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On Thursday, President Donald Trump went after MSNBC show “Morning Joe” and its hosts, former Congressman Joe Scarborough and commentator Mika Brzezinski.

Trump wrote on Twitter that Scarborough is "Psycho Joe," while Brzezinski is "low-I.Q., Crazy Mika."

He also took a shot at Brzezinski over a supposed face-lift.

On "Special Report" tonight, Charles Krauthammer said that Trump's rhetoric "degrades the political discourse" and "embarrasses the country."


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"Presidents don't talk like this. They never have," Krauthammer said. "This is what it sounds like when you're living in a banana republic. This is how Hugo Chavez would talk about his opponents. This is how the worst dictator, Duterte in the Philippines, would talk about opponents."

Mercedes Schlapp pushed back, pointing out that Trump is not shutting down the press or using military force to silence his critics, as those dictators did.

"When you defend the president of the United States by pointing out that he hasn't sent the tanks out in the streets to shut down the media, you've reached a fairly low level of defense," Krauthammer replied.

He added it's not just the fact that Trump's Twitter remarks are an embarrassment and a distraction, but also that they give an unfiltered, uncensored look at Trump's psyche.

"What we're seeing is a vindictiveness, a cruelty, a lack of temperedness, a lack of self-control which is truly shocking," Krauthammer said. "And that's what I think people are reacting to."

A brand-new Fox News poll found that many Americans agree with Krauthammer's assessment of Trump's Twitter habits.

Watch more above, and share your reaction in the comments.


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