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Mika Brzezinski, Joe Scarborough mock Trump's 'unhealthy obsession with Morning Joe' after ugly tweets

On Thursday morning, President Trump tweeted some unkind things about the co-hosts of MSNBC's Morning Joe, Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough, saying he turned the pair away from Mar-a-Lago over the New Year and alleging that "low I.Q. Crazy Mika" was "bleeding badly from a face-lift." On Friday, Brzezinski and Scarborough responded in a Washington Post op-ed, and their more-in-sorrow-than-anger article included a rebuttal of Trump's tweets.

"Trump claims that we asked to join him at Mar-a-Lago three nights in a row," they wrote. "That is false. He also claimed that he refused to see us. That is laughable." It was the opposite, Brzezinski and Scarborough say — Trump invited them, insisting that Brzezinski come on the second night after she skipped the first. The face-lift jab "is also a lie," they said. "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." But they saved their best concern-trolling for Trump's claim that he no longer watches their show:

America's leaders and allies are asking themselves yet again whether this man is fit to be president. We have our doubts, but we are both certain that the man is not mentally equipped to continue watching our show, Morning Joe. ... The president's unhealthy obsession with Morning Joe does not serve the best interests of either his mental state or the country he runs. Despite his constant claims that he no longer watches the show, the president's closest advisers tell us otherwise. That is unfortunate. We believe it would be better for America and the rest of the world if he would keep his 60-inch-plus flat-screen TV tuned to Fox & Friends. [The Washington Post]

Brzezinski and Scarborough said that the Trump they have known for more than a decade has changed since running for president, and not in a good way. They applauded the Republican lawmakers who criticized Trump's misogynistic "West Wing temper tantrum" and said they "can only hope that the women who are closest to him will follow their examples." You can read the entire op-ed at The Washington Post.