Gov. Kasich: The president's coarseness is not acceptable

Gov. Kasich: The president's coarseness is not acceptable

FOX19 - Amid the president's Twitter war attacking "Morning Joe" hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough, Gov. John Kasich hopes the First Family will get him to calm down.

"We've seen this for quite a while. You know, it's unfortunate and people are now begging the president not to do this and you know you got to stop doing it," Kasich told ABC's Martha Raddatz Saturday. "I'm hoping that his family's going to talk to him, and they'll say 'knock it off.'"

The governor's comments comes as President Donald Trump faces backlash on statements critics say are beneath the office of the presidency.

"We'll have to see what happens. It's one of the few things that I think has brought Republicans and Democrats together," Kasich said referring to a lawmakers from both parties that blasted the president's crude remarks such as Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.).

Last week, Trump attacked the MSNBC host Brzezinksi, whom he called "crazy" and "low I.Q." and said she was bleeding from a face lift during a New Year's Eve visit to Mar-a-Lago.

The "Morning Joe" duo is one of the president's toughest critics and has been transparent about their friendly relationship with Trump before Inauguration Day. It is unclear what specifically triggered the president, but the show has increasingly examined the president's mental health — citing White House sources the describe irrational behavior such as screaming at televisions and requiring consistent praise from subordinates.

The president is facing growing criticism his agenda has seemingly made little progression and his attention is too focused on Twitter fights and attacking news organizations. There's no southern border wall, no announced foreign policy plan in the Middle East, no tangible movement on infrastructure, the Republican healthcare bill is in limbo and tax reform is missing-in-action.

"But I think in Washington we have bigger issues than people being outraged by someone else's tweet," he added. "They need to look themselves in the mirror and figure out whether they're serving the country or they're serving their party or their own interests."

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