Mika Brzezinski recently opened up about what it was like to be attacked by Donald Trump on Twitter and the impact of cyberbullying on mental health. Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian, the hosts of The Young Turks, break it down. Tell us what you think in the comment section below.
“The level for me of the tweet was below zero,” she added. “I remember being surprised even in myself.”
When Trump launched his Twitter attack, she said, she was just growing accustomed to strangers stopping her on the street to offer their condolences about the death of her father, Zbigniew Brzezinski, an elder statesman and public intellectual who served as national security adviser to President Jimmy Carter. “I was using my line, I’d say, ‘Thank you so much, yes, he was a great man,’” she said. “After the tweet, people were running up to me to talk about it, and I was still saying, ‘Yes, thank you, he was such a great man.’”
If she was feeling numb, other women were outraged on her behalf. Alaska Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski tweeted at the president: “Stop it! The presidential platform should be used for more than bringing people down.” Ratings for “Morning Joe” skyrocketed the next day, surpassing Trump’s preferred wake-up call, “Fox & Friends.”
But Brzezinski, at the center of the entire controversy, says she wasn’t deeply offended at the time. “The ones about the facelift were humorous,” she said. “I wasn’t on the same page as everyone else. I feel embarrassed if people think I was embarrassed. I got Botox. I’m very open about that stuff. It didn’t hurt me.”
She responded with a photograph of a Cheerios box with the cereal’s slogan, “Made for little hands,” hoping to get under the president’s thin skin with a joke aimed at one of his well-known physical insecurities. “[‘Morning Joe’ executive producer] Alex Korson saw me pouring my breakfast as we were all meeting after the show,” she said. “I was eating. Everyone else was talking. He saw the picture on the back and pointed to it.”
Since the tweet, Brzezinski said her higher profile has come with some downsides. “I’m getting more hate now than I’ve ever gotten in my life,” she said. “I can’t read it. I’m working on unplugging more because it’s the worst I’ve ever seen it.”