House Speaker Paul Ryan on Thursday said President Trump’s Twitter attack on “Morning Joe” host Mika Brzezinski doesn’t “improve the tone” of the political debate.
The Wisconsin Republican said he doesn’t see the comment about Brzezinski “bleeding badly from a face-lift” “as an appropriate comment.”
“What we’re trying to do around here is improve the tone and civility of the debate — and this obviously doesn’t help do that,” he said during a press briefing about sanctuary cities at the Capitol.
Other Republicans also lashed out at Trump, saying his tweetstorm is beneath the dignity of the office.
“Mr. President, your tweet was beneath the office and represents what is wrong with American politics, not the greatness of America,” wrote Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC).
Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) urged the president to “Please just stop.”
“This isn’t normal and it’s beneath the dignity of your office,” he wrote on Twitter.
Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) echoed Sasse.
“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,” she said.
Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) warned Trump about shooting off on Twitter.
“It’s incumbent on all of us, then — from the President to Congress on down — to be responsible for our speech,” he wrote.
Sen. James Lankford said he had been in a hearing with the US Capitol Police about safety after the shooting of Rep. Steve Scalise and several other Republican lawmakers at a ball field in Virginia by an Illinois man with a grudge against the GOP.
“The President’s tweets today don’t help our political or national discourse and it does not provide a positive role model for our national dialogue,” Lankford (R-Okla.) said in a statement.
Rep. Tom Reed suggested that Trump’s tirade against Brzezinski and co-host and fiance Joe Scarborough might be a tactic to distract from other issues.
“Maybe the intent is to distract from the health care debate,” Reed (R-NY) said on CNN.
“But I want to be part of the debate that’s impacting the American people. When it comes to health care, tax reform, that’s where our conversation should be and that’s where I try to lend my voice each and every day.”
Earlier Thursday, Trump tweeted out about the hosts.
”I heard poorly rated @Morning_Joe speaks badly of me (don’t watch anymore). Then how come low I.Q. Crazy Mika, along…