A furious Melania Trump punched back hard against Mika Brzezinski this weekend, defending herself and her son, Barron Trump.
Brzezinski, the “Morning Joe” co-host, was the source of deep controversy this week, as President Donald Trump openly feuded with the MSNBC show over its coverage of his presidency. Trump attacked the hosts of the show personally over their intelligence and looks.
Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough responded, questioning the mental stability of the president. In the fallout of the grudge match, Mika expanded her criticism to the entire first family, going after the First Lady Melania and her son, Barron Trump.
In an interview, Brzezinski claimed Melania has “the worst job in the country” and that it was only because of Barron that she was remaining the first lady.
“I know Melania. I haven’t talked to her in months, but if my gut is right, I don’t think she’s going to put up with it much longer. I know nothing. That’s just my instinct, and I go with my gut, and my gut’s always right. I’m just telling you, Melania’s got the worst job in the country, and I don’t think she wants to do it a lot longer. I think she will do it for as long as she has to for her son, and that’s it.”
After the salacious accusation, the first lady hit back.
Melania responded in a statement, calling the “Morning Joe” co-host “sad.” Melaina said Brzezinski does not “know” her and was using the first family to further her “own agenda.”
It is sad when people try to further their own agenda by commenting on me and my family, especially when they don’t know me.
Brzezinski bringing Barron into the fray to attack the president clearly struck a nerve for the first lady. Just this month, Melania and 11-year-old Barron officially moved into the White House. The very private Barron has become his own star, captivating the White House beat with his bold fashion choices and boyish wonder.
Barron has endured his fair share of abuse since Donald Trump entered office in January. He has been:
1. Called autistic in a public video
2. Mocked for his looks at the Inauguration
3. Called a “homeschool shooter”
4. Accused of animal mutilation
5. Called a murderer
The inclusion of Barron in the grudge match clearly set off Melania. The first lady has agreed to sit-down interviews with Brzezinski in the past, but clearly, the feud has had a chilling effect on the relationship.
The president continued attacking the MSNBC show over the weekend, claiming on Twitter that the show’s executives are skewing the coverage against him and savaging the hosts, calling them “Crazy Joe Scarborough and dumb as a rock Mika.”
Crazy Joe Scarborough and dumb as a rock Mika are not bad people, but their low rated show is dominated by their NBC bosses. Too bad!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 1, 2017
Lesson Learned: don’t pick on Barron.