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Mika Brzezinski Responds To Trump's Tweets: It's 'Really Sad For Our Country'

After President Donald Trump Tweeted a graphic and demeaning description of Mika Brzezinski, the MSNBC personality discussed the bizarre outburst on air Friday morning. "It’s been fascinating and frightening and really sad for our country," Brzezinski said.

"I'm fine," she later said. "My family brought me up really tough. This is absolutely nothing for me personally"—citing her father's recent death, her mother's two heart attacks and the death of her daughter's friend as more important matters on her mind—"But I’m very concerned about what this once again reveals about the president of the United States."

On Thursday morning, Trump insulted Brzezinski and her Morning Joe co-host and fiance Joe Scarborough:

The startling Tweets were distressing to Democrats and Republicans alike. Republican Senator Susan Collins said, "We don’t have to get along, but we must show respect and civility."

Brzezinski and Scarborough also wrote a op-ed in the Washington Post, headlined, "Donald Trump is not well." They give their version of events about the visit to Mar-a-Lago, saying the president invited them repeatedly, with Scarborough visiting one day and then both of them, at the president's request, visiting for 15 minutes on another:

Mr. Trump also claims that Mika was “bleeding badly from a face-lift.” That is also a lie.

Putting aside Mr. Trump’s never-ending obsession with women’s blood, Mika and her face were perfectly intact, as pictures from that night reveal. And though it is no one’s business, the president’s petulant personal attack against yet another woman’s looks compels us to report that Mika has never had a face-lift. If she had, it would be evident to anyone watching “Morning Joe” on their high-definition TV. She did have a little skin under her chin tweaked, but this was hardly a state secret. Her mother suggested she do so, and all those around her were aware of this mundane fact.

More significant is Mr. Trump’s continued mistreatment of women. It is disturbing that the president of the United States keeps up his unrelenting assault on women. From his menstruation musings about Megyn Kelly, to his fat-shaming treatment of a former Miss Universe, to his braggadocio claims about grabbing women’s genitalia, the 45th president is setting the poorest of standards for our children. We were heartened to hear a number of Republican lawmakers call out Mr. Trump for his offensive words and can only hope that the women who are closest to him will follow their examples. It would be the height of hypocrisy to claim the mantle of women’s empowerment while allowing a family member to continue such abusive conduct.

They also described how White House aides allegedly warned them that the National Enquirer was going to run an unflattering story about them "unless we begged the president to have the story spiked."

The National Enquirer denies involvement in any alleged threat against them.

Yesterday, First Lady Melania Trump's spokesperson said, "When her husband gets attacked, he will punch back 10 times harder," while White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders explained, "This is a President who fights fire with fire."

White House adviser Kellyanne Conway also supported Trump's Tweets, if not the actual message, "I endorse the president's right to fight back. When he is being mercilessly attacked and when the airwaves are filled with raw sewage about him and his fitness for office."

Scarborough said this morning, "We're okay, the country's not. Yesterday was just another example of how deeply personal he is. He attacks women because he fears women."

Trump, of course, had to comment:

Prompting:

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