President Donald Trump lashed out at the news media on Sunday, telling media members in tweets he swiftly deleted to return their “Noble Prizes” for their reporting on Russia.
What We Know:
- In the later-deleted thread, Trump wrote: “When will all of the ‘reporters’ who have received Noble Prizes for their work on Russia, Russia, Russia, only to have been proven totally wrong (and, in fact, it was the other side who committed the crimes) be turning back their cherished ‘Nobles’ so that they can be given to the REAL REPORTERS & JOURNALIST who got it right.”
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— southpaw (@nycsouthpaw) April 26, 2020
- Trump also said: “Lawsuits should be brought against all, including the Fake News Organizations, to rectify this terrible injustice. For all the great lawyers out there, do we have any takers? When will the Noble Committee Act? Better be fast!”
- Earlier in the month, Trump said the New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman should give back the Pulitzer she won for her reporting on Russia, after she wrote a critical story about Trump’s new chief of staff, Mark Meadows, which went into detail about his crying at work.
- Rolling Stone reported last year that Trump even asked Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to nominate him for the Nobel Peace Prize for his negotiations with North Korea – negotiations that are now stalled over North Korea’s refusal to dismantle its nuclear program.
- After deleting the thread, Trump later tweeted: “Does anybody get the meaning of what so-called Noble (not Nobel) Prize is, especially as it pertains to Reporters and Journalists? Noble is defined as, ‘having or showing fine personal qualities or high moral principles and ideals.’ Does Sarcasm ever work?”
- After the White House initially argued that Trump’s suggestion to inject disinfectants as a cure for coronavirus infection was taken out of context, he later said he made the comments “sarcastically” to “reporters just like you to see what would happen.”
Does anybody get the meaning of what a so-called Noble (not Nobel) Prize is, especially as it pertains to Reporters and Journalists? Noble is defined as, “having or showing fine personal qualities or high moral principles and ideals.” Does sarcasm ever work?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 26, 2020
By the way, the 2020 Pulitzer winners will not be named until May 4th, so we’re not sure why Trump is focused on them (even if he did get the name of the award wrong). But given how many 2019 winners got the honor for their work looking into exposing him, we imagine we’ll have another rage-tweet thread in our near future after this year’s winners are announced.