Donald Trump’s cell phone number is now public record.
In an article published Monday afternoon, Gawker released the personal cell phone number for the real estate mogul and presidential candidate as a response to Trump’s own outing of a political rival.
Trump had released Sen. Lindsey Graham’s cell phone number at a political rally, holding it up on a large note card after Graham said that Trump needed to stop being a “jack***.”
Now Gawker has returned the favor, revealing Donald Trump’s cell phone number and inviting anyone to give him a call.
The site noted, “Since Trump, in his considered political judgment, has decided that opening up a direct, personal channel of communications between his supporters and his primary opponents is a noble campaign tactic, we think it’s only fair and right that Republican primary voters be able to reach out to Trump himself. If it is the case—as Trump’s release of Graham’s number implicitly argues—that our political discourse improves when voters can ring up candidates on their private cell phones, then we are happy to add Trump’s cell phone number to the body of public knowledge.”
The cell phone number release comes amid what had grown to be a bitter dispute between Graham and Trump. After Graham’s criticism, Trump insulted the Senator and questioned his intelligence.
“He doesn’t seem like a very bright guy,” Trump said (via Politico). “He actually probably seems to me not as bright as Rick Perry. I think Rick Perry probably is smarter than Lindsey Graham.”
Graham responded as well, smashing his cell phone in a video that went viral in the following days.
The release of Donald Trump’s cell phone number has also sparked a bit of a controversy. Gawker has been in the media crosshairs for a number of stories believed to cross the bounds of good journalism, including a public outing of Conde Nast CFO David Geithner for reportedly trying to solicit a gay prostitute.
In another recent controversy, Gawker also published personal information of a man whose cell phone information was accidentally shared with another person. The story was supposed to highlight the vulnerabilities of the technology, but it was seen as unnecessary and outside the bounds of good journalism.
The release of Donald Trump’s cell phone number is already garnering the same response and getting nationwide coverage along with a healthy dose of criticism for Gawker.
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