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Washington - In Tweet Blitz, Trump Again Attacks MSNBC Hosts, Defends His Use Of Social Media

Published on: July 1, 2017 11:00 PM
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Washington - President Donald Trump escalated an intensely personal feud with two high-profile talk show hosts Saturday, suggesting without evidence that their network is biased against him.

The president’s stream of insults has pained politicians from both parties who have appealed to him, without apparent success, to stop the 140-character bursts of character attacks and focus on running the country. Saturday evening, Trump was at it again.

Trump lashed out at Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, co-hosts of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” on Twitter earlier Saturday. From his New Jersey golf club, he said: “Crazy Joe Scarborough and dumb as a rock Mika are not bad people, but their low rated show is dominated by their NBC bosses.”

Trump also said that Greta Van Susteren lost her nightly show on MSNBC because she “refused to go along w/ ‘Trump hate!’” MSNBC confirmed this week that Van Susteren, previously a longtime anchor at Fox News, was being replaced.

NBC declined comment on all the tweets Saturday from the president. “Morning Joe” just finished the highest-rated quarter in the show’s history. MSNBC never officially gave a reason for replacing Van Susteren’s show; it did, however, lag in the ratings compared with the network’s other shows.

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Later in the day, Trump renewed his screed against the media.

“The FAKE & FRAUDULENT NEWS MEDIA is working hard to convince Republicans and others I should not use social media - but remember, I won the 2016 election with interviews, speeches and social media. I had to beat #FakeNews, and did. We will continue to WIN!” Trump said on Twitter.

And he said he was thinking about “changing the name of #FakeNewsCNN to #FraudNewsCNN.”

Trump drew broad condemnation for his tweets on Thursday calling Brzezinski “crazy” and saying she was “bleeding badly from a face-lift” when he saw them at his Florida estate. The comment was decried as sexist and vulgar by many Democrats and Republicans.

The MSNBC personalities said Friday that Trump was lying about their December encounter and they questioned his “unhealthy obsession” with their program. The hosts, who are a couple onscreen and off, also said the White House told them a damaging National Enquirer story about their relationship would “go away” if they called the president and apologized for harsh commentary. Trump quickly disputed the claim on Twitter.

Trump’s continued focus on cable television comes as Republicans are struggling to find agreement on a health care overhaul, a key promise from the president and GOP lawmakers. And Trump is heading to the annual Group of 20 meeting this week, where he will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin, a high-stakes encounter that could put Trump’s “America First” policy to the test.

Trump also tweeted angrily at CNN on Saturday, saying the network, which he has long pilloried, “has finally been exposed as #FakeNews and garbage journalism.”

CNN recently accepted the resignations of three employees involved in a retracted story about a supposed investigation into a pre-inaugural meeting between a Trump associate and the head of a Russian investment fund. The network had no comment on Saturday’s tweet.



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 Jul 01, 2017 at 11:41 PM Anonymous Says:

Moan & Groan. Again. #MAGA

This is what the USA voting system has given the world.

Golf, Twitter, Repeat.

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 Jul 02, 2017 at 01:29 AM Longwave Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Moan & Groan. Again. #MAGA

This is what the USA voting system has given the world.

Golf, Twitter, Repeat.

You would prefer Hillary? A true Soneh Yisrael? She invented the building freeze when she was in the state department.She was also for the Iran Deal that can still destroy Eretz Yisroel.

Shouldn't the Jewish people be your first consideration? Instead you cry like a snowflake that a real person has become POTUS.

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 Jul 02, 2017 at 07:22 AM Anonymous Says:

Hey USA! Just read your president's weekend tweets Your president is MENTAL! Men-tal. Loony-bin wacko funny-farm lifer mental!

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 Jul 02, 2017 at 08:22 AM Educated Archy Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Moan & Groan. Again. #MAGA

This is what the USA voting system has given the world.

Golf, Twitter, Repeat.

Yup nevertheless he will and is already making us great again . I have listed his many accomplishments in prior posts . Thank the lord this is who we elected

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 Jul 02, 2017 at 08:27 AM Educated Archy Says:

I'll admit I don't watch cable so I can't talk for MSNBC . But I will suggest with evidence that NPR which isn't a public radio paid for by the government is extremely biased . It's blantely clear their goal is to dump trump . Brian Lehrer and kail rite from the United. States of anxiety will admit it straight out . They don't even try that hide it . And this is a radio station paid for by our public tax dollars . So very sad and messed up

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 Jul 02, 2017 at 10:49 AM Anonymous Says:

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Longwave Says:

You would prefer Hillary? A true Soneh Yisrael? She invented the building freeze when she was in the state department.She was also for the Iran Deal that can still destroy Eretz Yisroel.

Shouldn't the Jewish people be your first consideration? Instead you cry like a snowflake that a real person has become POTUS.

The building freeze was "invented" by President George HW Bush ~1990.

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 Jul 02, 2017 at 10:57 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #2  
Longwave Says:

You would prefer Hillary? A true Soneh Yisrael? She invented the building freeze when she was in the state department.She was also for the Iran Deal that can still destroy Eretz Yisroel.

Shouldn't the Jewish people be your first consideration? Instead you cry like a snowflake that a real person has become POTUS.

Q: "Shouldn't the Jewish people be your first consideration?"

A: In US politics, US citizens should be your first consideration, not foreigners half way around the world who would just love to put the lives of US soldiers at risk for their own gain. As for, Israeli Zionists, feh.

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 Jul 02, 2017 at 03:50 PM yaakov doe Says:

Reply to #2  
Longwave Says:

You would prefer Hillary? A true Soneh Yisrael? She invented the building freeze when she was in the state department.She was also for the Iran Deal that can still destroy Eretz Yisroel.

Shouldn't the Jewish people be your first consideration? Instead you cry like a snowflake that a real person has become POTUS.

A real person? What were all the other Presidents? I have never met an adult who has tantrums like Trump. And his short

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