Nearly four years after former President Donald Trump tweeted that Mika Brzezinski was “bleeding heavily from a face lift” when he last saw her, the 53-year-old Morning Joe host has claimed she laughed “uproariously” when she first read the insult. – while accusing the former president of being “obsessed” with her.
Brzezinski, 53, admits on a new episode of the Daily Beast podcast, “The New Abnormal,” that she had just had a chin-up and was still on painkillers when Trump summoned her and her co-host — now husband — Joe Scarborough to Mar-a-Lago on New Year’s Eve.
She said Trump overheard a conversation Brzezinski had with Melania about the surgery, but at the time he didn’t take offense, only boasting that his wife had never had plastic surgery.
Then, months later, after Brzezinski made critical remarks about Trump on MSNBC, the former president immediately pivoted and fired off a tweet that Mike now describes as “the funniest thing I’ve ever read.”
Flashback: After Mika Brzezinski, 53, criticized Trump on air in 2017, the then-president tweeted that “Crazy Mika” arrived at Mar-a-Lago “bleeding heavily from his facelift”
Tit behind the heart: Mika, Joe Scarborough and Trump once had a good relationship, but once the Morning Joe co-hosts started criticizing him, Trump became relentless in his insults.
He tweeted: “How come Low IQ Crazy Mika along with Psycho Joe came…to Mar-a-Lago 3 nights in a row around New Year’s Eve and insisted on joining me. She was bleeding profusely from the face lift. I said no!’
Brzezinski clarified that she did not have a face lift, but a chin lift, which is an outpatient procedure in which a doctor removes fat and tightens the skin around the chin.
“I went to Jupiter, Florida the week of New Year’s and I actually had a thing on the sides of my neck, I guess they call it a chin tuck,” she recalled.
“My neck felt like a turkey and I thought this is the last thing I’m going to do. That was the last thing!” she continued, saying that she told all her friends about the procedure and was not ashamed of it.
On the day of the surgery, Trump called Scarborough and asked him to come to Mar-a-Lago — but while Scarborough went alone, Trump kept asking where Brzezinski was.
“He’s like, ‘Where’s Mika?’ He’s always obsessed with me, ‘How’s Mika, where’s Mika?'” she recalled.
Trump insisted that she and Scarborough show up to a fundraiser he was hosting at Mar-a-Lago on New Year’s Eve, and while Scarborough suggested Brzezinski stay home — she was still a little woozy from pain pills — she said it would be in fine and she could only wear a turtleneck.
When they arrived, Brzezinski said the crowd was ‘facelift central’.
Older story: Brzezinski got chin lift four days before New Year’s and was in Trumps bedroom at Mar-a-Lago discussing it with Melania, who was ‘curious’
Not her: Trump stepped up and boasted: ‘Melania didn’t do any work. Is perfect’
Party: Brzezinski was still on painkillers but went to the party after Trump repeatedly insisted she come to visit
The pair searched for Trump and eventually he and Melania invited them into their bedroom.
“Melania and I started talking and I do what I do, which is tell people what I did,” she said, adding that “Melania was curious about it.”
“I’m talking to Melania about it, woman to woman, then Donald came in and said, ‘You know, Melania hasn’t done any work. She’s perfect.” I’m like, “That’s great.
Fast forward six months, and the Morning Joe co-hosts are talking about Trump on air, with Brzezinski calling him a “proven liar” and making fun of the size of his hands.
“The next thing I know, he’s getting mad because we’re being honest on air, and he’s tweeting,” she recalled.
Trump tweeted: “Heard bad @Morning_Joe talking bad about me (don’t watch).
“How come Crazy Mika with low IQ, along with Psycho Joe, came…to Mar-a-Lago 3 nights in a row around New Year’s Eve and insisted on joining me. She was bleeding profusely from the face lift. I said no!’
Brzezinski reflected on the tweets and said she found them quite funny.
Not mad: Brzezinski says she laughed ‘uproariously’ at tweet, calling it ‘hilarious’
“I’m literally laughing out loud. I thought it was the funniest thing I’d ever read,” she said, adding that everyone else in the studio was “scared.”
She assured everyone that it was ‘hilarious’ but that they ‘need an answer as soon as possible.’
Afterward, Brzezinski tweeted a photo of a box of Cheerios with the slogan “made for little hands” and presented it without further comment.
She said she also responded on air the next day, blaming the president for choosing to ’embarrass me.’
Brzezinski has already made several critical remarks about Trump that prompted his tweet in the first place. She said during the show that he made House Republicans “look like fools” by making them celebrate the passage of their bill in a Rose Garden ceremony last month.
She also made fun of the size of his hands, hilariously calling them ‘teensy’.
But Trump’s tweets have drawn criticism from many media figures and lawmakers. CNN’s Jake Tapper, for example, wrote: ‘This reminds me: how is the @FLOTUS anti-cyberbullying campaign going?’
NBC’s Peter Alexander said 10 minutes later that he asked the first lady’s office about anti-cyberbullying efforts, and ‘spox says Melania “continues to be respectful on her platform.”
Revenge: After Trump attacked her, she fired ‘hands’ again with this tweet.
REPUBLICANS TURN ON THE PRESIDENT THROUGH MIKE SLUR
Soon after Trump’s attacks, lawmakers from his own party began responding to the president’s latest headline-grabbing Twitter attack.
“Please stop. This is not normal and beneath the dignity of your office,” Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., tweeted.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, RS.C., made a similar comment.
‘Mr. President, your tweet was below office and represents what is wrong with American politics, not the greatness of America,” he tweeted.
House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., was asked about the president’s tweets during a press conference Thursday.
“Obviously I don’t see that as an appropriate comment,” Ryan said. “Look, we’re trying to improve the tone and civility of the debate here.
Later, Stephanie Grisham, a spokeswoman for the first lady, said: ‘As the first lady has said publicly, when her husband is attacked, she hits back 10 times harder.’
And then-White House deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders strongly backed her boss, saying he was right to call the Morning Joe host “psycho” and “crazy.”
“This is a president who fights fire with fire, and he will certainly not be allowed to be bullied by the liberal media and the liberal elites in the media, Hollywood or anywhere else,” Huckabee Sanders said.
She later commented that ‘it’s a bit like we’re living in the Twilight Zone.’
“I think the president is pushing back against the people who attack him day in and day out. Where is the indignation in that?” she said in a lengthy defense of her boss. “You’re constantly walking around asking if it’s okay? If he does it once. It’s day by day and it’s not just about the president. The only person I see war against is this president and everyone who works for him.
She went on to say, “I think I’ve made it clear that when the president gets hit, he hits back harder, which he did today.
“I don’t think you can expect someone to be personally attacked day after day, minute after minute, and sit back. Look, the American people elected a warrior. They didn’t elect someone to sit around and do nothing. They knew what they were getting when they voted for Donald Trump and he won in a landslide.”
Mark Kornblau, head of PR for NBC networks, said in an unofficial statement of Trump’s tweets: “I never imagined the day when I would think ‘it is beneath my dignity to respond to the President of the United States.’ ‘
MSNBC’s official statement said: ‘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.’
Beginnings: Republican leaders turn on Trump, irritated by tweets (pictured in 2020)
They do: After the New Year’s party — but before the facelift tweet — Trump offered to officiate Brzezinski and Scarborough’s wedding
Outraged by the tweets, Republican leaders turned on Trump. Defeated presidential rival Jeb Bush tweeted: “Inappropriate. Undignified. “Unpresidential.”
Paul Ryan said they were “not appropriate,” and Sen. Lindsay Graham called on Trump to stop demeaning his office.
The Morning Joe hosts endorsed Trump at the start of the Republican primary season, saying Trump was a legitimate presidential candidate, not some political side act that some pundits tried to make the billionaire businessman out to be.
However, in February 2016, things began to sour after Trump refused to distance himself from his endorsement of former KKK leader David Duke.
Scarborough called Trump’s tepid response to Duke “disqualifying.”
Since then, when Scarborough and Brzezinski criticized the candidate, he took them to task with a tweet.
But when New Year’s Eve rolled around at Mar-a-Lago, they seemed to be on firmer footing.
So much so that Vanity Fair reported that Trump offered to officiate the couple’s wedding later in January, saying they could use Mar-a-Lago, his private resort in Florida, as the wedding venue. He also offered them the White House.