White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Thursday defended tweets President Donald Trump wrote earlier in the day that included a sexist attack on MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski.
“I think the president has been attacked mercilessly on personal accounts by members of that program,” Sanders said, referring to MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “When he gets attacked, he’s going to hit back.”
Sanders repeated her initial defense of the tweet, arguing that Trump “fights fire with fire.”
“The things this show has called him, not just him but numerous members of his staff ... are very deeply personal,” she added, saying she thinks “it’s kind of like we’re living in the Twilight Zone.”
Sanders argued against the “Morning Joe” hosts’ treatment of Trump, saying it wasn’t the same for President Barack Obama.
“If these attacks happened in previous administration, the rest of the media would have said, ‘Guys, no way, hold on,’ but nobody does that,” Sanders said. “The president, he’s not gonna step back.”
NBC’s Kristen Welker pointed out that Trump helped lead attacks on Obama, fueling the birther movement throughout the 44th president’s tenure.
Sanders avoided addressing the birther issue.
“I don’t think you can expect someone to be personally attacked day after day, minute by minute and sit back,” Sanders said. “The American people elected a fighter, they didn’t elect somebody to sit back and do nothing.”
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Marc Thiessen, the George W. Bush speechwriter who now writes a column for the Washington Post op-ed page, is aghast at the Senate GOP’s health care bill. “Paying for a massive tax cut for the wealthy with cuts to health care for the most vulnerable Americans is morally reprehensible,” he says. “If Republicans want to confirm every liberal caricature of conservatism in a single piece of legislation, they could do no better than vote on the GOP bill in its current form.”
So often I hear the health-care crisis discussed in generalities and abstractions. “Premiums are skyrocketing.” “Deductibles are gargantuan.” “The co-pays are outrageous!” While that’s all true, that sort of talk is largely meaningless to me, and probably you as well.
I want to scream, “You have no idea!” So if you’ll indulge me, I’ll give you a concrete, albeit anecdotal, example of what “skyrocketing premiums,” “gargantuan deductibles,” and “outrageous co-pays” look like on the ground for a blue collar, middle-class truck driver.
Those of us who oppose Trump do not have that luxury.
So here's my loud and clear message to anyone who will listen -- the Russia investigation should be mainly left to the experts like Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
The rest of us can best undercut Trump by focusing on real issues that will bring voters back to the Democratic Party -- creating jobs, fighting poverty, battling addiction, defending democracy and human rights, winning health care for all