MSNBC producer shares 'Morning Joe' high ratings after criticism from Trump

MSNBC producer shares 'Morning Joe' high ratings after criticism from Trump

A senior producer on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" fired back at President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump defends Stephanopolous interview Trump defends Stephanopolous interview Buttigieg on offers of foreign intel: 'Just call the FBI' MORE's assertion on Saturday that the political morning show's ratings are dwindling.

"Just a reminder about the @Morning_Joe ratings," Jesse Rodriguez tweeted, linking to a statement from MSNBC earlier this week reporting that the show had posted its highest ever second quarter ratings this year.

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MSNBC and its flagship morning show in particular have become the targets of Trump's ire in recent days.

The president's latest Twitter broadside against the program and its hosts Joe ScarboroughCharles (Joe) Joseph ScarboroughO'Rourke: Biden would be a return to the past O'Rourke: Biden would be a return to the past Biden camp blasts 'baseless lies' about his health MORE and Mika BrzezinskiMika Emilie BrzezinskiScarborough: D-Day anniversary speech 'most powerful' of Trump's presidency Scarborough: D-Day anniversary speech 'most powerful' of Trump's presidency The Hill's 12:30 Report: McGahn inflames Dem divisions on impeachment MORE began on Thursday, when he insinuated that Brzezinski – whom he dubbed "low I.Q. Crazy Mika" – was "bleeding badly from a face-lift" when she and Scarborough visited Trump's Mar-a-Lago club in December.

In those tweets, as well as in another posted on Saturday morning, Trump claimed that the show is suffering from poor ratings, notably because of its allegedly negative coverage of him and his administration.

In fact, MSNBC has seen its ratings on the rise in recent months, beating Fox News in weekday night ratings in the highly coveted 25-54 demographic. 

No small part of that is due to MSNBC host Rachel Maddow, who holds the network's 9 p.m. slot.