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Sen. Hatch, staff respond to President Trump's tweets about Morning Joe's Mika Brzezinski

Sen. Hatch, staff respond to President Trump's tweets about Morning Joe's Mika Brzezinski (Photo: Office of Sen. Orrin Hatch)

(KUTV) Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and his staff are speaking out after President Donald Trump attacked Mika Brzezinski, a female co-host on a morning news program.

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.." around 7 a.m. Tuesday morning, immediately followed by "...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!"

Hatch appeared to respond to the tweets with a quote from his recent op-ed in Time called "I Am Re-Committing to Civility."

"It’s incumbent on all of us, then β€” from the President to Congress on down β€” to be responsible for our speech."

The quote was confirmed to be a direct response to Trump's tweets by Hatch's communication director Matt Whitlock, who had his own response to the attack.

"Oh gosh. Those are bad tweets," Whitlock posted.

"Guessing the morning calls with the legal team didn't cover facelift insults," he wrote in another tweet.

Buzzfeed reported the series of tweets came after Brzezinski and her Morning Joe co-host Joe Scarborough discussed Trump's fake Time magazine cover, which he hangs in many of his properties.

"Nothing makes a man feel better than making a fake cover of a magazine about himself, lying everyday and destroying the country," Brzezinski said in the segment.

She went on to say Trump was covering his hands on the fake cover because they're "teensy."

Aside from Hatch's response, Trump's responding tweets have been criticized by journalists and politicians across the aisle.

New York Times Reporter Sopan Deb said, "40+ states. hundreds of rallies. almost 2 years on the road with him. and I still find myself astonished."

"This is not okay," said Representative Lynn Jenkins (R-Kansas). "As a female in politics I am often criticized for my looks. We should be working to empower women."

Minority Leader of the House Nancy Pelosi said "@realDonaldTrump's tweets today are sexist, an assault on the freedom of the press & an insult to all women. Apologize!"

CNN Communications tweeted that it stands "with @MSNBC's @MorningMika and @JoeNBC."

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) addressed the president and said, "Mr. President, your tweet was beneath the office and represents what is wrong with American politics, not the greatness of America."

Political analyst Matthew Dowd said, "Yes, the President is an embarrassment, and has no dignity, but the accountability needs to be shared by those who enable his behavior."

Brzezinski appeared to respond to the tweets directly, tweeting a picture of a Cheerios box featuring the phrase "Made for Little Hands."


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