Jake Tapper Deftly Hits Back After Trump Tweets CNN’s ‘Ratings Are Tanking’ and in ‘Total Meltdown’

This morning, President-elect Donald Trump once again took to Twitter to take a shot at one of his favorite targets — CNN. In doing so, the incoming POTUS used one of his standby insults to slam the network.

Yep. Besides describing CNN as “FAKE NEWS” and claiming they are in “total meltdown,” Trump hit them on their ratings, something he has a habit of doing whenever he wants to dismiss a media outlet, program or personality. (And this definitely isn’t the first time he’s done it to CNN.)

Shortly after Trump shot off the tweet, CNN’s Jake Tapper — who was part of the team who reported on the two-page synopsis presented to Trump that has raised his ire — used his Twitter account to not-too-subtly subtweet the president-elect.

Besides The Lead hitting the #1 spot in the 25-54 demo on Tuesday, CNN’s ratings have been on the rise over the past year. For 2016, CNN saw its primetime ratings grow by 76% over 2015 and its total day viewership increase 54%. Growth in the demo was also substantial, with primetime up 80% and total day up 54%.

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