Who Is Mika Brzezinski? President Trump Blasts 'Morning Joe' Hosts On Twitter
Who is 'Crazy Mika'?
On Thursday, June 29, President Donald Trump took to Twitter and announced, "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 ...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 president was referring to Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough, from MSNBC's Morning Joe. Reaction from the president's own party, as well as Democrats, was swift. Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Paul Ryan was quoted by The New York Times, "Obviously, I don’t see that as an appropriate comment."
"Mr. President, your tweet was beneath the office and represents what is wrong with American politics, not the greatness of America," another Republican, U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham, was quoted.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called Trump's tweets, "blatantly sexist," and added that the president "happens to disrespect women … it's sad." Another Democrat, New York's Nita Lowey, said, "The president's behavior should be repudiated loudly and clearly."
Minutes prior to the appearance of the Trump tweet, White House social media director Dan Scavino posted a similar message, "#DumbAsARockMika and lover #JealousJoe are lost, confused & saddened since @POTUS @realDonaldTrump stopped returning their calls! Unhinged."
Brzezinski and Scarborough engaged
The Times compared Trump's assertion that Mika was "bleeding badly from a facelift," with his August 2015 campaign-trail attack on Megyn Kelly, claiming that her line of questioning at a Republican primary debate equated to the journalist having "blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever," as reported by the Washington Post.
In response to the president's tweet, MSNBC issued a statement, "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." Also in response, Mika Brzezinski posted a photo to Twitter of a box of Cheerios with the caption, "Made For Little Hands."
The CBC reports that the source of Trump's frustration with the Morning Joe crew was not immediately apparent, but that the president had recently stated that an Irish journalist had a "nice smile." The Atlantic has observed that no previous president has watched as much cable news as Donald Trump, "or reacted as quickly or directly to what they were seeing."
Earlier in the day, on Morning Joe, Mika was reported to have said that the president's behavior was "not normal," and that if a business leader behaved as Trump has that observers would worry that he was "out of his mind." Later in the day on Thursday, the Trump administration's deputy press secretary, Sara Huckabee Sanders appeared on Fox, where she noted his reputation for fighting "fire with fire."
Fox News' Bill Hemmer asked Sarah Huckabee Sanders if President Trump's remarks about Mika Brzezinski were "necessary," in response to her assertion that Trump isn't going to allow himself to be "bullied by liberal media, and the liberal elites within the media." The president has developed a reputation for his disdain for what he has labeled "fake news," published by outlets who challenge him, including CNN, The Washington Post, and The New York Times.
"I think what’s necessary is to push back against unnecessary attacks on the president," Sarah Huckabee Sanders was quoted.
On Wednesday, Brzezinski and Scarborough were reported to have mocked Donald Trump over the presence of fake Time magazine covers, featuring Trump, at a number of his golf courses.
Mika Brzezinski has worked as a journalist since 1990, in positions with ABC, CBS, and MSNBC. A graduate of Williams College, Brzezinski first filed "Up To The Minute" updates, and appeared on the NBC Nightly News and Weekend Today, before being chosen as Joe Scarborough's Morning Joe co-host.
Though the two had been rumored to have been romantically involved for years, in early May, Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough publicly announced that they were formally engaged. Vanity Fair noted that when Mika began on Morning Joe, about 10 years ago, both were married. Scarborough divorced first, in 2013, followed by Brzezinski, in 2016.
"Long before they were an item, they made a lot of sense. Their chemistry—the way they bickered, and eye-rolled, and flirted in the I-can’t-stand-you-but-I-love-you way that elementary schoolers do—fueled speculation about their relationship off camera for years."
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