President Donald Trump set off a firestorm today when, in a Tweet, he attacked a female television personality: MNSBC’s Mika Brzezinski.
Here’s what he Tweeted: “I heard poorly rated @Morning-Joe speaks badly of me (don’t watch anymore),” Trump tweeted to his nearly 33 million followers Thursday morning. “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!”
I admit that I am no fan of Brzezinski as a television host and anchor. She appears to be a pleasant enough as a person. However, when it comes to her performance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe”, she appears to be little more than a news reader. Of course her co-host (and fiancee) Joe Scarborough takes the lead. The former Congressman actually explains how government works, shares his experience as a legislator and adds context to discussions about policy-making. However, when Scarborough is absent, Brzezinki’s weaknesses become more apparent. She coos sympathetically and asks simple questions of this variety: “What do you make of (insert the topic of the day?” In addition, she reads stories from the TelePrompter that Producers have written. A fifth-grader could actually do her job.
Back in 2013, Mika admitted to not preparing for a guest before he came onto the show. That was actor Russell Brand. She mocked his accent. She made faces while talking about the actor — and she talked about how she didn’t know who he was. Reflecting upon her poor performance and inhospitable attitude, Brzezinski apologized.
Some people may dismiss the fact that she failed to study up on an actor. But how easy can that be? Google his bio. Read a couple of articles! If Brzezinski cannot prepare for an interview with an actor, do you really think she prepares for visits to the set by Secretaries of State, Attorneys General or other policy wonks?
So, it is no secret that I give Brzezinski a “C-” as host and anchor of “Morning Joe”.
Nevertheless, I cannot support Trumps terrible Twitter tirade. Personally attacking a person on Twitter is beneath the office of the President of the United States of America.
House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said Trump’s tweets were “blatantly sexist.”
Even Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan could not support Trump’s on this one. “Obviously I don’t see that as an appropriate comment,” said Ryan.
Republican Senator Susan Collins said on MSNBC, “The President’s tweet was completely inappropriate.”
But Trump’s Twitter tirade has achieved something he has rarely achieved since he became President. He managed to highlight areas on which Democrats and Republicans can agree: his level of inappropriateness.
Now, if he can find a way to unite Democrats and Republicans on policies that can provide American’s with viable health care insurance options and improve their overall lives, he will be on the right track.
That’s the Lowdown!