Donald Trump's 6 Most Embarrassing (And Offensive) Feuds With The Press
Donald Trump's relationship with those awful, awful scumbags, shysters and charlatans that congregate in the American news media has wobbled again this week, with the president taking the time to insult a reporter to her face during a freewheeling press conference.
Having chosen her to ask him a question, the exchange with ABC's Cecilia Vega ran:
Trump: "She’s shocked that I picked her. Like, in a state of shock."
Vega: "I’m not, thank you, Mr President."
Trump: "That’s OK, I know you’re not thinking. You never do."
Vega: "I’m sorry?"
Trump: "No, go ahead, go ahead."
Weirdly, the official White House transcript of the presser says Trump said Vega was never "thanking". It could just be a simple slip of a finger across the entirety of the keyboard, but it's worth recapping on the biggest personal press beefs Trump has harboured in his time.
Trump vs Megyn Kelly
An early but long-running press beef started when Kelly challenged Trump on the derogatory terms he'd attacked women with in an August 2015 Republican nomination debate. On Twitter, he noted that Kelly "really bombed tonight. People are going wild on twitter! Funny to watch" and later suggested that she had been "blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever". He later clarified that he apparently meant her nose.
Trump vs Carl Bernstein
When Lanny Davis, former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen's attorney, recanted information to journalist Carl Bernstein about his client telling the Mueller investigation that Trump knew about a meeting aimed at gaining potential dirt on Hilary Clinton from a Russian contact, Trump called the celebrated Watergate reporter "sloppy @carlbernstein, a man who lives in the past and thinks like a degenerate fool". Bernstein and CNN stood by the story.
Trump vs Rahim Rashidi, AKA 'Mr Kurd'
The recent press conference in which Trump called the northern Iraqi reporter for Kurdistan TV 'Mr Kurd' was more a completely unintentional and cack-handed attempt to at being respectful, but it's not a brilliant look either way.
Trump vs Don Lemon
After an interview in which Lemon challenged Trump on his support of the 'birther' issue—the conspiracy theory that Barack Obama shouldn't have been president as he was secretly Kenyan—Trump rounded on him. "He vowed he'd never come back and do an interview with me because I was racist," Lemon told CNN. Lemon, who is black himself, said Trump "thought, you know, I somehow can't be unbiased about an issue because of race... because I'm African American."
Trump vs Serge Kovaleski
It feels like strangely small potatoes now, but Trump's mockery of the New York Times reporter Serge Kovaleski caused one of the biggest outcries of Trump's political career. Trump said he saw people celebrating the collapse of the Twin Towers on 9/11 and pointed to an article of Kovaleski's as proof.
The journalist shot back, pointing out that reporting on an allegation that a few people had been questioned about supposed parties is not the same as playing an urban legend as fact for political gain. Holding his arm at an angle to mimic Kovaleski's arthrogryposis, a congenital joint condition affecting his right hand, Trump then told a rally: "Now, the poor guy, you’ve got to see this guy: ‘Uhh, I don’t know what I said. Uhh, I don’t remember,’ he’s going like ‘I don’t remember. Maybe that’s what I said.'"
After the palaver which ensued, Trump said that "despite having one of the all-time great memories, I certainly do not remember him". Kovaleski covered Trump extensively between 1987 and 1993, even interviewing him in his office.
Trump vs Ariana Huffington
"[email protected] is unattractive inside and out," Trump tweeted about the founder of the Huffington Post in August 2012. "I fully understand why her former husband left her for a man—he made a good decision." The Huffington Post responded by tweeting that it has "always wondered what's under the bottom of the barrel", and urging users to report the tweet.
This story originally appeared on Esquire.co.uk. Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.