As Alec Baldwin’s SNL Donald Trump once put it: “they like it when I play the hits.”
Which I suppose is what the President was thinking this morning when he played a riff on his classic “blood coming out of her wherever” Megyn Kelly moment.
As you’re undoubtedly aware, Trump kicked off Thursday with a truly ridiculous double dose of Twitter “covfefe” which found the leader of the free world claiming he once kicked “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski out of Mar-a-Lago because she was “bleeding badly from a face-lift.”
According to Trump, Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough showed up at Mar-a-Lago “three nights in a row” and tried to force their way in (figuratively).
But because Mika was hemorrhaging from her orifices like a dying Ebola patient, he had to “say no!”
And while it’s fine with Republicans if Trump colludes with a hostile foreign power, bans Muslims, kicks millions of people off their health insurance, destroys the environment, and pushes the Korean peninsula to the brink of nuclear war, apparently berating a couple of talk show hosts was one step too far, because the GOP is freaking the fuck out.
Republican Rep. Lynn Jenkins (Kan.) is furious…
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
Republican Sen. Susan Collins (Maine) – a swing vote on the healthcare bill – is basically demanding that someone take Trump’s phone away from him…
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
Lindsey Graham can’t believe it…
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
Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) is begging Trump to stop and wants the President to know that this simply “isn’t normal” behavior from someone who is sane …
Please just stop. This isn't normal and it's beneath the dignity of your office.
— Ben Sasse (@BenSasse) June 29, 2017
Paul Ryan notes that what Trump said was “obviously” batshit crazy…
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
John McCain had this to say:
I’m just embarrassed–embarrassed isn’t the right word–I just regret it.
John’s daughter said this:
I do not think making fun of a woman's looks is acceptable. I get it every day of my life. I think that tweet is cruel – and unpresidential
— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) June 29, 2017
And then there’s the Democrats…
Mocks people w mental illness. Cheerleads effort to end their insurance.
Not sure how much more monstrous this can get. https://t.co/S9op7qhCPN
— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) June 29, 2017
Since our President clearly has a problem with women, let's send more to Congress. Women of America, you need to run! RT if you agree.
— Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) June 29, 2017
If anyone on my staff did this they would be fired instantly. https://t.co/w83RmSbidJ
— Brian Schatz (@brianschatz) June 29, 2017
I want my GOP colleagues to explain to my 3 granddaughters why they think these viciously sexist comments are acceptable from our President. https://t.co/C0C4GJaYks
— Rep. Barbara Lee (@RepBarbaraLee) June 29, 2017
Meanwhile, Melania thinks it’s fine. “As the First Lady has stated publicly in the past, when her husband gets attacked, he will punch back 10 times harder,” her spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said in a statement.
And Sarah Huckabee Sanders thinks it’s ok too, despite the fact that her father was appalled when SNL called her the daughter of “a big southern hamburger”:
— Fox News (@FoxNews) June 29, 2017
Sure, Sarah. Just wait until he gets pissed off at you and calls you a “disgusting pig.”
So I guess the question for Trump now, is best articulated by Will Ferrell’s Allen Gamble:
Oh, and in case America needed one more slap in the face from Trump on Thursday, this just crossed:
BREAKING: White House confirms President Trump to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin at G20 summit next week in Germany.
— The Associated Press (@AP) June 29, 2017