Donald Trump took aim at his latest target in the media world — this time, Joe McQuaid, publisher of the New Hampshire Union Leader.
“He’s a real lowlife, there’s no question about it,” Trump said on New Hampshire television station WMUR on Monday in response to a front-page editorial by McQuaid that compared the Republican presidential candidate to the villain Biff Tannen from the “Back to the Future” movie series.
“He’s a very dishonest man,” Trump added.
Trump said he had performed many favors for McQuaid, including buying ads and visiting his country club. But Trump did not participate in a Union Leader-sponsored candidate forum in August, which Trump said he assumed was the reason behind McQuaid’s editorial.
“I think I should get credit for vision, because his debate was a joke,” Trump said. “I knew when I didn’t do the debate he would take action against me.”
In his editorial, McQuaid said that Trump insults New Hampshire’s intelligence with “bathroom humor and verbal bullying” that will lead Hillary Clinton to the presidency.
Trump also suggested that McQuaid had secretly worked with Chris Christie on the editorial, since the newspaper endorsed the New Jersey governor in November.
“This is the way Chris is, and he’s the one who got McQuaid to do this, there’s no question in my mind,” Trump said.
In an email, McQuaid denied working with Christie in any way and noted that in June Trump called McQuaid a “fantastic man” and the Union Leader “terrific.”
“This is typical Trump,” McQuaid said.
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