US President Donald Trump has insulted a female TV news host, in a Twitter attack that drawn strong criticism including from fellow Republicans.
In the post he called Mira Brzezinski “crazy” and alleged she had been bleeding at one point from a facelift.
Trump took fierce aim at the hosts of the MSNBC program Morning Joe, Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski.
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The Republican president said Brzezinski had “low I.Q. Crazy Mika” and said she was “bleeding badly from a face-lift” when she visited one of his properties around New Year’s Eve.
He referred to former Republican US congressman Scarborough as “Psycho Joe.”
Trump is known for his prolific Twitter habit, which includes mocking attacks on critics and rivals, but this tweet has drawn a strong response.
“It’s a sad day for America when the president spends his time bullying, lying and spewing petty personal attacks instead of doing his job,” MSNBC’s communications office said on Twitter.
Brzezinski critised the Trump administration and said its officials should not act “lobotomised” because they are so scared of the president.
Republican lawmakers and others sharply rebuked Trump.
The tweets “represents what is wrong with American politics, not the greatness of America,” said Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, while another, Ben Sasse, called Trump’s remarks “beneath the dignity of your office.”
“I don’t see that as an appropriate comment,” Republican House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan said of Trump’s tweets.
White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders defended his tweets.
“I don’t think that the president has ever been someone that gets attacked and doesn’t push back,” she told Fox News Channel.