NBC’s “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd responded to President Donald Trumps withering statements about him, made at a Pennsylvania campaign rally for congressional candidate Rick Saccone on Saturday night. At the rally, Trump referred to Todd as a “sleeping son of a b—h.”
From Fox: The NBC personality tweeted late Saturday night urging viewers to set their DVRs to record his show “before your eyes get too sleepy.” He then appeared on D.C.’s NBC 4 station early Sunday, acknowledging the insult in broader terms.
“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. “It creates a challenge to all parents when he uses vulgarities like that.”
Todd also brought up the jab with guest Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin (see video below), who dismissed the comments, saying “he’s using vulgarities in the context of a campaign rally and obviously there were a lot of funny moments on that rally.”
“You know he likes to put names on people. He did that through the entire presidential election, including all the Republicans that he beat,” Mnuchin also said. “So these are campaign issues.”
The Fox report continues: Todd closed “Meet the Press” with a light joke, assuring viewers he would be back the following week “sleepy eyes and all.”
Saturday night was not the first time Trump referred to the Todd with the snoozy moniker. Fox references two tweets in which Trump made similar references.
On Sept. 28, 2011, Trump tweeted: “Sleepy” Chuck Todd of NBC falls far short of the late Tim Russert.”
On April 1, 2017, he similarly wrote: When will Sleepy Eyes Chuck Todd and @NBCNews start talking about the Obama SURVEILLANCE SCANDAL and stop with the Fake Trump/Russia story?
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.
— Chuck Todd (@chucktodd) March 11, 2018
“Sleepy” Chuck Todd of NBC falls far short of the late great Tim Russert.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 28, 2011
When will Sleepy Eyes Chuck Todd and @NBCNews start talking about the Obama SURVEILLANCE SCANDAL and stop with the Fake Trump/Russia story?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 1, 2017