MSNBC anchor team delays vacation to strike back at Pres. Trump’s tweets

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LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS -- Episode 509 -- Pictured: (l-r) Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski during an interview with host Seth Meyers on March 28, 2017 -- (Photo by: Lloyd Bishop/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

BOSTON — Morning Joe” hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski have postponed a vacation in order to respond to President Donald Trump’s Twitter attack, saying Trump’s claim that Brzezinski was “bleeding badly from a face-lift” in a December encounter was a lie.

MSNBC’s Willie Geist said Scarborough and Brzezinski skipped a Red Sox game Thursday because they didn’t want to become a public spectacle. They planned to be on their show Friday an hour after its 6 a.m. ET start.

But in a column posted on The Washington Post website, the MSNBC hosts said Trump’s “unhealthy obsession” with their show doesn’t serve either his mental state or the country well. In the op-ed, the anchors acknowledged making critical statements about Trump’s presidency, but said that “our concerns about his unmoored behavior go far beyond the personal.”

They added, “America’s leaders and allies are asking themselves yet again whether this man is fit to be president.”

“We have out doubts,” they wrote, “but we are both certain that the man is not mentally equipped to continue watching our show.”

They said Trump was lying about Brzezinski having a face-lift, although “she did have a little skin under her chin tweaked.”



President Donald Trump launched the crude Twitter attack on the brains, looks and temperament of a female TV personality Thursday, drawing bipartisan howls of outrage and leaving fellow Republicans beseeching him: Stop, please just stop.

Trump’s tweets aimed at MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski revived concerns about his views of women in a city where civility already is in short supply and he is struggling for any support he can get for his proposals on health care, immigration and other controversial issues.

The tweet:

“I heard poorly rated @Morning_Joe speaks badly of me (don’t watch anymore),” Trump tweeted to his nearly 33 million followers Thursday morning. “Then how come low I.Q. Crazy Mika, along with Psycho Joe, came to Mar-a-Lago 3 nights in a row around New Year’s Eve, and insisted on joining me. She was bleeding badly from a face-lift. I said no!”