President – an honorific we’re choking on presently – Donald Trump sank to another low in decorum Thursday morning when he lashed out in vulgar, angry terms at two television personalities for reasons we cannot accept.
All we can ask is: Who in the White House will stop this world leader from destroying his credibility and embarrassing the nation with his pathetic rants?
The subjects of Trump’s attack were Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” whom he referred to as “low I.Q. Crazy Mika” and “Psycho Joe.” His abuse got worse from there.
This was the most degrading form of schoolyard bullying. Was it beneath the dignity of the highest office in the land? Yes. Beneath the dignity of the office of middle-school student council president? Actually, no kindergarten teacher would allow such name-calling.
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What set him off? During Thursday’s show, Brzezinski criticized Trump’s behavior as president: “Let’s say someone came into NBC and took over NBC and started tweeting wildly about people’s appearances, bullying people, talking about people in the competition, lying every day, undermining his managers, throwing them under – the person would be thrown out,” she said. “It’s just not normal behavior. In fact, there would be concern that perhaps the person who runs the company is out of his mind.”
Here, for the record, are Trump’s two tweets:
“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!”
When he accuses a major news organization of failing, that’s when you know Trump feels wounded. If he bothered to investigate he’d see that on the strength of Trump coverage, “Morning Joe” viewership is at a record level.
The worst of what Trump said was the ugly, sexist remark directed at Brzezinski. The details about the visit to Mar-a-Lago, etc. aren’t relevant. What matters is the president said something cruel and bizarre about a woman’s physical appearance. The reference to bleeding sounded a lot like his nasty insinuation about then-Fox anchor Megyn Kelly during the campaign. Remember? “You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever.”
Trump has a track record of sexist comments, some of which verge on misogyny. He escaped accountability during the campaign for his 2005 video-recorded remarks about using his star power to physically assault women (“When you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything. … Grab ‘em by the p––.”).
So this president will never be a role model. Children should not want to emulate his behavior when they grow up. He has a nasty temperament and low impulse control. Those are terrible, dangerous qualities for a commander in chief. We have no idea if or his advisers can keep his impetuousness in check during a crisis, but we’re certain he should not be left alone with access to Twitter.
Sir, delete your account.