From MEDIA MATTERS:
This morning, the president of the United States used his favorite media platform for addressing the public to remind us of just how little respect he has for women — especially women in the press.
Shortly before 9 a.m., Trump posted two revoltingly sexist tweets attacking MSNBC’s Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski for her appearance and intellect. The leader of the free world called the morning show anchor “low I.Q. Crazy Mika” and alleged that she had attempted to visit him at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida on New Year’s Eve and was “bleeding badly from a face-lift” at the time.
This isn’t the first time Trump’s attacked women media figures — it’s not even close — and it’s also not the first time he’s done it on Twitter. In recent years, he has tweeted that:
- Brzezinski is “a neurotic and not very bright mess” and is “crazy and very dumb,”
- CNN’s Erin Burnett “was never smart, but people liked her.”
- CNN’s Alisyn Camerota “is a disaster.”
- The New York Times’ Gail Collins is “frumpy and very dumb” and “incompetent.”
- Arianna Huffington is “dopey,” “extremely unattractive (both inside and out),” and a “liberal clown.”
- NBC’s Megyn Kelly (formerly at Fox News) is “very bad at math,” “highly overrated,” “not very good or professional,” “crazy,” “average in every way,” and a “lightweight.” (He said he refused to call her a “bimbo, because that would not be politically correct.”)
- ABC’s Martha Raddatz is “so unprofessional and biased.”
- NPR’s Cokie Roberts is “kooky” and “dumb.”
- The Washington Post’s Jennifer Rubin is “highly untalented,” “a real dummy,” “one of the dumber bloggers,” and “in love with Marco Rubio.”
- NBC’s Katy Tur is “incompetent” and “should be fired.”
He and his campaign targeted reporter Michelle Fields (formerly of Breitbart.com and HuffPost) after then-campaign manager Corey Lewandowski was shown on camera manhandling her at a campaign event.
Trump repeatedly lashed out at Megyn Kelly during the campaign season offline as well, at one point saying in an interview that she had “blood coming out of her wherever.” He also attacked Tur at rallies and in interviews, calling her “Little Katy, third-rate journalist” and “not a very good reporter” and singling her out at press events.
At least one women thought what Twitler said was the bee’s knees. From DEADLINE HOLLYWOOD:
The media is to blame for President Donald Trump once again attacking a female journalist using a misogynistic and disturbing blood image, White House Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders insisted at today’s televised White House press briefing.
“The president has been attacked mercilessly … by that [Morning Joe] program. And I think he’s been very clear that, when attacked he’s going to hit back,” she said of POTUS’ controversial tweet about Mika Brzezinski. “The American people elected somebody who’s tough, who is smart and who is a fighter. It’s Donald Trump. And I don’t think it’s a surprise to anybody that he fights fire with fire,” Huckabee Sanders insisted stoutly.
This in response to the first question, which went to John Roberts, White House correspondent at Friend-of-Trump network Fox News Channel. He noted that Sanders appeared already on his network and said Trump had the right to defend himself and it is “no secret this program has been very critical” of Trump. But Roberts noted, the “nature of this morning’s tweet” has drawn condemnation even from House Speaker Paul Ryan and other “Trump allies.”
“Did he go too far in his deeply personal response,” Robert said, queuing up Huckabee Sanders’ reply, “I don’t think so.”
MSNBC’s Morning Joe has called Trump and members of his staff some “deeply personal” things, she said. It’s “like living in The Twilight Zone,” she complained, for reporters in the briefing to suggest that, while the show is “doing this, day after day,” when Trump “responds and defends himself, everybody is appalled and blown away.”
“Frankly if this had happened in the previous administration, this type of attack” – she ticked off: “utterly stupid,” “personality disorder,” “mentally ill“ and calling members of Trump’s team “liars” to their faces – “the rest of the media would have said to Morning Joe, ‘Guys! No way!”
“But nobody does that,” she complained.
Somebody in the briefing room reminded Sanders that Trump gained early political currency as head of the birther movement, in which he insulted Obama for years with bogus claims he was not born in this country and therefore held the office illegally.
She insisted the focus on Trump having singled out Morning Joe’s female co-host Brzezinski particularly aggressively, and with yet another blood image – similar to his “you could see blood coming out of here wherever” blast of then-Fox News host Megyn Kelly after she moderated the first GOP debate – was a “false narrative.”
Asked if she’s going to tell her kids “this behavior is OK,” Huckabee Sanders responded: “When it comes to role models, as a person of faith, I think we all have one perfect role model. And when I’m asked that question, I point to God, and to my faith. And that’s where I tell my kids to look.”
I’m not Christian, but I get the feeling that, if Jesus was around, he would tell Sarah, Tall and Insane, to fuck off.