It came to be somewhat of a staple on Huffington Post stories — the editor's note that referred to Donald Trump as a "xenophobe" and a "racist," among other things. But that addendum will no longer appear on stories about the billionaire businessman, according to a new report.
Ever since Trump gained significant ground in the Republican primaries and, of course, as the GOP presidential nominee, all articles about the brash candidate have featured this memo at the bottom:
Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S.
According to a Politico report, that famous note is no more. Ryan Grim, the Huffington Post's Washington bureau chief, said the decision was made in the name of creating a "clean slate" for the left-leaning publication.
"The thinking is that (assuming he wins) that he’s now president and we’re going to start with a clean slate," the memo from Grim reads. "If he governs in a racist, misogynistic way, we reserve the right to add it back on. This would be giving respect to the office of the presidency which Trump and his backers never did."
Huffington Post spokeswoman Sujata Mitra said the memo was intended only for the presidential campaign and, regardless of the outcome, the outlet "will no longer be adding the note to future stories, as he is no longer a presidential candidate."