Fox News anchor Julie Banderas pleaded with Republican National Committee Chairwoman Rhonda McDaniel to stop trying to defend President Donald Trump’s Thursday morning tweet attacking Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski.
Banderas opened by noting that she would love to start her segment with a serious policy discussion, but that instead she has “to start with the president’s tweets,” before reading out Trump’s two tweets from Thursday morning accusing Brzezinski of bleeding from the face following a facelift.
“How does the GOP get their message out, and work on their agenda when the president continues to send tweets like this one?” Banderas asked. “I mean, this one’s bad, it gets personal, he’s insulting a woman again.”
“It just doesn’t look good,” she said.
McDaniel replied with what has now become a typical defense of Trump’s vicious tweet attacking the appearance of a TV anchor: “the GOP and the president are completely focused on our agenda because, while we talk about tweets a lot, and I know that’s the news story today, people in my state and across this country are under the threat of losing their healthcare,” she said.
“This shouldn’t distract us from covering the things that Americans are focused on,” McDaniel added, before listing all the negative things the Morning Joe anchors have said about Trump.
“And today the president acted like a human and pushed back,” she said.
“Okay, you don’t need to stoop to the level, obviously,” Banderas interjected. “I don’t care who you are; you don’t stoop to the level of that.”
“That’s like me scolding my 4-year-old for using a bad word and then me repeating it,” she continued. “That’s just not how you run a country or you parent a 4-year-old.”
“I mean, I have to be honest, if you see this negative commentary on a show, change the channel, ignore it. That’s what I tell my kids when somebody’s mean to you, don’t fight back, just walk away,” Banderas added.
McDaniel responded that “it’s personal sometimes,” cited Kathy Griffin’s photoshoot with a model of Trump’s severed head, and again brought up the Morning Joe anchors’ harsh words for the president.
“People used to call President Obama stupid, people used to call him a Muslim, people used to call him under-qualified, a sellout to America, a hater of Israel,” Banderas shot back. “They called him every name in the book, but you didn’t see him lash out.”
“We have to focus on the issues,” McDaniel said, before launching into a diatribe on sanctuary cities.
Watch the exchange above, via Fox News.
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