millions of people whom hate these two may well remove one or both of them from the land of the breathing by that time. I personally hope that does not happen because they also have the right to freedom of speech even if you or I happen to think they are both as crooked as a dogs hind leg. If such a thing is possible we may well see if one of these five people are worse for the world than the Shiite we have setting in the Oval Office now. May God have mercy on us all.

If You Will Negotiate With The Democrats: Then You Are Not A True Republican?

 

This does seem to be the battle cry of the ‘true’ Republicans this Presidential election cycle, that if a Candidate is willing to work with the Democrats to make deals and compromise, then that Candidate isn’t ‘a real Republican’. News flash for the folks like Mr. Jeb Bush, Mr. Ted Cruz and Mr. Rush Limbaugh, guys, the number one thing that the American people say that they are mad at Congress about is gridlock and now you say that you as a Political Party will only except as your Leader is a person that will only agree to more total gridlock?  Gridlock is destroying the very core and fiber of Our Country which exist because the two parties, mostly the Republican ‘leadership’. About 20% of the Republican Party is a Tea Party ‘Conservative Right Winger’ yet the Republican Party as a whole are to cowardice to stand up to them because the Country itself (the people) are more important than the Democratic or the Republican Parties.  The people of this Country are making it very plain in these early votes and polls that ‘we the people’ are fed up with ‘The Establishment’, folks you are the problem, because you cannot see past your own ego’s ‘Our Great Country’ will not continue to allow it to continue and it shows when Mr. Trump and Mr. Sanders are leading the two polls. To put it bluntly, the Republican Party, if you want to win at the Presidential level at this point in time it will be with a person who will negotiate and get Our Country out of the gridlock you ‘Establishment Folks’ have created.