Yesterday via Twitter, the President of the United States unleashed a vengeful string of epithets and accusations at a pair of reporters who had been critical of him, mocking their intelligence, sanity, and appearance while spouting two proven lies.

Today, the hosts of MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, are striking back at President Trump.

In a jointly written op-ed for the Washington Post, entitled “Donald Trump is not well,” the pair set the record straight on what they call the “president’s unhealthy obsession with our show” and his bizarre and disproven assertion that Brzezinski was “bleeding badly from a face-lift.” (Brzezinski has never had a face-lift and photos from the time show contradict the claim.)

“It is disturbing that the president of the United States keeps up his unrelenting assault on women,” Scarborough and Brzezinski write. “From his menstruation musings about Megyn Kelly, to his fat-shaming treatment of a former Miss Universe, to his braggadocio claims about grabbing women’s genitalia, the 45th president is setting the poorest of standards for our children.”

While critiques of Trump’s rampant and overt misogyny are nothing new, the piece lobs fresh accusations that the President used his tabloid connections to threaten the pair.

“This year, top White House staff members warned that the National Enquirer was planning to publish a negative article about us unless we begged the president to have the story spiked,” they write. “We ignored their desperate pleas.”

The accusation is easy to miss in the piece designed chiefly as a defense of against Trump’s crude and baseless assault, but it adds another piece to the puzzle of a man who seems to be running the Oval Office like a fledgling wannabe mob enforcer.

In closing, Brzezinski and Scarborough acknowledge having “fond memories” from a decades-long relationship with Trump, adding that they “have noticed a change in his behavior” of late.

“The Donald Trump we knew before the campaign was a flawed character but one who still seemed capable of keeping his worst instincts in check,” they write. Now, with the world’s most powerful military at his disposal, it seems those worst instincts have consumed him.

There is no understating the serious concerns around the mental instability of the most powerful man on the planet. And while Brzezinski and Scarborough say they have heard “a number of Republican lawmakers call out Mr. Trump for his offensive words,” they have yet to show the courage to do anything about the threat he poses to our Republic and planet./ SHEILA NORTON

We are still waiting.

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