Outrage over Trump's 'facelift' jibe at TV show host
Donald Trump has made several personal attacks on female journalists, the last notable one being against a Fox News reporter. Photograph: (AFP)
Donald Trump has launched yet another tirade on a respected female journalist after she brought into focus the president's "not normal behaviour".
The US president's Twitter outburst against TV anchor Mika Brzezinski has been widely condemned.
Reacting to Brzezinski's comments during the MSNBC morning show she co-hosts with her fiancee Joe Scarborough, 54, a Republican former congressman who represented a Florida district in the 1990s.
Trump tweeted: "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!"
Brzezinski reacted by putting up a photo of a young child reaching for cereals.
"Made for little hands," the picture caption read -- again hitting at a theme that has caricatured image-conscious Trump since the days of his candidacy.
The latest tirade comes after the TV show host questioned Trump's management style.
"Everybody in Washington, in the administration, needs to look at this from... a point of view where they're not lobotomized because you're sitting in there and you're so scared of him, and you think you need to suck up to the president."
"It's just not normal behavior," she said. "In fact, there would be concerns that the person who runs the company is out of his mind."
Cable TV network MSNBC also released a scathing statement against Trump. "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."
Fiance Scarborough also attacked the president for his seemingly below-the-belt tweets: "Never imagined a day when I would think to myself, 'it is beneath my dignity to respond to the President of the United States'."
The Trump-Brzezinski war of words has lit up the internet, and people have tweeted in hordes to assail the current president.
Here is the former Florida governor and presidential candidate Jeb Bush's response:
Inappropriate. Undignified. Unpresidential. https://t.co/6iZFIfA5Hn— Jeb Bush (@JebBush) June 29, 2017
Nor does Trump appear to regret his words.
I asked POTUS - twice - if he regrets his morning tweets. He heard & did not respond.— Katherine Faulders (@KFaulders) June 29, 2017
Some have also alluded to Trump's denigatory attack last August on Fox reporter Megyn Kelly, who he said had "blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever" after she challenged him in a campaign debate.
Brzezinski, 50, is the daughter of the late Zbigniew Brzezinski, who was president Jimmy Carter's national security advisor.
(With inputs from AFP)