Trump Goes After Vanity Fair, Graydon Carter on Twitter: "Way Down, Big Trouble, Dead!"
The president-elect reignited his feud with the longtime editor after the magazine called Trump Grill the "worst restaurant in America."
Donald Trump took aim at another media target Thursday morning, claiming Vanity Fair is "way down, big trouble, dead!" on Twitter.
In the early morning post, the president-elect said the magazine is suffering from "really poor numbers" and blasted its editor, Graydon Carter, saying, "No talent, will be out!"
Has anyone looked at the really poor numbers of @VanityFair Magazine. Way down, big trouble, dead! Graydon Carter, no talent, will be out!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 15, 2016
The tweet comes after two Wednesday stories posted on the magazine's website involving Trump. One was a scathing review of Trump's New York City restaurant Trump Grill, titled "Trump Grill Could Be the Worst Restaurant in America," and the other was a post about inauguration singer Jackie Evancho with the headline, "Someone Has Finally Agreed to Perform at Donald Trump’s Inauguration." The latter headline is a reference to multiple reports that Trump's inauguration team has been scrambling to book big-name performers.
Vanity Fair later responded to the president-elect on its Twitter feed, first by sharing its Trump Grill review. "Is this the story that set @realdonaldtrump off this morning?" the caption read.
The magazine then replied directly with a play on Trump's words by posting, "Vanity Fair: way up, big success, alive! Subscribe today!" The post included a link to its subscription page.
Vanity Fair: way up, big success, alive! Subscribe today! https://t.co/OR81gIv44s— VANITY FAIR (@VanityFair) December 15, 2016
Trump's words reignited a long-running feud between the president-elect and Carter dating back to the 1980s when Spy magazine, of which Carter was a co-founder, referred to Trump as a "short-fingered vulgarian."
"There was a threatened lawsuit, resulting in a lot of back-and-forth legal letters between him and me. And we printed all of those," Carter wrote in a first-person essay for Vanity Fair in November explaining their relationship from his days at Spy and up until today. "Our relationship, never strong, progressively went sour. Like others who have not kissed the ring on his tiny finger, I have been subjected to a flurry of damning and awkwardly worded tweets."
The size of Trump's hands again became a topic of national debate during the election cycle, when Trump responded to a taunt from Marco Rubio during a Republican debate, defending his hand size by comparing it to that of his penis. "Look at those hands, are they small hands?" Trump said, raising them for all to see. "And [Rubio] referred to my hands — 'If they're small, something else must be small.' I guarantee you, there's no problem. I guarantee."
The insinuation marked a first in the history of the American presidential campaigns and spurred an ensuing public debate over the true size of Trump's hands. The Hollywood Reporter investigated, determining with scientifically objective results that Trump does indeed have hands just below the average size.
Vanity Fair is the latest media outlet to find itself in Trump's crosshairs. The president-elect, who has been critical of the media throughout his campaign and transition, most recently criticized CNN, The Washington Post and NBC News on Twitter after disagreeing with their news coverage.
On Thursday, Trump followed his Vanity Fair tweet with a post saying, "The media tries so hard to make my move to the White House, as it pertains to my business, so complex - when actually it isn't!"
The media tries so hard to make my move to the White House, as it pertains to my business, so complex - when actually it isn't!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 15, 2016
Trump was due to hold a news conference Thursday explaining how he plans to separate his business dealings from the presidency, but earlier this week he pushed the conference to a date "in the near future."
Dec. 15, 12:45 p.m. ET: Updated with Vanity Fair tweets.