The New York Post ran an editorial Thursday about President Donald Trump’s Twitter habit, and it was a mere three words.
“Stop. Just stop,” the paper’s editorial board wrote.
Simple and straight to the point in today's @nypost... https://t.co/IcZd7Cp9RC— Maggie Coughlan (@Maggie Coughlan) 1498827001.0
The news cycle was dominated Thursday by Trump’s early morning tweets about the hosts of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”
Trump mocked "low I.Q. Crazy Mika [Brzezinski]" and "Psycho Joe [Scarborough]":
I heard poorly rated @Morning_Joe speaks badly of me (don't watch anymore). Then how come low I.Q. Crazy Mika, along with Psycho Joe, came..— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1498740737.0
...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!— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1498741103.0
While most observers panned the tweets as beneath the dignity of the Oval Office, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on Fox News that the president “fights fire with fire” and will not “be allowed to be bullied by liberal media."
The tweets impacted what may have otherwise been a productive day for the White House — also on Thursday, the House passed Kate’s Law, which would increase criminal penalties for those who re-enter the country illegally after deportation, and the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act, which bars sanctuary cities from receiving certain federal funds. Both pieces of legislation are supported by the Trump administration.
Both as a candidate for president and since taking office, Trump has demonstrated a penchant for creating controversy with his tweets. Previous subjects of his Twitter ire — aside from his former Republican primary rivals and Democratic presidential candidates — include then-Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly, actress Meryl Streep, Heidi Cruz, the wife of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas.), and a host of political commentators, reporters, and media outlets (including TheBlaze).
.@GlennBeck got fired like a dog by #Fox. The Blaze is failing and he wanted to have me on his show. I said no - because he is irrelevant.— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1450325379.0
According to a Fox News poll released Thursday, 71 percent of Americans say the president’s tweets hurt his agenda. Only 17 percent say the tweets are helpful.
Just 13 percent of Americans approve of Trump’s tweeting, down from 16 percent in March. Forty-six percent disapprove of the president’s Twitter habit, while 39 percent say they “wish he’d be more cautious” when posting messages on the social media platform.
The Fox News poll was conducted before Trump's most recent controversial tweets.