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Kathy Castor: Latest Donald Trump tweet ‘beneath dignity required of the office’

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Tampa Democrat Kathy Castor added her voice to Twitter condemning President Donald Trump’s tweet from earlier in the day, where he mocked Mika Brzezinski of MSNBC.

“President is a poor role model for America’s children, all of us,” Castor tweeted Thursday afternoon. “His tweets, actions are far beneath the dignity required of the office.”

Trump claimed earlier Thursday that Brzezinski and her Morning Joe partner (both on and off air) Joe Scarborough courted him for an interview at Mar-a-Lago around the New Year’s Eve holiday.

“She was bleeding badly from a face-lift. I said no!” the president wrote.

In her post, Castor quoted an earlier tweet from presidential historian Michael Beschloss, who wrote: “George Washington wrote John Adams in 1789 that a President of the United States must ‘maintain the dignity of Office.'”

Castor was just one of a number of Democrats and Republicans voicing objections to Trump’s latest Twitter storm.

“It’s so blatantly sexist I don’t even know that there’s any question about it,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi told reporters in the Capitol. 

“It’s really sad,” she added. “This is the president of the United States. Something’s wrong there.”

Asked about it during a House Republicans news conference, House Speaker Paul Ryan responded: “Obviously I don’t see that as an appropriate comment,” adding, “What we’re trying to do around here is improve the tone, the civility of the debate. And this obviously doesn’t help do that.”

Brzezinski also responded:

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Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at mitch.perry@floridapolitics.com.

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