Accuracy in Media

USA Today criticized President Trump last week for his tweet about Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.).

Trump tweeted that Gillibrand begged for campaign contributions and “would do anything for them.” The USA Today editorial board took offense at the tweet, saying that it inferred sexual favors in exchange for political donations.

Here’s what the president tweeted:

“Lightweight Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a total flunky for Chuck Schumer and someone who would come to my office ‘begging’ for campaign contributions not so long ago (and would do anything for them), is now in the ring fighting against Trump. Very disloyal to Bill & Crooked-USED!”

The editorial board wrote the following about Trump’s tweet:

“A president who would all but call Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand a whore is not fit to clean the toilets in the Barack Obama Presidential Library or to shine the shoes of George W. Bush…”

“This isn’t about the policy differences we have with all presidents or our disappointment in some of their decisions. Obama and Bush both failed in many ways. They broke promises and told untruths, but the basic decency of each man was never in doubt.”

The USA Today editorial board ran an anti-Trump endorsement in the 2016 campaign cycle, entitled, “Trump is ‘unfit for the presidency,'” so their criticism of the president is not out-of-character for the news outlet.

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