According to reports from Mediate, Donald Trump recently aimed his criticism at The New York Times, a frequent target of his displeasure, over a seemingly innocuous remark he made during an interview with Tucker Carlson. Trump utilized this comment as ammunition in his ongoing battle against what he perceives as “fake news.” The comment in question-related to the Panama Canal and was uttered while Trump was skipping a GOP Debate.
The former president had previously voiced his frustration with Fox News and The Wall Street Journal for discussing his age, a topic he often brings up in reference to Joe Biden. In a recent outburst, he questioned the origins of this topic and demanded an explanation for its prominence in media coverage.
New York Times writer Frank Bruni authored an op-ed titled “Trump Is Really Old, Too,” wherein he raised questions about the visibility of potential lapses into incoherence by Donald Trump and the possibility of brain damage given his history of erratic behavior. Bruni cited an instance from the Carlson interview where Trump referenced Joe Biden describing the Grand Canyon as one of the “Nine Wonders of the World.”
Bruni recounted Trump’s meandering discourse, including a tangent about the toll of building the Panama Canal, during which he mentioned losing 35,000 people to malaria due to mosquitoes. Trump alternated between labeling it one of the “seven wonders” and suggesting it could be “nine wonders.” Bruni, in a somewhat rhetorical tone, pondered whether there would have been a media frenzy had Biden made a similar statement, seemingly unaware that it was, in fact, Biden who made the original comment about the Grand Canyon.
In his characteristic style, Trump disputed Bruni’s interpretation of his comments and accused him of failing to grasp the intended sarcasm in his remarks. Amidst this tirade, Trump also managed to insert a boast about the viewership of his interview with Tucker Carlson, comparing it favorably to the viewership of the GOP Debate he chose to skip. He claimed that his interview garnered 265,000,000 views, significantly surpassing the 11,000,000 viewers of the debate, a statement that raised skepticism among fact-checkers.
In his initial response, Trump clarified that during the interview with Carlson, he had discussed the Panama Canal and used sarcasm to mimic Joe Biden’s handling of the situation. The former president’s social media posts once again highlighted his ongoing feud with the media, particularly The New York Times, and his tendency to employ numerical exaggerations to emphasize his points.
“SUCH DISHONESTY AT THE FAILING NEW YORK TIMES. RECENTLY I DID AN INTERVIEW WITH TUCKER CARLSON, RATHER THAN THE DEBATE, WHICH TURNED OUT TO HAVE MORE ‘VIEWS,’ AT 265,000,000, THAN ANY INTERVIEW EVER DONE (THE DEBATE HAD 11,000,000),” HE SAID. WHICH … NAH.
“DURING THE INTERVIEW I TALKED ABOUT THE PANAMA CANAL, & HOW WE SO STUPIDLY SOLD IT BACK TO PANAMA FOR ONE DOLLAR, VERY SARCASTICALLY MIMICKING CROOKED JOE BIDEN & HOW TRULY LOST HE IS….” TRUMP WROTE IN HIS FIRST POST.
He continued in a second Truth post, which practice he has taken to old-guy labeling as “page 2.”
PAGE 2: YOU SEE, CROOKED JOE HAD JUST CALLED “SOMETHING” THE NINTH WONDER OF THE WORLD, & IT MADE HEADLINES BECAUSE IT HAD ALWAYS BEEN THE SEVENTH. I MADE IT CLEAR IN THE INTERVIEW THAT BY MY JOKINGLY IMITATING BIDEN’S RECENT GAFFE, I WAS JUST TRYING TO SHOW HOW TRULY DUMB & OUT OF “IT” THIS GUY REALLY IS. THE TIMES KNOWINGLY TRIED TO MAKE MY SPOOF ON HIM INTO MY MAKING THE SAME MISTAKE AS BIDEN, NO SARCASM, NO NOTHING. THE WRITER IS UNTALENTED & BAD, BUT WE ALWAYS HAVE TO CALL OUT FAKE NEWS!