Trump Retweets Teen in Quarrel With CNN Reporter

Jeff Zeleny dismisses president-elect's claims of voter fraud
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 29, 2016 6:19 AM CST
Trump Retweets Teen in Quarrel With CNN Reporter
President-elect Donald Trump is alleging massive voter fraud.   (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci, File)

(Newser) – Donald Trump insists that massive voter fraud prevented him from winning the popular vote, and CNN's Jeff Zeleny insists there is zero evidence of this. That disagreement played out on the president-elect's Twitter feed Monday night, as Trump retweeted supporters' condemnation of Zeleny, and both he and Zeleny weighed in. As Mediaite reports, it began when Zeleny criticized Trump's allegations of voter fraud as "blatant and baseless" while on the air, and Trump backers scoffed. One typical example: "Pathetic—you have no sufficient evidence that Donald Trump did not suffer from voter fraud, shame!" That was one of the slams retweeted by Trump, who added "Bad reporter" to the end, and Politico notes that the author is 16 years old.

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Soon, Trump himself took aim. "CNN is so embarrassed by their total (100%) support of Hillary Clinton, and yet her loss in a landslide, that they don't know what to do," he tweeted. Amid all this, Zeleny took notice, especially after Trump retweeted another user who referred to Zeleny as a "part time wannabe" reporter. "Good evening!" he replied. "Have been looking for examples of voter fraud. Please send our way. Full-time journalist here still working." (Meanwhile, the Green Party's Jill Stein is pushing ahead with plans for recounts in three states.)

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