President Donald Trump unleashed on The Weekly Standard in a tweet Saturday morning, a day after the conservative magazine announced it would be closing down.
“The pathetic and dishonest Weekly Standard, run by failed prognosticator Bill Kristol (who, like many others, never had a clue), is flat broke and out of business,” Trump wrote. “Too bad. May it rest in peace!”
The pathetic and dishonest Weekly Standard, run by failed prognosticator Bill Kristol (who, like many others, never had a clue), is flat broke and out of business. Too bad. May it rest in peace!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 15, 2018
The Weekly Standard, founded in 1995 by Bill Kristol, has been deeply critical of the president and his brand of conservatism. Kristol — a leading voice of the Never Trump movement — currently serves as the mag’s editor at large, while Stephen Hayes is its editor in chief.
The owner of The Weekly Standard, Clarity Media Group, announced on Friday the magazine would be shuttering after 23 years. In an op-ed, founding editor John Podhoretz accused the magazine’s current owners of murdering the Weekly Standard. He wrote that they would not allow for its sale, and suggested they intended to harvest the magazine’s subscriber base for its other publication, The Washington Examiner — which has embraced Trump to a greater extent than TWS.
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