New England lawmakers are speaking out after President Donald Trump sent a series of tweets Thursday morning insulting MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski's appearance.
In the tweets Thursday morning, Trump went after Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough, both of whom have criticized the president on their show "Morning Joe."
Trump tweeted that "low I.Q. Crazy" Brzezinski was "bleeding badly from a face-lift" and said he refused to allow her to join him at Mar-a-Lago.
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New England's sole Republican senator, Susan Collins, reacted on Twitter before noon.
"This has to stop -- we all have a job -- 3 branches of gov't and media," she tweeted. "We don't have to get along, but we must show respect and civility."
U.S. Sen. Ed Markey said on Twitter that Trump's attack is because of his efforts to "stifle" the press.
"Today's tweets from Donald Trump are unpresidential and warrant an apology," he said.
Connecticut Congressman Jim Himes tweeted there wasn't a parent in American "who wouldn't punish their child for publicly humiliating a woman like this," adding, "I've never objected to the claim of American exceptionalism. I believe we have a unique decency and grace. Or...had."
U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) pointed out online that while Republicans in Congress may condemn Trump's behavior, "they will spend the rest of the day trying [to] end insurance for 22m [sic] Americans."
"Americans deserve a president, not a petty schoolyard bully," U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) tweeted. "These sexist comments have no place in the @WhiteHouse. Unhinged and shameful.
Maine U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree tweeted, ".@realDonaldTrump's attacks on media have sunk to new low. This constant distraction is hurting the ability of Rs & Ds to get work done."
"It's a sad day for America when the president spends his time bullying, lying and spewing petty personal attacks instead of doing his job."