(CNSNews.com) - Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough delayed their July 4th getaway to appear on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" at 7 a.m. Friday.
They plan to respond to President Donald Trump's insulting tweets, provoked by their own insults of the president.
Meanwhile, the 6 a.m. hour of “Morning Joe” opened with Joe and Mika’s co-hosts coming to their defense. Contributor Donny Deutsch, an advertising executive who has known Trump for years, led the pack:
"First of all, you know, he picked the wrong school yard to come into,” Deutsch said of the president. “I’m not an employee of NBC, so I'm going to go thug here, OK? I'm sorry, because Mika's a friend of ours, she's a good woman, she's a great mom. And he's a pig. He's a vulgar pig.”
Deutsch admitted he was talking the "low road."
“He's physically disgusting to look at. I mean, that's what I find ironic about the way he starts to always go after other people's physical attributes. So beyond the fact that he's obviously not well -- forget the obvious misogynism, the obvious vulgarity, the obvious stupidity -- he's not mentally OK.”
"We have to start paying attention to it," Deutsch added.
"Enough is enough! Enough is enough with this disgusting, vulgar man!" Deutsch continued. "You're a pig. You are a bully, and you are doing disgusting things to this country!"
Deutsch said maybe it's time to stop "tippy-toeing."
Anyone who has watched “Morning Joe” since Trump became president knows very well that the hosts do not tippy-toe around Donald Trump.
Even CNN’s “New Day” on Friday morning said the "Morning Joe" hosts "take a lot of cheap shots" at Trump.
“Let's call it all what it is, all right?” “New Day” anchor Chris Cuomo said. “Joe and Mike deserve our respect. They're our colleagues, they're also our competitors. They take a lot of cheap shots that are personal at the president, there's no question about it."
Cuomo noted that his show is a "news show," while Joe and Mika's show is a "commentary show."
“That's what they do, is they offer opinions. Sometimes it's hyperbolic, it's part of the appeal of their program, and the president doesn't like it."
In a Washington Post op-ed on Friday, Mika and Joe said their “concerns” about Trump’s “unmoored behavior go far beyond the personal.”
They wrote in part:
"America’s leaders and allies are asking themselves yet again whether this man is fit to be president. We have our doubts, but we are both certain that the man is not mentally equipped to continue watching our show, 'Morning Joe.'"
They said Trump has an “unhealthy obsession” with their show “that does not serve the best interests of either his mental state or the country he runs.” Snidely, they said it “would be better for America and the rest of the world if he would keep his 60-inch-plus flat-screen TV tuned to 'Fox & Friends.'"
The MSNBC anchors also noted that “Mika has never had a facelift.” But – “She did have a little skin under her chin tweaked, but this was hardly a state secret. Her mother suggested she do so, and all those around her were aware of this mundane fact.”
Joe and Mika also complained about Trump’s “continued mistreatment of women.” They never addressed their own rantings and deeply personal insults directed at the president.
Trump on Thursday issued two tweets, saying: