At a press conference on Tuesday, Donald Trump called ABC’s Tom Llamas a “real sleaze.” Trump’s criticism was for Llamas’s digging up of the inconsistencies in the money that the Trump campaign supposedly raised for veterans. Controversy has surrounded the money, reported at different times in varying amounts, for what is going on months.
Today, Trump was supposed to account for the funds, which are to the tune of 6 million dollars, but instead he spent time blasting reporters.
‘I’m not looking for credit. But what I don’t want is when I raise millions of dollars have people say — like this sleazy guy over here from ABC. He’s a sleaze in my book.’
Llamas, who was at the press conference, tried to respond. And let’s just say that didn’t go very well. Trump yelled over the reporter, saying:
‘You’re a sleaze! Because you know the facts and you know the facts well.’
The reporters, all of them who have been inquiring about where the ambiguous money went, were just doing the public duty. After all, ambiguity in campaign funds isn’t exactly a good start to an administration. Similar circumstances have landed many a dirty politician in jail.
Llamas tweeted about the exchange, referencing that when Trump goes after someone, he is mindbogglingly relentless, no matter if his claims add up or not.
Trump just called me a "sleaze." Should be an interesting week.
— Tom Llamas (@TomLlamasABC) May 31, 2016
The now presumptive Republican presidential nominee’s antagonism of the press is all in character. Back in February, Trump, who has plenty of dirt that journalists have and will continue to dig up, said the following:
‘One of the things I’m going to do if I win… I’m going to open up our libel laws so when they write purposely negative and horrible and false articles, we can sue them and win lots of money. We’re going to open up those libel laws so when The New York Times writes a hit piece, which is a total disgrace, or when the Washington Post, which is there for other reasons, writes a hit piece, we can sue them and win money instead of having no chance of winning because they’re totally protected. We’re going to open up libel laws and we’re going to have people sue you like you’ve never got sued before.’
Below you can check out the clip of Trump’s Tuesday remarks, if they can even be called something so respectable.
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