Editorial: Trump's Twitter trades are hurting his presidency
Despite occupying the most powerful office in the world, Donald Trump continues to attack his critics, often displaying and highlighting his own misogyny and his obsession with revenge.
His uncontrolled tweeting tendency is unpresidential and contributes very little to his governing ability.
His Thursday Twitter tirade against MSNBC critics is the latest display of his personality fault and dangerous tendency.
Trump's tweets Thursday began: "I heard poorly rate @Morning_Joe speaks badly of me (don't watch anymore). Then how come low I.Q. Crazy Mike, along with Psycho Joe, came ..."
And concluded with: "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 fact-lift. I said no!"
This is not the first time Trump has launched into sexist comments against his competitors and/or critics.
During the 2016 Republican primary campaign, Trump said this about GOP candidate Carly Fiorina. "Look at that face! Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president?!"
Also in the 2016 presidential campaign when Fox News journalist Megyn Kelly questioned him about his crude comments about women in general, Trump only smirked and said "Only Rosie O'Donnell."
The next day, Trump proceeded to malign Kelly, stating "She had blood coming out of her eyes, she had blood coming out of her wherever."
The White House defended Trump's Thursday rant, claiming the president was "fighting fire with fire."
White House deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, "I think he's been very clear that when he gets attacked, he is going to hit back."
The response against Trump's latest tweetstorm has been bipartisan and universal.
The New York Post's front page Friday was a large photograph of an American eagle with a bowed head and the simple headline, "Humiliation."
Two Republican senators classified Trump's MSNBC tweet Thursday as "beneath the dignity" of the White House.
Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-California, said the tweets are "beneath the dignity" of the office and "so blatantly sexist I don't even know that there's any question about it."
Other Republican senators responded more harshly.
"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," tweeted Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine.
"Mr. President, your tweet was beneath the office and represents what is wrong with American politics, not the greatness of America," said Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina.
"Please just stop. This isn't normal and it's beneath the dignity of your office.," said Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Nebraska.
Democrats were equally critical of Trump's MSNBC tweets:
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., said Trump's tweets were "absolutely disgusting."
Pelosi also called his MSNBC tweets, "so blatantly sexist I don't even know that there's any question about it."
Rep. Lois Frankel, D-Florida, called Trump the "cyber bully in chief."
Trump often turns to morning raging after watching morning news shows and reacts with tweet attacks upon his critics and/or political opponents.
Criticism of his political opponents or his media critics is acceptable. Unfortunately, Trump has a bad habit of resorting to personal insults, especially attacking his women targets with crude comments. In fact, his insults are often vile.
A recent poll said more than 60 percent of Americans do not believe Trump has the right temperament to be president.
The reality of Trump's cyber-bullying tweet attacks is that he continually distracts himself and, in turn, hurts his own governing agenda of fixing health care, strengthening our military, creating new jobs or other Trump priorities.
Rep. David Cicilline, D-Rhode Island, tweeted this response: "If anyone can tell me how these sexist attacks are going to create jobs or make healthcare better, let me know."
Sen. Mike Rounds, R-South Dakota, said simply that Trump's recent tweet atack " ... most certainly is not helpful."
Trump needs to cease his constant daily self-promotion and revenge tweet attacks. His job as president is focus each and every day on governing for the betterment of America and each and every citizen.