Trump-a-day

Yesterday, the President of the United States had his latest Twitter-storm. 

 
On Thursday morning, the anchors of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski apparently triggered Trump’s defence reflex by joking about a report that he hung fake Time magazine covers on the walls of his properties.


Trump has known the two anchors, personally and professionally, for years. The pair, who are engaged to be married, said Trump even offered at a meeting in January to officiate their wedding. For someone who claims to not watch the TV show, Trump blew things out of proportion and once again showed his true self (not that we did not know that he is a misogynistic bully, who can’t take criticism or a joke, because of his ego and a crystal dream of being universally loved and admired.)

Brzezinski responded to Trump’s tweets with a Tweet of her own


For those who do not remember, in a 2015 column, Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter detailed how Trump responds to criticism about his fingers. “Just to drive him a little bit crazy, I took to referring to him as a ‘short-fingered vulgarian’ in the pages of Spy magazine.” Carter wrote that Trump had responded with photos highlighting the length of his fingers. On a numerous occasions, Trump also insisted that he has ‘beautiful hands.’

MSNBC’s PR rep tweeted


In a rare moment of unity, nearly the entire national media, including the often pro-Trump Fox News, condemned the tweet.


On the Fox show, “Outnumbered,” the four female co-hosts blasted the tweet, saying it was beneath the dignity of the office. The “one lucky guy” on the show that day happened to be former Governor Mike Huckabee, the father of White House deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. Though he defended Trump hitting back at his detractors (for telling the truth), he noted that Sanders was not defending “what he said, she just defended the right to fight back.”


Republican lawmakers jumped on Trump’s comments, with one saying the insults were “beneath the dignity” of the office. House Speaker Paul Ryan was asked about the president’s tweet. “Obviously, I don’t see that as an appropriate comment,” Ryan said. “What we’re trying to do around here is improve the tone and the civility of the debate. And this obviously doesn’t help do that.” Amen.

 

The White House offered an unapologetic defence of Trump’s tweets during a contentious televised press briefing. Spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders was grilled over whether Trump’s inflammatory tweet was beneath the dignity of the presidency, fuelled a hostile political environment and set a bad example of how women should be treated by powerful men. She responded by defending Trump and berating reporters for ignoring the president’s policy agenda on taxes, healthcare and infrastructure.

“The only person I see a war on is this president and everybody that works for him,” she said. “I don’t think you can expect someone to be personally attacked, day after day, minute by minute, and sit back. The American people elected a fighter.” Nope, they elected a bully.

Sanders said Trump shows the dignity of his office “every day in the decisions he’s making, the focus and the priorities he’s laid out in his agenda. She pushed aside the notion that Trump’s tweets were sexist or a bad example for how to treat women. “Everybody wants to make this an attack on a woman — what about the constant attacks that he receives or the rest of us?” she said. “I’m a woman, I’ve been attacked by that show multiple times, but I don’t cry foul because of it.” When another reporter followed up by asking if Sanders felt that the tweet set a good example for her children, she deflected by saying that God is the “one perfect role model.”


That’s it until Monday.

Have a good weekend.