President Donald Trump does not sugarcoat things. Those who tuned in to his campaign rally in Pennsylvania found that out in a hurry.
Trump called called out Rep. Maxine Waters, arguing that the impeachment-obsessed California representative was “low IQ.” Oprah Winfrey got a bit of a shout out, with the president practically begging her to run for president in 2020. And then there was the media.
The media has always been one of Trump’s favorite targets since day one, and the media has more than returned the favor. In the past, we’ve covered several incidents where the president threw down the gauntlet in a major way on his friends at CNN, NBC, ABC and all those fine networks.
In fact, we here at Conservative Tribune were under the impression that Trump’s attacks at the liberal media couldn’t get any more pointed. One thing we’ve learned in the past two and a half years since Trump declared for the presidency, however, is to never underestimate Donald John Trump. Especially when it comes to NBC’s Chuck Todd, one of the most powerful reporters in the business.
Trump was discussing North Korea, the threat it posed to the United States, and the fact he had predicted the threat during a 1999 appearance on “Meet the Press” — a show now hosted by the aforementioned Todd.
“You ever see the story where — it’s 1999, I’m on ‘Meet the Press,’ a show now hosted by sleepy-eyes Chuck Todd,” Trump said, evoking laughter from the audience.
“He’s a sleeping son of a b****, I’ll tell you,” the president continued to laughter.
“They showed it this morning!” Trump continued. “It’s 1999, I’m talking North Korea, you’ve got to take them out now. And then they have (Bill) Clinton saying, ‘We are pleased to announce we’ve made a deal with North Korea.’
“Well, you know how that deal turned out, right? We gave billions and billions of dollars and lots of other things, and we got nothing.”
Video below (WARNING: Some language, which you can probably guess at):
Now, of course, the North Korea thing didn’t exactly get as much play as the president’s swipe at Todd. In all fairness, Todd — whose demeanor can be a bit laconic for the job he’s in — took it in stride when he reminded his Twitter followers about putting their clocks ahead one hour.
Don’t miss @MeetThePress tomorrow! I know folks may be tired in the morning due to springing forward, so set those clocks and DVRs now before your eyes get too sleepy.
— Chuck Todd (@chucktodd) March 11, 2018
This isn’t the first time that Trump has poked fun at the “Meet the Press” host’s torpidity. According to The Hill, Trump also used the insult during an April 2017 tweet in which he lambasted NBC’s obsession with the Russia story.
“When will Sleepy Eyes Chuck Todd and @NBCNews start talking about the Obama SURVEILLANCE SCANDAL and stop with the Fake Trump/Russia story?” Trump tweeted.
“For those wondering, I slept well even tho I stayed up late watching the #msstate upset of UConn. #cowbell. Don’t feel sleepy at all though,” Todd shot back.
I suppose you can give him credit for giving as good as he takes, although the fact that Todd constantly looks like a guy who took a Benadryl just an hour or two ago is kind of undeniable.
Other politicians wouldn’t treat their critics in the media this way. That’s not how the president rolls, however — and it’s why he inspires both admiration and anger in equal measure.
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