‘Dumb as a rock Mika’: Donald Trump back on attack against Morning Joe hosts

President issues new abuse of MSNBC hosts Scarborough and Brzezinski and says Greta van Susteren fired for refusing to go along w/ Trump hate!

Donald Trump aimed a series of tweets at familiar targets on Saturday, complaining about the media and so-called voter fraud but saving his most direct fire for MSNBC hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough, the subjects of a fierce controversy over online bullying, sexism and accusations of White House blackmail.

The president sent his tweets from his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, where he was spending the Fourth of July holiday. He began with best wishes to Canada on its national holiday then continued with another attack on the hosts of the weekday news show Morning Joe.

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 wrote. Too bad!

The president first attacked Brzezinski on Thursday, describing her as low IQ Crazy Mika and claiming she had been bleeding badly from a face-lift during a meeting at Mar-a-Lago, the presidents Florida resort, last New Years Eve.

His tweets drew immediate and widespread condemnation from across the political spectrum and the media landscape.

On Friday, in a co-bylined editorial in the Washington Post and on their show, Brzezinski and Scarborough, who are engaged to be married, accused White House staff members of blackmail.

Friday on Morning Joe, Scarborough claimed several top White House staffers had warned him that an article in the National Enquirer, a tabloid controlled by Trump ally David Pecker, would unmask the couples relationship.

The officials, he said, told him Trump could arrange for the negative story to be pulled if the MSNBC host called the president to apologize for critical coverage of the administration.

Mika Brzezinski in the lobby at Trump Tower, in November after the election. Photograph: Evan Vucci/AP

Trump pushed back on Twitter, claiming Scarborough had called him to quash the story. I said no! Bad show. the president wrote.

In the Post, the couple wrote: The Donald Trump we knew before the campaign was a flawed character but one who still seemed capable of keeping his worst instincts in check.

On Saturday Trump continued his attack on the couples intellect and mental health allowing the exception that they are not bad people.

The president, who has called the news media the enemy of the American people, routinely bashes newspapers and networks as purveyors of fake news while closely observing developments in the industry.

His commentary on Saturday reflected such interest. The president bemoaned the departure of Greta van Susteren, a former Fox News host, who traded the conservative network for the liberal- slanted MSNBC just six months ago.

Word is, he wrote, that Greta van Susteren was let go by her out of control bosses at NBC & Comcast because she refused to go along w[ith] Trump hate!

Van Susteren made the announcement on Thursday, after less than six months with the network, tweeting: Im out at MSNBC.

Trump also claimed victory in a longstanding feud with CNN after the network accepted the resignations of three journalists involved in a story about a supposed investigation into a pre-inaugural meeting between an associate of Donald Trump and the head of a Russian investment fund. CNN retracted the story and said it did not meet the networks editorial standards.

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