Donald Trump was naming names when Time magazine came a-calling at the White House this week for an interview. Asked about the media he consumes, Trump unleashed a scathing critique of much of the industry.
Among the highlights, Time reports, Trump said he thinks CNN’s Chris Cuomo looks like a “chained lunatic” on TV, CNN’s Don Lemon is “perhaps the dumbest person in broadcasting” and Stephen Colbert of CBS’s “The Late Show” is “a no-talent guy” who talks “filthy.”
Trump said he no longer watches CNN or MSNBC, but he also had harsh words for the print media. “Washington Post, New York Times, they’re really, really dishonest,” he told the Time reporters.
He also addressed the Time reporters themselves, telling them: “You people are quite dishonest in all fairness.”
Trump said CNN boss Jeff Zucker is an old friend and business colleague, and claimed he helped Zucker get his job at CNN.
Trump had relatively kind words for Fox News, while also taking credit for the channel’s high ratings. “I do watch Fox in the morning, and their ratings have gone through the roof because everyone knows I’m watching Fox,” he said. “But they’re pleasant. And if I do something wrong they report on it. I don’t mean they — if I do something wrong. But it’s really, honestly it’s the most accurate.”
Time quotes Trump providing this commentary on CNN: “CNN in the morning, Chris Cuomo, he’s sitting there like a chained lunatic. He’s like a boiler ready to explode, the level of hatred. And the entire, you know the entire CNN platform is that way. This Don Lemon who’s perhaps the dumbest person in broadcasting, Don Lemon at night it’s like — sometimes they’ll have a guest who by mistake will say something good. And they’ll start screaming, we’re going to commercial. They cut him off. Remember?”
Here’s what he had to say about Colbert: “You see a no-talent guy like Colbert. There’s nothing funny about what he says. And what he says is filthy. And you have kids watching. And it only builds up my base. It only helps me, people like him. The guy was dying. By the way they were going to take him off television, then he started attacking me and he started doing better. But his show was dying. I’ve done his show. … But when I did his show, which by the way was very highly rated. It was high — highest rating. The highest rating he’s ever had.”
Click here to go to the Time report for more of Trump’s comments.
Colbert responded to Trump’s critique on his show Thursday night — you can watch his response by clicking here.