Asked during an appearance on “Fox & Friends” whether Trump regrets using that phrase, Grisham enthusiastically said no.
“He shouldn’t,” she told host Brian Kilmeade. “The people who are against him and have been against him and working against him since the day they took office are just that. ... They deserve strong language like that.”
Grisham, who hasn’t led a White House briefing since Trump appointed her as his press secretary in July, added that Trump believes there are some people working within the U.S. intelligence community who are also “really terrible.”
Trump tweeted Wednesday that “Never Trumper Republicans” are “dangerous” and warned Americans to “watch out for them” ― a jab at Republicans like Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah, who haven’t unflinchingly defended Trump amid the House’s impeachment inquiry.
His tweet garnered backlash from Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, who called Trump’s comments “beneath the office of the presidency.”
Trump regularly insults his political opponents and critics on Twitter, despite his purported outrage over Hillary Clinton’s remark in 2016 that half of his supporters could be put into a “basket of deplorables.”
“While my opponent slanders you as deplorable and irredeemable, I call you hardworking American patriots who love your country,” he said at a campaign rally in Iowa days later.
But Trump and his press secretary appeared to have no qualms about attacking the character of Americans who are “against” the president.