Where President Trump's 'Face-Lift' Tweets Fit in Presidential History

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On Thursday morning, President Donald Trump came under fire for describing Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, the hosts of MSNBC's Morning Joe, as "Psycho Joe" and "low I.Q. Crazy Mika" and claiming that he declined to spend time with them at Mar-a-Lago around New Year's Eve and that she was "bleeding badly from a face-lift" at the time.

The President's tweets — which are considered official presidential statements — quickly drew backlash from Brzezinski herself, Trump's fellow Republicans and others,many of whom said that a statement like that is "beneath the office," as Sen. Lindsey Graham put it, and rare in presidential history.

But, in the scope of that history, it's not necessarily what Trump said that makes his comments unusual, but how he chose to say it. Twitter, in short, allows the President to broadcast to the world the kinds of things that his predecessors said privately, or at least through the filter of the press.




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