Miami Republican Rep. Carlos Curbelo sharply criticized President Donald Trump on Thursday after Trump unloaded on a pair of MSNBC hosts on Twitter.
"Let's all remember the lessons from the Congressional shooting just a couple weeks ago," Curbelo said in a tweet. "We must treat one another with decency & respect."
His comments came after the president mocked Morning Joe hosts Joe Scarborough (a former Florida Republican congressman) and Mika Brzezinski calling the pair "crazy" and "low I.Q." Curbelo did not support Trump during the 2016 election.
"I heard poorly rated
@Morning_Joe speaks badly of me (don't watch anymore)" Trump tweeted. "Then how come low I.Q. Crazy Mika, along with Psycho Joe, came to Mar-a-Lago 3 nights in a row around New Year's Eve, and insisted on joining me. She was bleeding badly from a face-lift. I said no!"
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio told reporters Thursday he had not seen Trump's tweet yet because he was in a classified briefing.
Brzezinski fired back at Trump, also on Twitter, referencing a line of attack used by Rubio in the GOP primary, mocking Trump's supposedly small hands. The MSNBC anchor posted a picture of a Cheerios cereal box with the slogan "made for little hands" on the back.
Curbelo also cautioned that Trump's rhetoric leads to dangerous acts because "Personal attacks & character assassination yield a culture of social & political violence in which people can become radicalized & dangerous."
Americans agree we must work to build a better politics in our country; free of personal attacks & vitriol. Leaders must set the example— Carlos Curbelo (@carloslcurbelo) June 29, 2017
Personal attacks & character assassination yield a culture of social & political violence in which people can become radicalized & dangerous— Carlos Curbelo (@carloslcurbelo) June 29, 2017
UPDATE: Miami Republican Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a moderate who is retiring in 2018 and doesn't support Trump, said Trump's tweets make it harder for the White House to pursue its legislative agenda, rankling moderate Republican Senators like Maine Sen. Susan Collins.
"There are so many important issues confronting our nation that merit the full attention of our President so it is a shame that on the very week that we are debating health care, he alienates Senators, like Susan Collins, whose votes he needs for passage," Ros-Lehtinen said in a statement. "Pettiness and meanness are uncalled for from the most powerful leader of the free world."