It’s hard to pinpoint just when the President started loathing the cable news network, or as he calls it “FAKE NEWS/The CLINTON News Network/The Devil’s Reporters” — but the New York Times may have found Trump’s breaking point.
After the second presidential debate last October, the soon-to-be POTUS sent CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker a personal email calling him “the most disloyal person” and even vowing to “get even.” Whoa!!!
According to The Times, Trump “believed that he had gotten Zucker his job at CNN” and was therefore EXTRA butthurt over the network’s increasingly aggressive coverage of him.
This is why Trump may have taken it as a betrayal when CNN panelists were especially tough on the then-nominee during the October debate, which came on the tails of that infamous “grab ├óΓé¼╦£em by the pussy” confessional tape.
After the second debate, which many reported Hillary Clinton had won, Zucker received an email from the Republican nominee through his campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks.
And just as you’d expect, the email includes some alternative facts, extra parenthetics, and a vague threat telling the news head to watch his back, reading:
“Jeff ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ Too bad you (CNN) couldn’t be honest with how well I did in the debate. The dumbest thing I ever did was get you the job at CNN ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ you are the most disloyal person. Just remember, I always seem to find a way to get even. Best wishes, Donald J. Trump.”
Chills! Are these not the words of an actual supervillain?
Despite his self-inflating claims, Time Warner executives affirmed that Trump did NOT “play a meaningful role” in Zucker’s hiring. Though he “sang Zucker’s praises to Turner Broadcasting System’s chief executive at the time, Phil Kent, who was in charge of hiring for the position.”
So, not only does Trump take credit for other people’s achievements, he’ll hold it against them when they don’t abandon their morals to accommodate his tyrannical takeover. Sounds about right.
Keep at it, CNN!