Donald Trump Battles with New York Times Columnist Gail Collins

Though much has been said about Donald Trump over the years, good and bad, few have ever accused him of being a classy guy.

This is why.

New York Times columnist Gail Collins wrote an op-ed a couple of weeks ago called Donald Trump Gets Weirder, which, well, fair enough. She doesn’t say anything that we haven’t heard before regarding Trump’s bizarre presidential campaign and maddening birther allegations, although she does give some insight into how underneath his gruff exterior, Trump is a deeply insecure soul:

During one down period, I referred to him in print as a “financially embattled thousandaire” and he sent me a copy of the column with my picture circled and “The Face of a Dog!” written over it.

Somehow, that doesn’t seem at all far-fetched for The Donald. On Friday, the Times printed Trump’s response (which, incidentally, did not refute the dog-picture story). We hear these words being said in his trademark voice:

Actually, I have great respect for Ms. Collins in that she has survived so long with so little talent. Her storytelling ability and word usage (coming from me, who has written many bestsellers), is not at a very high level.

Later that day, Collins responded:

Although Trump and I have had our differences in the past, I never felt it was personal. In fact, until now, I have refrained from noting that I once got an aggrieved message from him in which he misspelled the word “too.”

Nothing more presidential than the ability to pick your battles, Donald! That Gail Collins poses a real threat. Go all out on this one.

Publish date: April 11, 2011 © 2020 Adweek, LLC. - All Rights Reserved and NOT FOR REPRINT