October 6, 2022

Trump just declared war on his newest Twitter enemy, but there’s a problem

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President Trump has been in power for almost a full year now, and yet for some reason, both he and conservative media continue to obsess over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.


Clinton has already stated that she won’t be running for office again, and yet polls continue to emerge assessing her dropping approval ratings, as if the approval ratings of a private citizen should be of any interest to the general public. She valiantly and selflessly served her country for many years and should be permitted to retire without being constantly attacked.

With that in mind, Vanity Fair’s recently released video about Hillary Clinton seemed petty, cruel, and unprompted. Entitled “6 New Year’s Resolutions For Hillary Clinton,” it included such patronizing gems as teaching a class in nostril breathing, taking up a hobby, and knitting.

Not surprisingly, many people were outraged by the innately misogynistic video. One struggles to imagine a similar video being made about defeated presidential candidates Mitt Romney or John McCain. Somehow, Vanity Fair thought it would be appropriate to tell one of our country’s most distinguished civil servants to hang up her lifelong career of public service in favor of knitting.

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Some viewers were so outraged that they started the #CancelVanity hashtag as a call to cancel subscriptions in protest. In response, the publication tried to defend the video by saying it was an attempt at humor that “missed the mark” reports the AP.

It now appears that President Trump — who himself still insists on attacking Clinton to distract from his failed presidency — has gotten wind of the controversy over the video. This morning, he took a break from his incessant golfing to lob a Tweet attack at a new enemy this morning by targeting Vanity Fair. 

Apparently, he didn’t like that they had tried to walk back the video. He also seems to have confused Vanity Fair with Vogue because he insulted Anna Wintour, who is the editor-in-chief of the latter not the former. It’s not enough for Trump to launch attacks on Twitter, he’s now launching attacks on the wrong people. He tweeted:

Once again, the president has proven himself to be a petulant child. The entire Vanity Fair incident has absolutely nothing to do with him, but he’s so greedy for the limelight that he forced himself into the conversation, with the added appeal that he could get in some digs at his former campaign rival. It’s a truly pathetic display from a man who has much larger issues to worry about.

Robert Haffey

Robert Haffey is a political writer, filmmaker, and winner of the ScreenCraft Writing Fellowship. He is a graduate of Drexel University.

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