The president’s son, Donald Trump Jr., began publicly feuding with Vanity Fair magazine today, taking to social media to trash the magazine for reporting that he had told people that he was worried that his father wasn’t sleeping, utterly consumed by his need to find the traitors in his midst.
Vanity Fair‘s Gabriel Sherman has been detailing the President’s descent into paranoid anguish ever since a member of his administration published an anonymous op-ed in the New York Times exposing the dysfunction and tribalism that goes on behind the scenes.
The president has grown obsessed with ferreting out the author of the op-ed. Within the White House, the president is more isolated and angrier than ever as his staff descends into civil war over suspicion and accusations of leaking. “It’s pandemonium. He literally isn’t talking to anyone. He’s canceled meetings and is on the phone calling up his friends,” revealed a source to Sherman.
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Which is why Don Jr. is concerned about his father not sleeping, increasing the instability and emotional volatility of a man notorious for his complete lack of impulse control or verbal filter.
But Don Jr., terrified that his remarks behind his father’s back could provoke daddy’s wrath, took to Twitter to attack Vanity Fair over their reporter in the saddest of ways — clout shaming.
But it’s the decision to shame a print magazine for having low Twitter engagement that really hits home how desperately Trump Jr. is grasping at straws to try to discredit Sherman’s reporting.
Vanity Fair prints around 1.2 million copies of its magazine a month and reaches another three million people on its Facebook page. Twitter is not its main method of circulation, and all the “I’m Not Mad, Actually, I’m Laughing” tweets in the world aren’t going to stop the nation from reading about how the Trump administration is collapsing from the inside.