After TIME Magazine shamed him into self-imposed Twitter exile for most of Saturday, President Trump returned to the popular social media platform this evening and completely ignored the ‘Man of the Year’ fiasco. Instead, he tried to change the subject by throwing gasoline on two long-burning dumpster fires he created.
First he went after the media’s portrayal of his appointment of Trump loyalist Mick Mulvaney to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. He tried in vain to paint the move as one that would improve the bureau, despite Mulvaney history of publicly criticizing it.
Later, he reignited his feud with CNN with an attack completely out of left field, tweeting, “FoxNews is MUCH more important in the United States than CNN, but outside of the U.S., CNN International is still a major source of (Fake) news, and they represent our Nation to the WORLD very poorly. The outside world does not see the truth from them!”
Jake Tapper, host of CNN’s mid-day news show, The Lead, wasted no time clapping back. He hit Twitter hard with this powerful show of support for the network’s international arm:
Thinking about @cnni and my brave and hard-working colleagues there who cover famines and wars and politics and terrorism and everything else. Amazing men and women, thank you for your continued excellence. https://t.co/9sVaB0z4Li
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) November 25, 2017
Jake Tapper has made a name for himself in the Trump era as someone who isn’t afraid to confront the president and his allies, despite the onslaught of attacks on his network’s credibility they’ve launched. It’s impressive how, even in the face of the most vile comments by the President of the United States, he’s managed to keep it classy.
Donald Trump, not so much.