Remember when Donald Trump’s campaign staff took his Twitter away because he couldn’t be trusted? Well, apparently being elected president earned him his tweeting privileges back, and now he’s turned his attention on the New York Times.
Earlier today, Trump sent out a tweet mocking the Times for allegedly losing thousands of subscribers due to their “very poor” coverage of the president-elect.
@nytimes is losing thousands of subscribers because of their very poor and highly inaccurate coverage of the “Trump phenomena”‘
Wow, the @nytimes is losing thousands of subscribers because of their very poor and highly inaccurate coverage of the "Trump phenomena"
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 13, 2016
Throughout the course of his campaign, Trump frequently railed against what he considered a corrupt and crooked media. Such attacks might make for good campaign rhetoric, but it’s rare to hear a sitting president or president-elect complain about poor media coverage save for the occasional joke at the White House Correspondent’s Dinner.
Doubtless many of Trump’s supporters consider his Twitter outbursts a sign of strength, but not everyone was so amused. Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane accused Trump of being thin-skinned and reminded Trump that, despite his victory, free speech was still a cornerstone of American democracy.
‘Donald, you are now the President-elect. If you continue to be this thin-skinned, you will drive yourself mad and take us all down with you. In addition, it was my understanding that freedom of the press in America was a basic Constitutional right to be celebrated. At least the America I know’
This isn’t the only time MacFarlane has criticized Trump. When Trump tweeted negative comments about those protesting his victory, MacFarlane compared Trump to King Joffrey from Game of Thrones.
He also called Trump out for his blatant hypocrisy regarding the protests noting that, in the wake of Mitt Romney’s defeat in 2012, Trump called for people to march on Washington, abolish the electoral college, and even talked of revolution.
He also attacked Trump due to his choice of “legendary science denier” Myron Ebell to lead the EPA transition team. MacFarlane called Trump’s decision “an unmitigated disaster.”
Many of us are discouraged by Trump’s victory, but, on the bright side, this might give MacFarlane some more fodder for future episodes of Family Guy.
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