President Trump drew widespread condemnation on Thursday for a series of early-morning tweets in which he attacked the television host Mika Brzezinski, calling her “low I.Q. Crazy Mika” and referring to a past meeting during which he claimed “she was bleeding badly from a face-lift.”
The tweets were posted shortly before the end of Mika Brzezinski’s show on MSNBC, “Morning Joe,” and also attacked one of her co-hosts, Joe Scarborough, a former Republican congressman.
It was far from the first time the president had criticized the news media or publicly attacked a woman using crude, graphic or demeaning language. It was also far from Mr. Trump’s first entanglement with Ms. Brzezinski and Mr. Scarborough, who are engaged to be married.
Until relatively recently, the president had a friendly relationship with the hosts, who were criticized during the campaign for their closeness to the candidate.
That seems like a long time ago now. In recent months, the pair have excoriated Mr. Trump on the air, denouncing his behavior and questioning his mental health — criticisms the president views as a personal betrayal, according to a senior administration official.
Shortly before he attacked Ms. Brzezinski on Thursday, she told viewers that Mr. Trump was “lying every day and destroying the country.”