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‘Mr. President, please grow up’: Lawmakers slam Trump’s ‘vile’ Mika Brzezinski tweets

Speaker Ryan reacts to Trump's “Morning Joe” tweets (Video: Reuters)

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.

Trump's long feud with Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, explained. (Video: Peter Stevenson/The Washington Post)