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.