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GOP senators: Trump attack on MSNBC hosts 'beneath the dignity' of his office

At least three GOP senators on Twitter assailed President Trump's Thursday morning attack on the hosts of MSNBC's "Morning Joe," saying the insults were "beneath the dignity" of the office of the president.

Republican Sens. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamMSNBC's Joy Reid pans Manchin, Sinema as the 'no progress caucus' Overnight Defense: Biden proposes 3B defense budget | Criticism comes in from left and right | Pentagon moves toward new screening for extremists Biden defense budget criticized by Republicans, progressives alike MORE (S.C.), Ben Sasse (Neb.) and Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsThe Hill's Morning Report - Biden assails 'epidemic' of gun violence amid SC, Texas shootings Biden-GOP infrastructure talks off to rocky start Moderate GOP senators and Biden clash at start of infrastructure debate MORE (Maine) joined a loud chorus on social media denouncing the president's latest tweets.

Trump attacked "Morning Joe" co-hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough in a pair of tweets, accusing Brzezinski of "bleeding badly from a face-lift" while she and Scarborough were visiting Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in December.

 

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The tweets were the latest in a series of attacks launched by Trump this week on several mainstream media outlets, including CNN, ABC, The New York Times and The Washington Post.

But the graphic claim that Brzezinski had undergone plastic surgery immediately prompted fierce criticism because of the personal and crude nature of the attack.

A spokesman for NBC News responded to Trump's attack shortly afterwards, writing on Twitter that "'it is beneath my dignity to respond to the President of the United States.'"