Donald Trump slammed Vanity Fair on Twitter after it published an unflattering review of his restaurant on Wednesday. The president-elect has received media attention lately for his use of the social media platform to vent his frustration with various issues. The latest Twitter rant concerned the magazine Vanity Fair, which he described as “dead.”
Trump’s issue with the publication arose after a reporter gave Trump Grill “a scathing review,” according to Business Insider. Trump criticized the editor of the magazine, Graydon Carter, although the review was actually written Tina Nguyen, a political reporter. Nguyen was not impressed with the food at the restaurant located in New York City’s Trump Tower and is even less impressed with Trump.
“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’).”
She further described Trump as a “shallow, mediocre man” who is running a “shallow, mediocre business empire.”
This isn’t the first time Nguyen has denounced the president-elect. She recently called Trump out on broken campaign promises. Vanity Fair has long been critical of Donald Trump, whose dislike for the magazine dates back to at least 2011.
Despite Trump’s years-long hatred of Vanity Fair and frequent predictions of its demise, the magazine is still going strong. In fact, they are making the most of Trump’s coverage to help boost subscribers.
The tagline at the top of the Vanity Fair website reads, “The magazine Trump doesn’t want you to read. Subscribe now!”
The feud between Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter and President-elect Donald Trump has been ongoing. Carter, formerly of the satirical magazine Spy, has been mocking Trump since 1986, notably referring to Trump as a “short-fingered vulgarian,” according to NPR.
Trump is notoriously defensive of the size of his hands, even going so far as to discuss the issue during a Republican primary debate after fellow candidate Marco Rubio brought up his hand size.
“Look at these hands,” Trump said during the Fox News debate held last spring. “Are these small hands?”
Trump’s use of Twitter is one that has attracted much controversy, with some people saying that he should stop using it altogether.
A recent post by Politico even goes so far as to claim that Trump’s use of Twitter could be a threat to national security. While use of social media by politicians is becoming more commonplace, it is not common for it to be used on such a personal level. Defense expert P.W. Singer explained that Trump’s openness could reveal too much about himself to foreign adversaries.
“We’ve never had a president that’s shared so much of themselves, not just what they’re saying, but their psychological tics in such an overt manner, and you can be sure that foreign actors are studying that, too…We’ve never had this ability to read so much on what a president is thinking.”
Despite the controversy over his use of social media, the next president of the United States still frequently makes his complaints known on the internet. With 34,000 posts to his credit since 2009, it is unlikely that Donald Trump will ever stop using Twitter.
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