Republican frontrunner Donald Trump blasted the New Hampshire Union-Leader Monday evening, calling the newspaper a “piece of garbage” and tossing a copy into the crowd hours after publisher Joseph McQuaid published a scathing editorial critical of his campaign.
In the Monday editorial, McQuaid called Trump a “crude blowhard with no clear political philosophy and no deeper understanding of the important and serious role of President of the United States than one of the goons he lets rough up protesters in his crowds.”
The Union-Leader publisher added that the billionaire “reminds us of the grownup bully “Biff” in the ‘Back to the Future’ movie series.”
Trump did not hold back in his response at a rally later that evening. Calling McQuaid a “lowlife,” the real estate mogul promised to tell the crowd “what happened.”
“I thought he was fine. I thought he was an aggressive guy. He called me. He talked to me, he wanted me to come up and make a speech in New Hampshire. I’d do it. He asked me to help James Foley, which I liked very much. I gave a big contribution to his parents …. he asked me to do many many things,” Trump told the crowd.
Trump even said that McQuaid asked him to tweet that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie should be allowed on the main debate stage — something that the Republican presidential hopeful said he begrudgingly did.
There is one thing, however, Trump would not do.
Trump said that he was invited to participate in a presidential forum ahead of the first Fox News debate, but declined. He suggested that move may have played a role in Monday’s editorial, which he called a “very disloyal act.”
“You don’t go and try hurting someone that’s been helping you,” Trump said. “And that really has done a good job. You don’t do that.”
The businessman then tossed the newspaper into the crowd.
“That’s all it’s worth. Piece of garbage.”
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