This morning, Trump’s itchy Twitter fingers have struck again, giving us a wake-up jolt as he tweeted: “I heard poorly rated Morning_Joe speaks badly of me (don’t watch anymore). 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!”
I heard poorly rated @Morning_Joe speaks badly of me (don’t watch anymore). Then how come low I.Q. Crazy Mika, along with Psycho Joe, came..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 29, 2017
…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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 29, 2017
The response has been immediate and furious with outlets from CNN to the Washington Post condemning his comments as sexist, vulgar, and unbecoming of a President. Some of Trump’s fellow Republicans also criticized his remarks with Speaker Paul Ryan calling them “inappropriate”, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) saying they were “beneath the office of the Presidency”, and Senator Suzanne Collins (R-ME) claiming she was “dismayed and disappointed.”
Many others from Democrats and Republicans to most mainstream media networks, even Fox News, have also condemned what Trump tweeted. It is uncertain what exactly provoked Trump’s tweet about “Morning Joe” but it could have been for many reasons including them calling Trump a”jackass”, questioning his mental health, and depicting Trump in scenes of nuclear war, drug use, and riots in a recent movie promoting Scarborough’s new rock album. Or perhaps it was their coverage of the story about Trump’s fake Time magazine covers and their mocking of Trump’s “tiny hands.”
From the get go, I’d like to also express my disapproval of Trump’s tweets. Although they certainly were not unprovoked, a President should know better than to engage every single liberal troll and especially respond in kind. From the very beginning, Trump has engaged in such spats in a tit-for-tat manner, confirmed by his own wife, Melania Trump, after her spokesperson said that when Trump gets attacked, he will punch back ten times harder. Deputy White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee-Sanders backed this up by saying Trump “fights fire with fire” and wouldn’t himself to be bullied by the liberal media or Hollywood elites.
But is this kind of method the best response? It is certainly not out-of character for Trump but after incidents like the shooting of Congressman Steve Scalise, we need more civility, not less. Trump’s comments haven’t lent a single beneficial iota to the debate in Washington and only serve to provide more kindling to the fire of incivility in our present political world. Trump could’ve criticized the “Morning Joe” hosts in many other ways including perhaps highlighting how nasty and bitter they have become but instead, he took the low road by calling them names and mocking Mika’s appearance.
But while Trump shouldn’t have made those tweets, the media’s righteous outrage is pathetic at best, given the enormity of insults flung at Trump from the other direction. First, there’s the still cringe worthy remarks Stephen Colbert made about Trump, filled with expletives and obscene descriptions that should have never been said, and even Colbert later admitted maybe went too far. Or there’s the time that Johnny Depp joked about the assassination of Donald Trump, although to his credit, he did later apologize. And who would forget what Kathy Griffin did with her disgusting depiction of a beheaded Trump that got her even fired from CNN. Speaking of CNN, there’s also that CNN host who called Trump “a piece of sh*t” on Twitter.
This list of insults made against President Trump doesn’t even begin to delve into the ones made every day by journalists, reporters, members of the public, and entertainers that do not make the news like these did. However, I think these obscene remarks already successfully paint a picture that depicts Trump under constant attack. Trump’s remarks were certainly inappropriate but they were in response to an equally inappropriate salvo coming from the Left. Not to mention, many of these people are in similar positions to Trump. They may not be President of the United States but as actors, actresses, public figures, and entertainers, they have certain standards of professionalism and are expected to find the fine line between inappropriately hilarious and grossly crude.
Furthermore, their comments and remarks were far worse than the ones Trump made. Trump’s comments about Mika’s face lift may have been demeaning to her looks but remember, she previously was mocking his hand size. And calling someone a psycho isn’t the same as saying they should be killed or staging a mock execution of them. The intolerant Left apparently has no stomach for intolerance against their own, but no problem with attacks on Trump and his family. They cry foul when Trump makes a remark that could be construed in even the slightest misogynistic way, yet look the other way when people make inappropriate, crude, or mocking comments about Melania Trump, Ivanka Trump, and the female members of his administration like Sarah Huckabee-Sanders or Kellyanne Conway.
If the media and Hollywood really wanted Trump to be civil, perhaps they could stop with all the name calling and assassination wishes. It’s one thing to criticizes a President’s policies and decision making but its another thing to demand their head be stuck on a stake. However, this is a free country and very little stands in the way of their continued mockery of Trump. But if Hollywood and the media want to continue to mock Trump and his family, they can’t complain when he hits back.
It takes two to start a fight but only one to stop it.
Follow Publius Tacitus on Twitter at @PCTacitus