A day after Senator Kirsten Gillibrand suggested that Donald Trump should resign due to dozens of allegations of sexual assault that have been lodged against him, Trump responded via Twitter with this:
Lightweight Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a total flunky for Chuck Schumer and someone who would come to my office “begging” for campaign contributions not so long ago (and would do anything for them), is now in the ring fighting against Trump. Very disloyal to Bill & Crooked-USED!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 12, 2017
On Morning Joe, co-host Mika Brzezinski read the tweet aloud and then lit into Trump with righteous outrage:
“I just want to say something beyond the fact that is reprehensible that the president of the United States would say something so derogatory and disgusting about a woman. We’re not surprised, Mr. President, you do it all the time. You treat women terribly and you treat the women around you even worse. You treat women like punching bags because it’s fun for you, because you are intimidated by women. That’s your problem, OK, but for the people who work for you, you need to act. Sarah Huckabee Sanders, good luck today in the briefing. Don’t lie, and do not defend the president of the United States for what he did. If you do, you have no — you should resign.”
Elise Jordan, who was a guest on the show, agreed completely with Brzezinski, adding:
“It just makes my blood boil, it makes my blood boil. Kirsten Gillibrand may be on the other side of the political aisle, but she’s a class act, she’s a brilliant woman, she’s had a great career. She’s an inspiration, and he’s trying to silence her by insinuating, in parentheses, (she) would do anything — it’s so gross and beneath the office.”
Brzezinski then said what almost every person in the world must have been thinking when they read Trump’s attack on Gillibrand:
“You can just be sure that the fact the three of us here are literally shaking in anger, that tweet meant a lot. That tweet said so much about his character. That tweet said so much about how this White House is run. That tweet was one of the worst things I’ve seen so far in this presidency, actually.”
Trump’s tweet also suggests that Gillibrand hit a nerve and the guilty president responded out of rage. Trump may pretend he’s not worried about the Russia investigation and #MeToo movement, but his own words prove otherwise.
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