It’s seems as though September 2015 was about a century ago. It was back then that I wondered aloud whether America was ready for a president who uses terms like “perv” and “sleazebag”. Here was my conclusion:
Is his [Donald Trump’s] in-your-face approach enough to win him the election, much less the GOP nomination? It’s hard to say, but clearly it won’t be viewed uniformly as a deficit.
That … er — “candid” side of Trump, which largely disappeared in the waning weeks of the election, reportedly emerged again yesterday during a much-publicized media summit at Trump Tower. From the New York Post:
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“It was like a f−−−ing firing squad,” one source said of the encounter.
“Trump started with [CNN chief] Jeff Zucker and said, ‘I hate your network, everyone at CNN is a liar and you should be ashamed,’ ” the source said.
“The meeting was a total disaster. The TV execs and anchors went in there thinking they would be discussing the access they would get to the Trump administration, but instead they got a Trump-style dressing-down,” the source added.
A second source confirmed the fireworks.
“The meeting took place in a big boardroom and there were about 30 or 40 people, including the big news anchors from all the networks,” the other source said.
“Trump kept saying, ‘We’re in a room of liars, the deceitful, dishonest media who got it all wrong.’ He addressed everyone in the room, calling the media dishonest, deceitful liars. He called out Jeff Zucker by name and said everyone at CNN was a liar, and CNN was [a] network of liars,” the source said.
There’s a lot to unpack there, so let’s start with CNN…