President Donald Trump had some choice words for NBC’s Meet the Press host Chuck Todd on Saturday at a campaign rally outside Pittsburgh, calling him “a sleeping son of a bitch.”
The president was in Pennsylvania to support GOP candidate Rick Saccone, who faces a tough special election race in the state. During one anecdote in his speech, Trump informed the audience that he was on Meet the Press in 1999 to discuss his views on North Korea and called the program “a show now headed by ‘Sleepy eyes Chuck Todd.'” He added, “He’s a sleeping son of a bitch, I’ll tell ya.”
Todd indirectly seemed to respond, tweeting later on Saturday, “Don’t miss @MeetThePress tomorrow! I know folks may be tired in the morning due to springing forward, so set those clocks and DVRs now before your eyes get too sleepy.”
On Sunday, in an interview on Washington’s NBC4 ahead of Meet the Press, Todd offered a lengthier reply.
“I bring my kids up to respect the office of the presidency and the president. I don’t allow them to say anything negative, ever, about the president,” Todd said about Trump’s words and having the “military rule” in his house where you don’t speak ill of a sitting president. “Him doing that, it creates a challenge to all parents when he uses vulgarities like that.”
He added, “Yesterday’s rally was sort of him unleashed, which is why he went after this favorite targets in the media.”
During Meet the Press, Todd posed that question to treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin: “When he uses vulgarity to talk about individuals, what are [people] supposed to tell their kids?” Mnuchin did not offer a straight answer.
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This is not the first time the two have come to blows. In 2015, Trump and Todd got into a shouting match on the show when the then-presidential candidate continued to stand behind his widely disputed claim that he saw Muslims celebrating in New Jersey as the World Trade Center fell.
March 11, 8 a.m. Updated with Todd response.