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Chris Ruddy Downplays Trump’s Media Attacks: He’s Not Calling the IRS to Audit Mika and Joe

On ABC’s This Week today, Newsmax CEO Chris Ruddy downplayed President Trump‘s attacks on the press today by saying they’re a little “theatrical” in nature.

TV One’s Roland Martin said Trump is the “bully-in-chief” and suggested if First Lady Melania Trump is going to make cyberbullying an issue for her, she should start with the President.

George Stephanopoulos said right now it seems like Trump’s focus is on “securing his base” and wondered that effect that’s having on the White House when people like Gary Cohn feel comfortable enough to speak out about Trump’s Charlottesville response.

Martin pointed out that as Trump keeps trashing everyone, they really have no incentive to work with him.

Ruddy then said, “I think a Donald Trump criticism is not a normal political criticism. Everybody knows it’s a little bit theatrical. I would take it with a grain of salt, some of his attacks on the press.”

Stephanopoulos laughed at this (saying “I’ve been a subject of it!”), but Ruddy continued on to offer an incredibly specific example:

“He’s the type of guy, though, he can’t love you until he hates you. So, you know, he will reach out. You know, the nice thing about him is he’ll criticize Mika and Joe, but he’s not going to call the IRS to do an audit of Mika and Joe.”

Just as a reminder, one of the things the President of the United States attacked Mika Brzezinski on Twitter for was “bleeding badly from a face-lift”:

Watch above, via ABC.

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