Does Donald Trump really think cosmetic surgery is still a scandal in 2017?

The Fix’s Callum Borchers explains the years-long feud between President Trump and the hosts of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” (Peter Stevenson/The Washington Post)

In a morning fit of political pique, President Trump tweeted a fusillade of insults at Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, the co-anchors of “Morning Joe,” deriding Scarborough’s mental state and belittling Brzezinski’s intelligence. But in one vivid sentence, the president threw a particularly wild punch, writing that Brzezinski was “bleeding badly from a face-lift.”

The visual that tweet conjured up — something from the mid-’00s series “Nip/Tuck,” perhaps — was especially graphic for first thing in the morning. It was unseemly. It was personal.

But, as insults go, it also came from a personality whose understanding of beauty, aesthetics, image and the ability to own one’s appearance seems deeply mired in the 1980s.

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