Trump slams CNN, NBC, ‘dumb as a rock’ journalist
US President Donald Trump yesterday fired off another volley in his escalating feud with the US media, aiming a Twitter tirade at CNN, NBC and a morning show host he taunted as “dumb as a rock”. The outburst came at the end of a week during which the US leader railed against major news organizations as “fake news”, before launching a crude personal attack on Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough, who headline the “Morning Joe” program on the left-leaning MSNBC cable network.
“Crazy Joe Scarborough and dumb as a rock Mika are not bad people, but their low rated show is dominated by their NBC bosses. Too bad!” he wrote, seemingly trying to get in the final word in his clash with the journalists. Apparently stung by critical coverage on the show, Trump on Thursday had tweeted: “I heard poorly rated @Morning_Joe speaks badly of me (don’t watch anymore). Then how come low I.Q. Crazy Mika, along with Psycho Joe came to Mar-a-Lago 3 nights in a row around New Year’s Eve, and insisted on joining me. She was bleeding badly from a face-lift. I said no!”
The comments sparked a major backlash, as well as condemnation from within Trump’s own Republican party. The TV hosts responded on Friday with an opinion piece in the Washington Post titled “Donald Trump is not well”, questioning his “unmoored behavior” and fitness to serve. Trump yesterday also targeted CNN, a frequent punching bag for the president. “I am extremely pleased to see that @CNN has finally been exposed as #FakeNews and garbage journalism. It’s about time!” he tweeted, referring to an article that the cable news channel retracted, which claimed Congress was investigating links between Trump’s administration and a Russian investment fund. — AFP