The latest target of angry tweets in President-elect Donald Trump’s ongoing media war is the publication Vanity Fair, which apparently got under his skin with a bad review of the Trump Grill.
While media stalwarts from CNN to MSNBC to The New York Times to The Washington Post to NBC News have all found themselves in Trump’s crosshairs at various times, TheBlaze notes that Trump has had unkind things to say about Vanity Fair for years. But Vanity Fair’s review of the New York eatery in the lobby of Trump Tower, published Wednesday, appears to have crossed a line.
One passage from the review by Tina Nguyen, a reporter for The Hive who covers politics and the media, quotes Fran Lebowitz, speaking at the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit, saying Trump is “a poor person’s idea of a rich person — They see him. They think, ‘If I were rich, I’d have a fabulous tie like that.’”
Nguyen adds: “Nowhere, perhaps, does this reflection appear more accurate than at Trump Grill (which is occasionally spelled Grille on various pieces of signage).”
The restaurant review, which runs under the headline “Trump Grill could be the worst restaurant in America — and it reveals everything you need to know about our next president,” clearly caught Trump’s attention. He sent out a Tweet this morning targeting the magazine and its editor, Graydon Carter.
“Has anyone looked at the really poor numbers of @VanityFair Magazine. Way down, big trouble, dead! Graydon Carter, no talent, will be out!,” Trump tweeted.
TheBlaze notes that the bad blood between Vanity Fair and Trump didn’t just surface this week. The report quotes a comment by Carter published just after the election last month in which he wrote: “Only in America could a man whose staff took away his Twitter account be given the nuclear codes.”
But the feud goes back well before November. TheBlaze also posted parts of a Twitter tirade by Trump against Vanity Fair back in 2012.
As for the food at the Trump Grill, among Nguyen’s many scathing comments, this one may sum up her reaction to it. Calling the food “slop,” she notes: “As soon as I got home, I brushed my teeth twice and curled up in bed until the nausea passed.”