President Donald Trump took aim at a common political target this week with a tweet aimed at the New York Times. Specifically, he found fault with the recent work of a respected columnist who writes for the paper.
“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,” the president claimed. “Two weeks ago, while speaking to a friend on his cell phone, I unfortunately ended up speaking to Friedman. We spoke for a while and…….he could not have been nicer or more respectful to your favorite President, me.”
Trump did not think Friedman’s resulting editorial was sufficiently adulatory, though.
“Then I saw the column he wrote, ‘Trump Will Be Re-elected, Won’t He?'” the president continued. “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!”
Friedman was ready with a response: “Mr. President, You are right, unlike you, I am always respectful — especially when I talk to the President of the United States at the request of a U.S. Senator in your party. I try to be respectful even with people I disagree with.”