Brzezinski fires back at Trump after he lashes out at 'Morning Joe': 'I'm sad and disgusted'

MSNBC "Morning Joe" co-anchor Mika BrzezinskiMika Emilie BrzezinskiMattis: 'I don't know how I could have spoken more loudly' against Trump than by quitting In three years of Trump's presidency, who has branded whom? Brzezinski fires back at Trump after he lashes out at 'Morning Joe': 'I'm sad and disgusted' MORE on Tuesday denounced the "pathetic politicians" who don't stand up to what she called President TrumpDonald John TrumpJulián Castro: It's time for House Democrats to 'do something' about Trump Warren: Congress is 'complicit' with Trump 'by failing to act' Sanders to join teachers, auto workers striking in Midwest MORE's racism after the president lambasted the program in an early-morning tweet. 

Trump decried the MSNBC program that has repeatedly criticized his administration, claiming that people were "tired of hearing Fake News delivered with an anger."

Brzezinski responded to the comments on-air, saying that Trump "really ought to find something else to do in the morning."

"It’s just not healthy," she added. "He’s saying that there’s anger on the show. My anger? No, I’m not angry. Don’t worry, Donald, I’m not angry. I’m sad and disgusted when pathetic politicians don’t stand up to your racism. Your racism. They’re too afraid to. That’s sad and that’s unbelievably pathetic to watch. And it’s really bad for our country."

"Make sure you understand the emotion you’re seeing here. It’s really sad," she continued, before again knocking lawmakers that she said "suck up" to the president. 

The comments from Brzezinski came as Trump continued to ramp up his attacks against Rep. Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsFederal agency to resume processing some deferred-action requests for migrants Overnight Defense: Trump says he has 'many options' on Iran | Hostage negotiator chosen for national security adviser | Senate Dems block funding bill | Documents show Pentagon spent at least 4K at Trump's Scotland resort Top Oversight Democrat demands immigration brass testify MORE (D-Md.) and the Baltimore-area district he represents. Trump has called Cummings a "brutal bully" and his district a "rodent infested mess."

Many Democratic lawmakers derided the remarks as racist. 

Brzezinski and her husband and co-host, Joe ScarboroughCharles (Joe) Joseph ScarboroughJournalists, political heavyweights pay respects to Cokie Roberts: 'A pioneer for so many' MSNBC's Scarbrough credits Fox's Hemingway for prompting Kavanaugh correction in New York Times McConnell: 'Over-the-top' Moscow Mitch nickname effort to 'smear' me MORE, have been outspoken opponents of Trump and his administration throughout his time in the White House. 

Brzezinski earlier this month invoked her father, a Polish American who served as the national security adviser in President Carter's administration, while condemning a "send her back" chant that Trump presided over at a North Carolina campaign rally. 

Rally attendees chanted the phrase as Trump lashed out at Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarGOP Senate candidate said Republicans have 'dual loyalties' to Israel Hillicon Valley: Zuckerberg to meet with lawmakers | Big tech defends efforts against online extremism | Trump attends secretive Silicon Valley fundraiser | Omar urges Twitter to take action against Trump tweet Omar asks Twitter what it's doing in response to Trump spreading 'lies that put my life at risk' MORE (D-Minn.), a Somalian refugee who arrived in the U.S. as a child. Trump has since said that he disagreed with the chant. 

"Let me just tell you, we’re not just at a dangerous place," she said on "Morning Joe" at the time. "We’re at a place where things are boiling over. And this president is promulgating racism and violence."