In the wake of Donald Trump's Twitter attack against journalist Mika Brzezinski, a few Republican senators have come out to say they aren't fans of the president's trigger-sensitive tweeting hands. However, GOP Senator Orrin Hatch in particular had a pretty bizarre response.
Trump launched his social media missiles against Brzezinski after she and co-host Joe Scarborough criticized him on their show, MSNBC's Morning Joe. His tweet mocking Brzezinski's supposed physical appearance on New Year's Eve — "bleeding badly from a face-lift" — seems to have drawn the most of the disapproval.
"I don't see that as an appropriate comment," said House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan on the president's remark. A couple of his Republican cohorts had harsher words for Trump's Twitter rant. Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, for example, told Trump that his tweet was "beneath the office and represents what is wrong with American politics, not the greatness of America." Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska also said that Trump's comments were "beneath the dignity of [his] office."
Meanwhile, Sen. Hatch of Utah had people Googling what a "dipsy-doodle" is after he said that he did not like the president's "inappropriate" tweets, but that "every once in awhile you get a dipsy-doodle." (A dipsy-doodle/dipsy doodle, by the way, comes from a jazz song and Merriam-Webster defines it as slang for "a bewildering plunge.")
The Twitter account of Hatch's office added that the senator has "urged the president to use his platform for good in an effort to accomplish the goals of the Republican agenda." Hatch is the longest-serving Republican senator in U.S. history and although he endorses the president, he's not afraid of disagreeing with him. Last month Hatch criticized Trump for his call to abolish the filibuster, telling CNN that the United States "would have gone straight to socialism" without the rule.
Republican Sen. Lynn Jenkins of Kansas also called out the perceived sexist nature of Trump's Twitter storm.
This is not okay. As a female in politics I am often criticized for my looks. We should be working to empower women. https://t.co/sV6WDE0EUD— Lynn Jenkins (@RepLynnJenkins) June 29, 2017
Trump isn't the only one receiving criticism for his brazen rhetoric, though. Opinion writer Joe Concha at The Hill pointed out that while the president's recent words are "deplorable coming from the commander in chief," Brzezinski and Scarborough aren't innocent of attention-seeking antics either. Their provocative language, which includes a comment that Trump staffers should be lobotomized, drags the media "deep into the swamp," Concha claimed. Journalists should investigate the presidency on policy or staffing without childishly playing into Trump's narrative that the media has an underlying agenda beyond reporting, he wrote.
Senator, he's not a toddler. He's 71 years old, President of the United States, and he's rage-tweeting at the TV. Why are you enabling him?— Craig Ganzer (@eggczar) June 29, 2017
As of now, Trump has yet to fire back at Hatch or other individuals who criticized his "dipsy-doodle."