While Political World Mourns Barbara Bush, Trump Starts Saturday by Trashing NYT Reporter

The New York Times’ Maggie Haberman clearly hit a nerve. The president made his feelings clear on Saturday when he went on one of his signature unhinged early morning Twitter rants just as his wife, Melania Trump, was getting ready to join four former presidents to pay their respects to Barbara Bush at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas. Trump decided not to attend the funeral and instead sent out tweets personally attacking Haberman mere minutes after he arrived at one of his Florida golf courses. His rant came shortly after the publication of a story that details President Donald Trump’s relationship with his longtime lawyer Michel Cohen.

Nevermind that Haberman was one of three journalists who authored the story that quotes Trump’s longtime political adviser Roger Stone saying the president treats Cohen “like garbage.” The commander in chief chose to only attack Haberman by name and went beyond his usual criticism of the media to criticize the journalist directly, calling her a “third rate reporter” who is “known as a Crooked H flunkie.” He then claimed that “I don’t speak to and have nothing to do with” Haberman. Trump says Haberman and the Times “are going out of their way to destroy Michael Cohen and his relationship with me in the hope that he will ‘flip.’”

The Times and Haberman “use non-existent ‘sources’ and a drunk/drugged up loser who hates Michael” to discredit a person he has “always liked & respected,” the president wrote. Trump went on to express confidence that while “most people will flip” if given…

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