Morning Joe Explodes Over Trump's Tweet About Gillibrand: 'Derogatory and Disgusting' to Suggest She'd Perform Sexual Favors for Contributions

December 12, 2017

Everyone on "Morning Joe" exploded on Tuesday morning after they saw President Donald Trump's tweet about Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D., N.Y.), which they viewed as suggesting she would do sexual favors to get campaign contributions.

Trump tweeted Tuesday that Gillibrand "would come to my office ‘begging’ for campaign contributions not so long ago (and would do anything for them)."

Co-host Mika Brzezinski went after White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders for defending the president during press briefings.

"I just want to say something beyond the fact that is reprehensible that the President of the United States would say something so derogatory and disgusting about a woman, we're not surprised Mr. President, you do it all the time," Brzezinski said. "You treat women terribly and you treat the women around you even worse and you treat women like punching bags because it's fun for you because you are intimidated by women. That's your problem."

"But for the people who work for you, you need to act. Sarah Huckabee Sanders, good luck today in the briefing," Brzezinski said. "Don't lie and do not defend the President of the United States for what he did. If you do, you have no credibility and you should step down. You should resign."

Following Brzezinski, everyone else on the show piled on, hitting Trump.

Panelist Elise Jordan said it made her "blood boil," saying it was "so gross and beneath the office" to write what Trump did. BBC reporter Katty Kay said it was "appalling" and "obscene," adding Trump wanted to provoke a strong reaction.

Brzezinski also attacked staffers in the Trump administration.

"Everybody else, working around the president, if your day is not consumed by getting him to take down that tweet, please leave," Brzezinski said. "You're worth nothing, you don't care about this country, you don't care about women and you will support a man who does something like that."

"Read that tweet. Read what he put in parentheses and decide what you're going to do at work today," Brzezinski added. "If it's anything less than making him take down that tweet or quitting, I feel sorry for you."

The panel first insinuated Trump was saying Gillibrand would perform sexual favors for campaign contributions. Ultimately, Brzezinski flat-out made the claim it was about sexual favors.

"Let's just say it, he's suggesting that Kirsten Gillibrand would have sex with him in order to get campaign contributions," Brzezinski said. "The president actually tweeted that this morning."

She also directly addressed Sanders, saying she should criticize Trump from the podium and say what he wrote was sexist and wrong.