Donald Trump on Deadspin: They 'Are Total Losers'
Donald Trump rarely backs away from a verbal or online brawl. Especially, it seems, after being told to "f--- yourself" after delivering a compliment.
After Deadspin broke the news that the girlfriend of Notre Dame football player Manti Te'o was an online hoax, the real estate mogul praised the sports blog, tweeting a congratulations to the site's managing editor Tom Scocca and writer Timothy Burke.
Deadspin's official Twitter account responded simply: "Go f--- yourself."
Trump, of course, didn't take too kindly to the retort. On Friday, he decided to play armchair media critic by tweeting a series of replies aimed at the site. Deadspin "guys are total losers—they had their story stolen right from under their bad complexions—other media capitalized!," Trump wrote.
The site "will never make it—they don’t understand graciousness or money—and best guy is leaving?," he continued, in apparent reference to the news that Scocca will be transitioning to a new job as the managing editor of Gawker, a sister site of Deadspin.
Finally, Trump's takeaway from the incident: the site's "disgusting response will teach me & others not to be nice anymore—a sad lesson," he tweeted.
Deadspin's original Manti T'eo hoax story currently has 3.7 million page views. In a staff memo obtained by media writer Jim Romenesko, Gawker Media founder Nick Denton stated that the investigation helped its stable of blogs reach 10 million unique visitors in one week.