Although he did mock the NYT, we wouldn’t call his tweets about Romney and the Bush family mocking. Maybe…
He stated that they had called and congratulated him. He pointed out that it was nice of them. The end. But let’s get back to the NYT. That one is much more fun.
Donald Trump fired off against two of his enemies on Sunday in one of his trademark Twitter sprees – hours after vowing to be ‘more restrained’ on social media.
The President-elect mocked Mitt Romney, one of his most outspoken Republican critics, and his sworn foe The New York Times in the space of three tweets and 30 minutes.
‘Mitt Romney called to congratulate me on the win. Very nice!’ he wrote gleefully.
Minutes earlier, he launched another attack on his old foe The New York Times, claiming it has lost ‘thousands of subscribers’ since his election victory.
Romney was one of Trump’s most outspoken critics before his nomination as the GOP presidential in July.
He begged Republicans not to put Trump forward for the nomination, telling them: ‘Let me put it plainly, if we Republicans choose Donald Trump as our nominee, the prospects for a safe and prosperous future are greatly diminished.’
Jeb Bush, who competed against Trump in the primaries, also shared his well wishes, as did Ohio’s governor John Kasich.
George W. and George H.W. Bush also got in touch, he said.
‘Jeb Bush, George W and George H.W. all called to express their best wishes on the win. Very nice!
‘Governor John Kasich of the GREAT, GREAT, GREAT State of Ohio called to congratulate me on the win. The people of Ohio were incredible!’ said Trump.
Jeb Bush openly criticized the businessman after he won the nomination, disapproving of a number of his comments and scrutinizing his style of campaigning.
Kasich, whose state was vital in clinching the election for Trump, earlier urged voters to ‘give him a chance’ as uproar at his surprise triumph spread.
In his rebuke of the Times, Trump wrote on Sunday: ‘Wow, the NY Times is losing thousands of subscribers because of their very poor and highly inaccurate coverage of the “Trump phenomena”.’
Some 30 minutes later, he continued: ‘The NY Times sent a letter to their subscribers apologizing for their BAD coverage of me. I wonder if it will change? Doubt it.’
Later, he added: ‘The NY Times states today that DJT believes “more countries should acquire nuclear weapons.” How dishonest are they. I never said this!’
The newspaper pledged to ‘rededicate’ itself to honest reporting on Friday in a letter to subscribers where it described how newsroom staff ‘turned on a dime’ when Trump’s victory became clear in the early hours of Wednesday morning.