Updated 5:59 p.m. | Republican members of Congress criticized President Donald Trump for his comments about TV host Mika Brzezinski on Thursday.
Trump tweeted early in the day that he turned down a meeting with Brzezinski and her “Morning Joe” co-host Joe Scarborough because she was “bleeding badly from a face-lift.”
“Obviously, I don’t see that as an appropriate comment,” House Speaker Paul D. Ryan said at his weekly news conference when asked about Trump’s tweet. “Look, 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.”
Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois said it is incumbent upon everyone to “tone down this divisive political rhetoric.”
Adam Kinzinger (@RepKinzinger) June 29, 2017
South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, a frequent critic of the president, said the tweet was beneath Trump’s office.
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
The President’s tweets are beneath the dignity of his office. It needs to stop. #StopTheTwitterTantrums— Rep. Mike Coffman (@RepMikeCoffman) June 29, 2017
Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse, another Trump critic, tweeted “Please just stop,” adding that “this isn’t normal.”
Please just stop. This isn't normal and it's beneath the dignity of your office.— Ben Sasse (@BenSasse) June 29, 2017
Kansas Rep. Lynn Jenkins remarked that as a woman in politics, she is often criticized for her looks, while calling Trump’s remarks “not okay.”
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
Florida Rep. Carlos Curbelo didn’t address the president’s remarks directly, but said that leaders should set an example.
Americans agree we must work to build a better politics in our country; free of personal attacks & vitriol. Leaders must set the example— Carlos Curbelo (@carloslcurbelo) June 29, 2017
Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski tweeted: "The Presidential platform should be used for more than bringing people down."
Stop it! The Presidential platform should be used for more than bringing people down.— Sen. Lisa Murkowski (@lisamurkowski) June 29, 2017
@POTUS, do you want to be remembered for your tweets or your accomplishments?— Sen. Lisa Murkowski (@lisamurkowski) June 29, 2017
Democrats also piled on, expressing their disapproval of Trump’s words on Twitter.
Terri A. Sewell (@RepTerriSewell) June 29, 2017
Dwight Evans (@RepDwightEvans) June 29, 2017
Lloyd Doggett (@RepLloydDoggett) June 29, 2017
Surely we are better than this, Mr. President. https://t.co/6jpnQDffji— Paul Tonko (@RepPaulTonko) June 29, 2017
women ≠ objects bullying ≠ governing😞 — Paul Tonko (@RepPaulTonko) June 29, 2017
Two years ago this week, President Obama sang "Amazing Grace." Today, we have a president who's amazingly graceless. These tweets are vile. https://t.co/m9T4dErujb— Rep. Roybal-Allard (@RepRoybalAllard) June 29, 2017
Vile.Despicable. Disgraceful. https://t.co/m9T4dErujb — Rep. Roybal-Allard (@RepRoybalAllard) June 29, 2017
Far too many of the President's tweets are beneath the dignity of the office. This must stop. pic.twitter.com/iVjirOU315— John Garamendi (@RepGaramendi) June 29, 2017
Emanuel Cleaver (@repcleaver) 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