President Donald Trump took to his favorite social media platform early Sunday to blast the “failing” New York Times as “fake news.”
“Somebody with aptitude and conviction should buy the FAKE NEWS and failing @nytimes and either run it correctly or let it fold with dignity!” Trump wrote on his personal Twitter account.
Somebody with aptitude and conviction should buy the FAKE NEWS and failing @nytimes and either run it correctly or let it fold with dignity!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 29, 2017
Taking to social media to blast mainstream media outlets like the Times has been a favorite activity of Trump since the campaign last year.
He most recently blasted the Times, along with the Washington Post, in a series of tweets on Saturday, where he labeled the historic newspapers as “fake news” with “declining” readership and subscriptions. He also said the papers write “false and angry” stories about him.
Trump, in the opening days of his presidency, has made it clear that he will not make friends with in the media while in the White House. Just nine days prior to taking office, Trump singled out a reputable CNN reporter and blasted him for his network’s coverage.
Then, on just Trump’s second day in office, White House press secretary Sean Spicer blasted the “dishonest” media over their reporting on crowd sizes at Trump’s inauguration.
And in a recent interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network’s “The Brody File,” which will air in its entirety Sunday night, Trump labeled the media the “opposition party,” echoing the words of his chief confidant Steve Bannon.