For more than four years, President-elect Donald Trump has been attacking the "failing Vanity Fair," and his latest Twitter tirade against the magazine comes the day after it published a review of Trump Grill.
In a tweet posted Thursday morning, Trump predicted — yet again — that Vanity Fair is "dead" and said longtime editor Graydon Carter has "no talent, will be out!"
Has anyone looked at the really poor numbers of @VanityFair Magazine. Way down, big trouble, dead! Graydon Carter, no talent, will be out!— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1481807155.0
Vanity Fair published a review Wednesday afternoon suggesting Trump Grill, which is located in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York City, "could be the worst restaurant in America."
Writer Tina Nguyen highlighted what she saw as similarities between Trump's rise in American politics and the restaurant's "inconsistent menus":
The allure of Trump’s restaurant, like the candidate, is that it seems like a cheap version of rich. The inconsistent menus—literally, my menu was missing dishes that I found on my dining partners’—were chock-full of steakhouse classics doused with unnecessarily high-end ingredients. The dumplings, for instance, come with soy sauce topped with truffle oil, and the crostini is served with both hummus and ricotta, two exotic ingredients that should still never be combined. The menu itself would like to impress diners with how important it is, randomly capitalizing fancy words like “Prosciutto” and “Julienned” (and, strangely, ”House Salad”).
The feud between Trump and Carter, though, is nothing new. As editor of the now-defunct Spy magazine, Carter originated the well-known joke about the size of the president-elect's hands, frequently referring to him as a "short-fingered vulgarian," according to Politico.
In fact, it was a comment about the size of Trump's hands that led the brash billionaire to joke about the size of his genitals from the stage of a Republican primary debate last year.
"Look at these hands. Are these small hands? And he referred to my hands if they’re small, something else must be small. I guarantee you there’s no problem. I guarantee you," Trump said after Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) cracked a joke on the campaign trail about the size of his hands.
In a Vanity Fair article published just days after the election last month, Carter wrote, "Only in America could a man whose staff took away his Twitter account be given the nuclear codes."
Vanity Fair, which Trump clearly doesn't like, is part of a long list of publications the incoming president disapproves of.
Over the past year, Trump has taken issue with Politico, CNN, BuzzFeed News, NBC News, the Washington Post, MSNBC and the New York Times. He accused the media Thursday of trying to make his transition "so complex."
The media tries so hard to make my move to the White House, as it pertains to my business, so complex - when actually it isn't!— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1481808534.0