President Donald Trump’s bare-knuckle assessment of politics is what endears him to his supporters and enrages his critics, left and right.
Taking advantage of his Twitter platform, the president has been on quite a roll this week and Friday proved to be no exception, as Trump tore into New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman for calling him a racist.
As he is wont to do, Trump zeroed in on a physical feature, in this case Friedman’s absent chin, to tag the columnist Thomas “the Chin” Friedman, and to point out that Friedman “kissed my a..” on a recent call.
“Thomas “the Chin” Friedman, a weak and pathetic sort of guy, writes columns for The New York Times in between rounds of his favorite game, golf. Two weeks ago, while speaking to a friend on his cell phone, I unfortunately ended up speaking to Friedman,” the president tweeted. “[He] could not have been nicer or more respectful to your favorite President, me. Then I saw the column he wrote, “Trump Will Be Re-elected, Won’t He?” He called me a Racist, which I am not, and said Rhode Island went from economically bad to great in 5 years because the Governor of the State did a good job. That may be true but she could not have done it without the tremendous economic success of our Country & the turnaround that my Administration has caused. Really Nasty to me in his average I.Q. Columns, kissed my a.. on the call. Phony!”
Trump was referencing Friedman’s column this week, where he laments that the 2020 Democratic candidates looking to challenge President Trump are too extreme in their views and this may lead to him being reelected.
“I wasn’t surprised to hear so many people expressing fear that the racist, divisive, climate-change-denying, woman-abusing jerk who is our president was going to get re-elected, and was even seeing his poll numbers rise,” Friedman wrote.
My column: ‘Trump’s Going to Get Re-elected, Isn’t He?’ https://t.co/g080P310xe
— Thomas L. Friedman (@tomfriedman) July 17, 2019
This being a continuation of the media narrative pushing back on Trump calling out the radical “squad” of four Democratic freshman lawmakers for their contempt for America.
Friedman said Monday during an appearance on CNN that Trump “isn’t talking just about …. the four congresswomen. He’s talking about us.”
An assessment that put him on par with the four freshman lawmakers: Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., Ilhan Omar D-Minn., Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., and Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass.
Trump’s suggestion that these “progressive women” should “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime-infested places from which they came” was quickly tagged as racist, even though the scenario he laid out also noted that they “then come back and show us how it is done.”
The message that got lost is this socialist-friendly cabal has no track record to warrant them dictating how the nation should be run.
Of the four, only Omar was born outside the U.S. The Somali refugee was born in Mogadishu and came to America as a child. Tlaib, who’s quick to note she is a Palestinian-American, was born in Detroit, but her mother was born near the West Bank city of Ramallah, while her father is from East Jerusalem.
Trump’s tweets about the “squad” came as they were locked in a feud with Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who was in the process of trying to minimize from a public perspective their impact on the party. After the president’s tweets, the four extremists have come to represent the face of the party.
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