A day after Donald Trump received widespread criticism for his excoriation of a veteran NBC reporter, his re-election campaign doubled down on the verbal attack in an email on Saturday.
Peter Alexander, who recently experienced the death of a colleague infected with the coronavirus, asked the president what he would say to the millions of Americans living in fear under the threat of the global pandemic.
“I say that you’re a terrible reporter,” the impeached president shot back. “That’s what I say. I think it’s a very nasty question and I think it’s a very bad signal that you’re putting out to the American people.”
The Trump campaign opted to continue the ad hominem attack in an email calling Alexander’s account of the event “pure, dishonest garbage” and claiming that the president delivered “a positive, uplifting message” during Friday’s press briefing.
“Perhaps if Alexander hadn’t been so determined to undermine [Trump’s] message, he would have heard it,” the email’s author alleged.