In Slew of Tweets, Trump Goes After NYT 'Hit Piece'

Obama targets him in Rutgers speech
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 16, 2016 4:55 AM CDT
Updated May 16, 2016 6:13 AM CDT
Trump: NYT 'Hit Piece' Is 'Stupid,' 'Lame'
Trump speaks during a campaign stop in Buffalo last month.   (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

A New York Times look at Donald Trump's treatment of women really got under his skin, if the number of angry tweets is anything to go by. In nine tweets and retweets Sunday (and three more Monday), Trump poured scorn on the "failing" NYT and its "lame hit piece," which, among other things, revealed that he kissed many Miss USA contestants on the mouth. "I have had so many calls from high ranking people laughing at the stupidity" of the NYT, he tweeted, accusing the media of being on a "witch hunt." He also accused the NYT of failing to contact any of the women he had suggested they talk to, the Hill reports. Reporter Michael Barbaro tweeted that the accusation was "factually inaccurate," and that women named by Trump's office were among the dozens of women interviewed for the piece. In other Trump news:

  • In yet another tweet, Trump said a Washington Post story about potential VP candidates was wrong. He said most of the candidates named were not being considered.

  • President Obama didn't name Trump in his commencement address at Rutgers University on Sunday, but it was obvious whom he was talking about with his denunciations of "anti-intellectualism," wall-building, and misplaced nostalgia for the "good old days," the Washington Post reports. Obama also warned that "ignorance is not a virtue." "It's not cool to not know what you are talking about," he said. "That's not keeping it real or telling it like it is. That's not challenging political correctness. That's just not knowing what you are talking about."
  • Reuters reports that in an interview that aired on Monday in Britain, Trump said he probably wouldn't have a good relationship with Prime Minister David Cameron, who called his remarks on Muslims last year "divisive, stupid, and wrong." "I hope to have a good relationship with him, but it sounds like he's not willing to address the problem either," said Trump. He also called London Mayor Sadiq Khan "ignorant"—for calling him ignorant.
(More Donald Trump stories.)

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