Why the shock and the awe?
Earlier on Thursday, in response to criticism from #MSNBC personalities Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, Donald Trump took to Twitter and offered up the following missive:
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!
His comments received the expected and designed outcome. The online commentariat, members of the professional chattering class and others responded with anger at his mean-spirited, childish, sexist and misogynist comments about Mika Brzezinski.
Trump is as Trump does. His comments about Brzezinski are a reflection of who he actually is. They should not surprise anyone. Donald Trump has bragged about sexually assaulting women by grabbing their vaginas without permission. He insulted Hillary Clinton during the campaign by making allusions to her menstruation. He has talked publicly about finding his own daughter sexually attractive and he overtly views women primarily as sex objects.
Later in the day, the White House doubled down on Trump’s comments. Trump mouthpiece Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump was a victim who was just defending himself against the “liberal” media. She added, “You can’t expect for that amount of attack and intensity to come on a president and he can never respond.” Sanders added that voters “knew what they were getting when they elected Donald Trump.” Melania Trump’s press secretary also chimed in: “As the First Lady has stated publicly, when her husband gets attacked, he will punch back 10 times harder.”