President Trump created a firestorm Thursday morning by responding to a series of attacks on him by MSNBC “Morning Joe” hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough. And now the White House is weighing in.
Trump wrote on Twitter: “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!”
At the daily White House press briefing Thursday afternoon, Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the daughter of former Gov. Mike Huckabee, faced a swarm of indignant mainstream media reporters.
“How do you feel about the president attacking another woman, specifically for her looks? And what does that show as an example of how men should be treating other women,” a female reporter asked.
“Look, everybody wants to make this an attack on a woman and quality,” Huckabee Sanders replied. “What about the constant attacks that he receives? Or the rest of us? I’m a woman, and I’ve been attacked by this show multiple times.”
“But I don’t cry foul because of it,” she continued. “I think that you want to create this false narrative. [On] one hand it’s like, ‘Let’s treat everybody equally,” and on the other hand, they attack, attack, attack. And he responds, and apparently that’s wrong.”
“You’ve been talking today about how the president is a fighter,” a reporter spoke up. “Because you talk about being personally affected by all of this as well, and that nothing is wrong about fighting fire with fire, is the argument that you’re making. Are you going to tell your kids this behavior is OK?” another female reporter asked.
It’s an odd question from a mainstream media that rarely condemns vulgarities and death threats lobbied frequently at the president by artists and celebrities.
“Look, I’ve been asked before, when it comes to role models as a person of faith, I think we all have one perfect role model. And when I’m asked that question, I point to God. I point to my faith. And that’s where I would tell my kids to look.”
“None of us are perfect, and certainly there’s only One that is, and that’s where I would point that direction,” she concluded.
Watch that moment in the press briefing:
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