Remember when Harry Truman said “If you can’t take the heat, get out of the kitchen”?
Whiny Donald Trump apparently can’t stand the heat of the election campaign, tweeting that New York Times reporter Michael Barbaro, who co-authored with Megan Twohey a piece detailing Trump’s interactions with women, should resign from the Times.
Here’s is Trump’s whiny tweet:
Trump’s tweet precipitated a hilarious rejoinder asking whether th tweeter was Trump himself or his own created alter ego:
— Brian Wallos (@MRBenchwarmer) May 18, 2016
On Sunday, Trump blasted the story as a “lame hit piece,” calling the Times a “failing” newspaper. One woman quoted in the article, Rowanne Brewer Lane, was invited by Fox and Friends to defend Trump, where she purred, “He never made me feel demeaned in any way. He was very gracious. I saw him around all types of people, all types of women. He was very kind, thoughtful, generous. I did not have a negative experience with Donald Trump.”
But on Monday, Barbaro appeared on CNN’s “At This Hour,” and doubled down, saying, “We stand by our story. We quoted [Lane] fairly and accurately. The story really speaks for itself.”
Trump has been flexing his dictatorial muscles lately, threatening Jeff Bezos, the owner of The Washington Post, and presumably offering his okay when Trump Organization assistant general counsel Jill Martin threatened the Times with legal action over the Times article. Martin said, “I think that is a distinct possibility. I haven’t talked to him about it personally, but, you know, when he’s attacked like that and things are said falsely, he definitely fires back.”
“I’m going to open up our libel laws so when they write purposely negative and horrible and false articles we can sue them and win lots of money.”
Trump hates the First Amendment. Remember his statement in February?
One of the things I’m going to do, and this is only going to make it tougher for me, and I’ve never said this before, but one of the things I’m gonna do, if I win, and I hope I do, and we’re certainly leading, is I’m going to open up our libel laws so when they write purposely negative and horrible and false articles we can sue them and win lots of money. We’ll open up those libel laws so that when the New York Times writes a hit piece which is a total disgrace or when the Washington Post, which is there for other reasons, writes a hit piece we can sue them and win money instead of having no chance of winning because they are totally protected.