NEW YORK, U.S. - In a two-page spread, The New York Times has published all the insults the Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump has spewed online, specifically on Twitter. Titled ...
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NEW YORK, U.S. - In a two-page spread, The New York Times has published all the insults the Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump has spewed online, specifically on Twitter.
Titled “All the People, Places and Things Donald Trump Has Insulted On Twitter Since Declaring His Candidacy for President,” it includes specific details on every person or organisation that the businessman-turned-politician has insulted in the two years of his campaign. The list also has the addendum: "Some names may be omitted."
The list features 218 entities and the most common names are Hillary Clinton for whom he uses ‘crooked’ innumerable times, the mainstream media, calling it dishonest, Ted Cruz, accusing him of lying nearly every time, the NYT, calling it a failure or ‘failing’ and the CNN.
Others are U.S. President Obama, Obamacare, Bernie Sanders, former Miss Universe Alicia Machado, Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush.
This is what he once tweeted about Bernie Sanders – "I don't want to hit Crazy Bernie Sanders too hard yet because I love watching what he is doing to Crooked Hillary. His time will come!"
T-Mobile CEO John Legere gets two mentions: "focus on running your company" and "try hiring some good managers."
CNN is also mentioned several times, and surprisingly so is Fox News. An example of an insult aimed at CNN: "Not very professional." And this one targeted at Fox News: "Not very good or professional."
Trump also slammed the leader of the Republican Party in the House of Representatives Paul Ryan in the wake of the latter saying he was no longer supporting the Republican presidential hopeful. "Our very weak and ineffective leader, Paul Ryan, had a bad conference call where his members went wild at his disloyalty," he tweeted earlier this month.
And he hasn't speared celebrities either.
Alec Baldwin, who plays the Republican nominee on Saturday Night Live, Samuel L Jackson, Whoopi Goldberg, John Oliver and magician Penn Jillette are among some of the famous celebrities who have been insulted on the online platform.
The Republican presidential nominee also insulted Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly, The View co-host Joy Behar and other journalists who have covered the election season, including Anderson Cooper and Katie Couric.
In addition, Indian-American governors Bobby Jindal and Nikki Haley, as well as an Indian-origin scribe, are among those on the receiving end of Donald Trump’s barbs on social media.
But as expected, his favourite punching bag is his opponent Hillary Clinton. Trump has referred to Clinton as “crooked” some 200 times.
In its exhaustive list, the Times also highlighted some of the more bizarre enemies Trump has made on social media. He once called musician Neil Young a “total hypocrite” and said Macy’s had “no guts no glory.”
His targets online include six countries, 23 media organisations, several members of his own party, a rock song 'Rocking' in the Free World' and even a lectern in the Oval Office.
In July, this is what he had to say about Mexico – "....likewise, billions of dollars gets brought into Mexico through the border. We get the killers, drugs & crime, they get the money!"
Others on the receiving end are German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who is “ruining Germany,” “dopey” Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal who “wants to control our U.S. politicians with daddy’s money” and former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg who “never had the guts to run for president” and “his last term as mayor was a disaster.”
And this is just a list of his barbs on Twitter, those insults he's leveled at campaign rallies, speeches, and debates are left out; those before the campaign are excluded too.
As of Monday, the Republican nominee had 12.7 million Twitter followers.
According to the latest polls, Hillary Clinton is the clear favourite in the White House race, leading by six points against her rival.
The 2005 tapes in which Trump is heard passing derogatory comments against women, also boasting about how he forcefully groped and kissed them, in a sense, is what triggered his downward spiral.
After the tapes surfaced, many women have since come forward and accused the presidential candidate of sexually assaulting them.
‘Polls are a sham’
“They are phony polls put out by phony media,” because they are trying “to suppress the vote. This way people don’t go out and vote," he charged on Monday.
And with just two weeks until the November 8 election, Trump is making a last-ditch effort to woo voter. He made a stop in key swing state Florida on Monday afternoon. Speaking to supporters in St. Augustine, he told them to go out and vote early, assuring them “We’re going to win the whole thing.”
Trump stressed the fact that he started his campaign as an “outsider” and not a career politician. “I am not a politician, and I never wanted to be a politician, believe me,” Trump stated “I ran because this country has been good to me. I love America. I could not stand by and watch what was happening to our great country. I didn’t want to do it.”
And at a rally in Tampa, he continued to assert that the system is “rigged” against him and labeled his opponent a criminal who should be in jail. Eager to reassure the crowd that he is still hopeful about the race, Trump declared, “We are going to put the country back on the right track.”
He also brought up his pet theme of attacking the media, saying, “The media isn’t just against me, they’re against all of you. Like Hillary Clinton, they look down on hard working people within our country. The media is entitled, condescending and even contemptuous of people who don’t share certain views.”
Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton is forging ahead in the closing weeks of the presidential race.
Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren is also campaigning for the Democrat nominee, likely looking beyond Election Day and laying the groundwork to blunt Wall Street’s influence in a Clinton administration.