MSNBC Anchor: If My Children Behaved Like Trump, They Would Be Grounded

July 25, 2017

MSNBC anchor Stephanie Ruhle said Tuesday that if her children behaved like President Donald Trump, they would be grounded.

Ruhle and co-host Ali Velshi were discussing Trump's public comments against Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Recent reports detail tension between Trump and Sessions because the president is upset that Sessions recused himself from the Russia investigation. On Tuesday morning, Trump sent out two tweets criticizing his attorney general.

Ruhle called Trump's treatment of Sessions "grossly unethical" and slander and labeled Trump as a bully.

"It is grossly unethical, defamation, slander. I will say to those going Jeff Sessions is cowering and doing nothing, you could argue he has the best response to an absolute bully: when a bully comes after you, staring him down and continuing to forge ahead, that gets under the president's skin," Ruhle said. "It appears thus far Jeff Sessions ain't budging and these tweets do not reflect poorly on Jeff Sessions but on Trump."

Velshi added that Trump was making an accusation in an inappropriate way.

"He's accusing Jeff Sessions of doing something inappropriate and making the accusation in a remarkably inappropriate way," Velshi said.

Ruhle continued by reading the Merriam Webster definition of the word "bully."

"Take politics out for a second. Let's look at that as a parent. I want to pull up a definition. Definition of the word bully. A blustering, browbeating person, especially one who is habitually cruel, insulting, or threatening to others who are weaker, smaller, and or in some way vulnerable," Ruhle said.

Later on, Ruhle added that if her children acted like Trump, they would be grounded.

"The way the president is behaving towards another person shows no respect. If my children behaved this way, they would be grounded," Ruhle said.