In an interview conducted this week by Time Magazine, President Trump unleashed on several members of the news media, naming names and dispensing with the pleasantries. While Trump’s war on the mainstream press is hardly new, he was in particularly fine form during the interview, rounding up personalities from CNN, CBS, and MSNBC is his own basket of TV deplorables.
“I don’t watch CNN. I don’t watch MSNBC,” Trump said in the interview. “[Morning Joe co-host Joe] Scarborough used to treat me great. But because I don’t do interviews and stuff, he went the other way. Which is fine. He’s got some problems. But I don’t watch the show anymore. It drives him crazy.”
Trump then turned his attention to the cable outlet he used to call the Clinton News Network.
“CNN in the morning, Chris Cuomo, he’s sitting there like a chained lunatic,” Trump said. “He’s like a boiler ready to explode, the level of hatred. And the entire, you know the entire CNN platform is that way.
“This Don Lemon, who’s perhaps the dumbest person in broadcasting,” he continued. “Don Lemon at night it’s like – sometimes they’ll have a guest who by mistake will say something good. And they’ll start screaming, ‘we’re going to commercial.’ They cut him off. Remember?”
Trump also saved some scorn for “The Late Show” host Stephen Colbert, who recently attracted publicity for a scathing monologue in which he suggested that Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin indulged in oral sex.
“You see a no-talent guy like Colbert,” Trump said. “There’s nothing funny about what he says. And what he says is filthy. And you have kids watching. And it only builds up my base. It only helps me, people like him.
“The guy was dying,” he added. “By the way, they were going to take him off television, then he started attacking me and he started doing better. But his show was dying. I’ve done his show, which by the way was very highly rated. It was the highest rating he’s ever had.”
Of course, these pathetic pundits love nothing more than to get into a public war of words with the president of the United States, and it only helps their ratings when Trump calls them out. But, as Trump himself would say, that’s fine. Their viewers will keep eating out of their hands until they tire of the drama – until they realize, at long last, that their opposition to Trump was never based on anything more substantial than a ratings number. When Trump’s policies start bringing great jobs back to the country and start throwing out criminals that never belonged here in the first place, “the resistance” will be exposed as the phony TV saga that it is.