President Donald Trump’s Thursday morning attack on “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski caused an uproar among other members of the media, but they’re not alone in their backlash against the comments.
Several high-profile Republicans have also voiced their criticism of the president’s tweets, in which he said Brzezinski has a “low I. Q.” and was “bleeding badly from a face-lift.”
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) tweeted that Trump’s tweets were “beneath the office” and “represents what is wrong with American politics.” Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) also chimed in on the backlash, tweeting “please just stop.” “We don’t have to get along, but we must show respect and civility,” tweeted Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME).
“Obviously I don’t see that as an appropriate comment,” said Speaker of the House Paul Ryan in response to a reporter’s question asking about Trump’s tweets. Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY) said, “Obviously I’m concerned about that type of language.”
More GOP reactions below.
Mr. President, your tweet was beneath the office and represents what is wrong with American politics, not the greatness of America.
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) June 29, 2017
Please just stop. This isn't normal and it's beneath the dignity of your office.
— Ben Sasse (@BenSasse) June 29, 2017
This has to stop – we all have a job – 3 branches of gov’t and media. We don’t have to get along, but we must show respect and civility.
— Sen. Susan Collins (@SenatorCollins) June 29, 2017
This is not okay. As a female in politics I am often criticized for my looks. We should be working to empower women. https://t.co/sV6WDE0EUD
— Lynn Jenkins (@RepLynnJenkins) June 29, 2017
Shelley Moore Capito, a key GOP swing vote on health care, calls Trump's tweets about Mika "distasteful"
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) June 29, 2017
House Speaker Paul Ryan on Trump's "Morning Joe" tweets: "Obviously I don't see that as an appropriate comment." https://t.co/Sz11G25P86
— Daniella Diaz (@DaniellaMicaela) June 29, 2017
"It’s incumbent on all of us, then — from the President to Congress on down — to be responsible for our speech." https://t.co/BVVKFll3Sj
— Senator Hatch Office (@senorrinhatch) June 29, 2017
GOP Rep. Tom Reed on Trump's Mika Brzezinski tweets: "Maybe the intent is to distract from the health care debate" https://t.co/ggwGccYUum
— CNN (@CNN) June 29, 2017
There have been several other horrified reactions to Trump’s comments, and you can read a roundup here.