A Brutal Vanity Fair Review, a Scathing Trump Tweet

President-elect says magazine is 'dead' and in 'big trouble' after it trashed his Trump Tower restaurant
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 15, 2016 11:18 AM CST
Trump Tweets Vanity Fair Is in 'Big Trouble'
In this Dec. 14, 2015, file photo, then-Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks in Las Vegas.   (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

On Wednesday, Vanity Fair published an unflattering review of NYC's Trump Grill(e) restaurant (yes, it's spelled both ways on signage), Donald Trump got wind of it, and … you probably know where this is going to end up. To be fair, the review of the steakhouse in Trump Tower was pretty brutal: Critic Tina Nguyen describes a waiter "determined to gaslight us into thinking we were having a good time," points out the "French-ish paintings that look as though they were bought from Home Goods," and, when it comes to the overall culinary experience, notes it "could be the worst restaurant in America." Fast-forward to Thursday's Twitter feed, where Trump fought back with a defiant post that didn't exactly address the points made in the review, but did take issue with Vanity Fair, and editor Graydon Carter, in general.

"Has anyone looked at the really poor numbers of @Vanity Fair Magazine. Way down, big trouble, dead! Graydon Carter, no talent, will be out!" the president-elect tweeted. Politico notes Trump and Carter have had a long-standing battle dating back to when Carter mentioned decades ago that Trump had tiny hands (his exa ct words in Spy magazine: Trump was a "short-fingered vulgarian"). Colin Campbell, a Yahoo politics editor, notes Trump has also had a longtime habit of tweeting that Vanity Fair is failing, tweeting about five minutes after Trump's Thursday tweet that "for more than four years, Donald Trump has been tweeting about Vanity Fair supposedly dying." Politico throws VF onto the pile of other media Trump has rampaged against, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, and CNN. (This businessman really didn't like the review of his restaurant.)

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