I’ll admit that a couple of days a week these days, I’ll turn on Morning Joe mostly for one reason: To watch Mika Brzezinski shake her head disappointingly when she talks about Trump. She has this perpetual look of disgust and disdain, and it’s self-reinforcing for me. The most common theme on the show now — from everyone, on the right or left of the political spectrum — is that Trump just isn’t right in the head anymore, that he’s desecrating the office of the Presidency, and that he has no idea how to run the country.
I could watch CNN, where they go through the motions and try their best to treat this Presidency as they would any other. Or the Today show or Good Morning America, where they alternate news with puff pieces. But I choose Morning Joe, because at least they’re talking about Donald Trump the way most of the rest us are: Like he’s a crazy person who has no idea what he’s doing and doesn’t belong in the office.
Today, Donald Trump — the President of the United States — shot back with straight-up personal schoolyard bullshit.
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
And his base is eating it up, because that’s the country we live in now. They’re not like, “Oh, shit. This is an embarrassing display from the leader of our country.” They’re like “Fuck yeah! Psycho Joe!”
At any rate, the “low-rated” Morning Joe will almost certainly see yet another ratings spike out of this. Good job, Trump.
It can't be overstated: Really entering uncharted waters for a president here. https://t.co/hMVYzytUVl— Glenn Thrush (@GlennThrush) June 29, 2017
The Associated Press on the President of the United States pic.twitter.com/lBMsRda5Yx— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) June 29, 2017
Trump's tweet on Mika isn't just lashing out. He has long made a practice of humiliating women in public. Did it to Michelle Fields too.— Seth Mandel (@SethAMandel) June 29, 2017
Update: Mika’s response:
So, yes: It’s petty on both sides. But one side is the POTUS, and one side is a morning talk show host.
Republican Senator Lindsay Graham has also weighed in, as has Republican Senator Ben Sasse.
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
Please just stop. This isn't normal and it's beneath the dignity of your office.— Ben Sasse (@BenSasse) June 29, 2017