President Donald Trump escalated a feud with two high-profile talk show hosts over the weekend, suggesting that MSNBC is biased against him. He intensely attacked Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, co-hosts of MSNBC's "Morning Joe," on Twitter earlier Saturday, writing: "Crazy Joe Scarborough and dumb as a rock Mika are not bad people, but their low rated show is dominated by their NBC bosses," after Brzezinski had accused the President of suffering from some medical disorder.
Trump also said that Greta Van Susteren lost her nightly show on MSNBC because she "refused to go along w/ 'Trump hate'!" MSNBC confirmed last week that Van Susteren, previously a longtime anchor at Fox News, was being replaced.
NBC declined comment on all the tweets Saturday from the president. "Morning Joe" just finished the highest-rated quarter in the show's history. MSNBC never officially gave a reason for replacing Van Susteren's show; it did, however, lag in the ratings compared with the network's other shows.
Later in the day, Trump renewed his screed against the media.
"The FAKE & FRAUDULENT NEWS MEDIA is working hard to convince Republicans and others I should not use social media - but remember, I won the 2016 election with interviews, speeches and social media. I had to beat #FakeNews, and did. We will continue to WIN!" Trump wrote on Twitter.
He drew condemnation for his tweets from the usual suspects on Thursday calling Brzezinski "crazy" and saying she was "bleeding badly from a face-lift" when he saw them at his Florida estate. Democrats lost no time in calling his comments sexist, and, once again, called for the president to resign.
The MSNBC personalities said Friday that Trump was lying about their December encounter and they accused Trump of suffering from a medical disorder.
President Trump is heading to the annual Group of 20 meeting this week, where he will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin, a high-stakes encounter that could put his "America First" policy to the test.
Trump also tweeted angrily at CNN on Saturday, saying the network, which he has long pilloried, "has finally been exposed as #FakeNews and garbage journalism."
CNN recently accepted the resignations of three employees involved in a retracted story about a supposed investigation into a pre-inaugural meeting between a Trump associate and the head of a Russian investment fund. The network had no comment on Saturday's tweet. Two CNN producers as well as one of their main figureheads were caught on camera by James O'Keefe's Project Veritas saying that the Trump-Russia story is only being pushed on CNN "for ratings," that it's a "big nothing-burger" and that American voters are brainless.