Singer and music icon Cher had a few thoughts regarding first lady Melania Trump and her marriage to President Donald Trump.
“Not to [be] mean, but Melania Trump always [seems] sad/angry, like she lost a best friend. They NEVER smile or exchange little looks on TV,” Cher tweeted June 29. “I feel bad.”
Cher’s tweet came on the heels of controversy surrounding Mr. Trump’s tweet to Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, hosts of MSNBC morning talk show “Morning Joe.”
“I heard poorly rated ‘Morning Joe’ speaks badly of me (don’t watch anymore),” Trump wrote June 29. “Then how come low I.Q. Crazy Mika, along with Psycho Joe, came to Mar-a-Lago 3 nights in a row around New Year’s Eve, and insisted on joining me. She was bleeding badly from a face-lift. I said no!”
Rebukes to the tweets came from around social media, with a few Republican lawmakers denouncing Trump’s comments completely, according to CNN. Lindsay Graham and Ben Sasse, both Republicans in Congress, were among the first to respond to the president’s tweets with condemnation.
“Please just stop,” Sasse wrote. “This isn’t normal and it’s beneath the dignity of your office.”
As for Cher’s particular comments, it seemed she was responding to Melania’s willingness to staunchly defend her husband after the tweets.
“As the first lady has stated publicly in the past, when her husband gets attacked, he will punch back 10 times harder,” said Stephanie Grisham, Melania’s communications director.
Melania has also been a vocal supporter of efforts to stop cyberbullying, according to CNN
Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the official White House spokesperson, also came to the president’s defense regarding his tweets.
“Look, the American people elected a fighter,” Sanders explained. “They didn’t elect somebody to sit back and do nothing.” She then added that Trump “fights fire with fire.”
“I don’t think that the president’s ever been someone who gets attacked and doesn’t push back,” she continued. “There have been an outrageous number of personal attacks, not just to him but people around him.”
Mr. Trump is known to watch cable TV news programs and pays particularly close attention to Fox News, CNN and MSNBC, often calling pro-Trump guests after he sees their appearances to thank them for the kind remarks. His relationship with the “Morning Joe” hosts was described as “jovial” and lighthearted during the campaign, but the feelings had turned during his presidency.