A MSNBC "Morning Joe" panel came to the defense of the show's hosts, Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, Friday morning, expressing outrage at a pair of tweets posted Thursday by President Donald Trump that attacked the pair's intelligence and claiming Brzezinski had tried to visit him with a face bloodied after a face-lift.
The couple, who announced their engagement this spring, was to have gone on a holiday weekend vacation, but planned to make an appearance on the show to respond to Trump's tweets, after posting an opinion piece in The Washington Post.
"I asked Mika to come in because she does not need me or anyone else to defend her," show co-host Willie Geist commented, while opening the show. "Mika is smart, she's strong. She makes people in power uncomfortable, and she fears absolutely no one."
But another show guest, Donny Deutsch, an advertising executive who is a frequent guest on the show, did not mince words, saying he was going to "go low" because Trump had gone low with his tweets.
"He picked the wrong schoolyard to come into," said Deutsch. "I'm not an employee of NBC. Mika's a friend, a good woman, a great mom. He's a pig. He's a vulgar pig."
"Michelle Obama says when they go low, we go high," Deutsch continued. "He goes low, I'm going low. He's physically disgusting to look at. That's what I find ironic about the way he always starts to go after other people's physical attributes."
Trump, he continued, is "not mentally okay" and it's time to pay attention to it.
"He's disgusting to look at," Deutsch continued. "Enough is enough with this disgusting vulgar man, to talk about women that way. You physically look like you do, beyond the stupidity, you're a pig, you're a bully, you're doing disgusting things to this country. Maybe it's time to stop tippy toeing.
"He goes after a woman, a friend. He is a vulgar human being, he's vulgar to look at, disgusting the way he behaves himself as a president, I'm sorry, I probably won't be on your show again."
Katty Kay, an anchor for BBC America who is a frequent show guest, said it's hard to see the tweets "as anything other than sexist and vicious."
"He was incredibly personal," said Kay. "He used the office of the presidency to launch an attack against a television anchor who every morning does her job. He did it in a way that was vindictive and bullying. Even Republicans would agree with everything I just said. It's hard to conclude anything else."
The comments, she continued, "shows us a lot about his temperament. He criticizes people who go after him."
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