Call it a disendorsement or an anti-endorsement, but whatever you decide to label it, it’s exactly what the USA Today issued regarding the state of the 2016 presidency. The editorial board wrote that Republican nominee Donald Trump is “unfit for the presidency,” a move that it has never taken in its 34 year history.
The timing of that, according to Chuck Todd, could not be any worse for the series of aggressive Tweets that Trump woke up and fired off this morning, perhaps proving the editorial board of USA Today right. Trump was up as early as 3:20 a.m. EST, shooting off tweets bashing the media before turning his attention to Hillary Clinton and former Miss Universe Alicia Machado.
In this particular hit from the series, Trump calls Machado “disgusting” and tells his nearly 12 million followers to “check out” her sex tape.
Did Crooked Hillary help disgusting (check out sex tape and past) Alicia M become a U.S. citizen so she could use her in the debate?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 30, 2016
It’s a move that Meet The Press host Chuck Todd called out harshly this morning on the TODAY Show during a discussion with Savannah Guthrie and Matt Lauer.
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) September 30, 2016
“On the day that USA Today calls him unfit for the presidency, he wakes up at 3 in the morning, and starts attacking this civilian again,” Todd said.
“This is a pattern for him,” Todd continues. “When [Trump] gets into a bad place — and he is in bad place right now — there is clearly discord in the campaign, the campaign staff’s not happy with him, he’s not happy that they’ve leaked stories — so there’s some anger there.”
Todd concluded, “He is an unhappy man and when he is, he lashes out.”
Watch the above clip from the NBC TODAY Show.
J.D. Durkin (@jiveDurkey) is an editorial producer and columnist at Mediaite.
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