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Rick Kriseman bashes Donald Trump (once again) over Mika Brzezinski tweet

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Rick Kriseman is taking to social media once again to express displeasure with Donald Trump.

The St. Petersburg Mayor wrote a short statement on his Facebook page Friday morning, blasting the President for his egregious tweet from Thursday where he took a shot at MSNBC Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski.

“As a husband & as a father to a wonderful daughter & as a mayor to a diverse community & a City Hall filled with talented woman & also as a human being, I find Donald Trump’s behavior and remarks offensive,” Kriseman wrote. “He demeans the office.”

Democrats and Republicans across the nation have criticized the president over the past 24 hours after his Thursday morning tweets where he described Brzezinski as “low I.Q. Crazy Mika” and claimed that she was “bleeding badly from a face-lift” during a social gathering at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida around New Year’s Eve.

Trump doubled down Friday morning after watching Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough respond to Trump on “Morning Joe, where they said that top members of the White House warned that The National Enquirer planned to publish a negative article about them unless they called the president to have the story shelved.

This is not the first time that Kriseman has gone after Trump.

After the then Republican presidential candidate declared in December of 2015 that he would ban all Muslims from entering the U.S., Kriseman tweeted back that, “I am hereby barring Donald Trump from entering St. Petersburg until we fully understand the dangerous threat posed by all Trumps.”

That tweet went viral, being retweeted nearly 20,000 times and netting 584 followers for the mayor, who later said it was all “tongue-in-cheek.”

Today’s comment was decidedly not tongue-in-cheek, with Kriseman singling out the women in his personal and professional life, and comparing that to the perception that Trump’s tweet was sexist in tone, and not for the first time. has reached out to Rick Baker for comment but did not immediately receive a response.

Kriseman has made party affiliation a big issue in the mayoral campaign this year. He’s a Democrat, Baker’s a Republican.

While Kriseman supported Hillary Clinton for president prominently last year, Baker is refusing to say who he voted for.

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

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