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.
“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.
Please just stop. This isn't normal and it's beneath the dignity of your office.— Ben Sasse (@BenSasse) June 29, 2017
This has to stop – we all have a job – 3 branches of gov’t and media. We don’t have to get along, but we must show respect and civility.— Sen. Susan Collins (@SenatorCollins) June 29, 2017
If you can't stifle the press, then you attack them personally. Today's tweets from Donald Trump are unpresidential and warrant an apology.— Ed Markey (@SenMarkey) June 29, 2017
Mr. President, your tweet was beneath the office and represents what is wrong with American politics, not the greatness of America.— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) June 29, 2017
"Bleeding from the face," another attack on women, really? Enough is enough! Mr. President, you need to resign NOW!— Sheila Jackson Lee (@JacksonLeeTX18) June 29, 2017
This isn’t just about Trump. We already knew he has no respect for women. It’s also about the GOP – which continues to defend & support him.— Rep. Barbara Lee (@RepBarbaraLee) June 29, 2017
When leaders are bullies, it’s an implicit license to others – sexual harassers, white supremacists, islamophobes – to spread their hate.— Rep. Barbara Lee (@RepBarbaraLee) June 29, 2017
It’s up to everyone to reject this behavior. By not speaking out, my GOP colleagues are complicit in the sexism & bigotry incited by Trump.— Rep. Barbara Lee (@RepBarbaraLee) June 29, 2017
As I said a few weeks ago, we need civility and respect in our political discourse. POTUS's tweets this morning are the opposite of that— Erik Paulsen (@ErikPaulsen) June 29, 2017