Published 4:11 PM EDT Sep 11, 2018
Another day, another partisan scuffle on Twitter, this time involving President Donald Trump, Sept. 11 memories and Trump foe Joe Scarborough of MSNBC.
The words "appalling," "disgusting," and "pathetic" were thrown about. Poop emojis made appearances. "Imbecilic hyperbolic embarrassment" was the hyperbolic assessment of one ALL-CAP tweeter.
So, instead of spending Tuesday contemplating the 17th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people in New York, the Pentagon and in a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, some Trump supporters spent the morning attacking Trump foes in truculent tweets.
What set it all off? Scarborough's tweet hyping his latest column appearing Monday in The Washington Post, which lamented the "avalanche of strategic blunders" set in motion by 9/11 and the "tragic lessons" the nation's leaders since then have failed to learn. Despite all the death and destruction, Scarborough argued, the terrorists still failed at damaging American democracy.
Scarborough's promotional tweet and the headline on the accompanying column, referred to the last line of the column: "Trump is harming the dream of America more than any foreign adversary ever could."
James Woods, one of Hollywood's most conservative stars and a tireless Trump defender (his Twitter handle is "@RealJamesWood, an imitation of @realDonaldTrump), aimed his ire at Scarborough for allegedly smearing 9/11 victims.
"Please control yourself. This is an appalling insult to the memory of victims and survivors of 9/11," he wrote, including the story link without naming Scarborough in his tweet.
Scarborough apologized in later tweets, saying he should have "shown more care on the tweet’s wording" so as not to offend Trump supporters.
But it was too late. Trump supporters soon mounted a flurry of attack tweets, including one from Adam Baldwin, star of TNT's naval drama "The Last Ship" and NBC's now-defunct spy comedy "Chuck."
Baldwin echoed Trump's favorite epithet for the mainstream media: "Enemy of the People," his tweet read.
Joe Biggs registered his disgust in unmistakable symbols:
By extension, all of the mainstream media were targeted. Gaye Gallops, self-described "patriot, Christian, military brat, animal rights activists, golfer, emergency room doctor," wrote in all caps, "THIS MAKES MY BLOOD BOIL," adding, "Scarborough, shame on you! You sicken America!"
A B52 crew chief who goes by the name BrainPower1776 suggested the hashtag #OustMorningJoe, calling for the TV host's firing.
Others were more direct in their threats.
"My advice to you is find a rock and crawl under it before we the people come for you for we are spread far and wide," warned Keith Picou.
ALS1963us, whose Twitter bio says she's a mom, a patriot and foe of the mainstream media, described Scarborough as "brain-damaged."
Scarborough was not entirely undefended. Bill Bratton, who served two terms as the commissioner of the NYPD, liked what Scarborough had to say in the column.
"On this very meaningful day, Joe Scarborough's op-ed is so appropriate. Nice work, @JoeNBC," he tweeted.
Oddly, Trump himself did not engage; the president and first lady Melania Trump flew off to Shanksville early Tuesday to attend a memorial service there for the victims of Flight 93.
Instead, he simply tweeted "Never forget."