Blackburn bashes Trump for ‘inappropriate and pointless’ tweets

U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, usually a staunch supporter of President Trump, has denounced as “inappropriate and pointless” recent Trump tweets bashing two TV show hosts. Several other Republicans have done the same.

Blackburn’s comment came in a Facebook Post, HERE, that was also distributed to media and published in the Clarksville Leaf-Chronicle HERE. Michael Collins provides some excerpts:

The Brentwood Republican lamented that civil debate over policy disagreements has taken a back seat to “thin-skin and knee-jerk reactions to hyper-partisan comments and, unfortunately, unfounded character attacks.”

“In this era of 24/7 worldwide news, the president of the United States represents each and every one of us on the world stage,” Blackburn wrote. “We are right to expect a higher level of civility, graciousness and diplomacy from our president. We expect the individual who holds the office and the title to rise above the hubris and noise of the day.”

“While the president is human and fallible like the rest of us, this current trend needs to stop,” Blackburn continued. “This week’s tweets were a step too far, regardless of what personal exchanges or insults had been hurled.”

Politico has a lengthy report on other Republican critics of the tweets. An excerpt:

In a two-part tweet, Trump said he “heard poorly rated @Morning_Joe speaks badly of me (don’t watch anymore).” He then went on to hit (host Mika) Brzezinski: “how come low I.Q. Crazy Mika, along with Psycho Joe, came … 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 face-lift. I said no!”

… “Obviously, I don’t see that as an appropriate comment,” House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said Thursday during his weekly press conference, adding, “Look, what we’re trying to do around here is improve the tone, the civility of the debate, and this obviously doesn’t help do that.”

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) went further, tweeting, “Mr. President, your tweet was beneath the office and represents what is wrong with American politics, not the greatness of America.”

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