President Trump’s full-throttled attack on the hosts of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” — his latest assault on the news media and its members — unleashed a wave of condemnation from Congress.
Republicans and Democrats from the Senate and House reacted strongly to the president’s Thursday-morning tweets, calling Trump’s language “vile,” “divisive” and “unpresidential.”
“Obviously, I don’t see that as an appropriate comment,” said House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.). “What we’re trying to do around here is improve the civility and tone of the debate, and this obviously does not do that.”
Trump’s tweets arrived three weeks after a 66-year-old from Illinois opened fire on members of Congress during a baseball practice in Alexandria, Va., wounding five including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), who was critically injured. The bloodshed prompted many in Congress to call for more civility, restraint and cooperation, an aim Ryan seemed to reference during a news conference Thursday.
It was echoed by numerous other members of Congress, who took to Twitter to rebuke Trump’s tweets.