New York Times journalist Maggie Haberman smacked down Donald Trump’s angry attack on her forthcoming book about his chaotic presidency, “Confidence Man: The Making of Donald Trump and the Breaking of America.”
The book is set to be released on Tuesday, but excerpts have been published by various media outlets for weeks, triggering the former president to flip out on his Truth Social website, claiming he was never consulted about the book.
“Here we go again! Another Fake book is out, this one, supposedly very boring and stale, by self appointed head case, Failing (unfunded liability!) New York Times writer, Maggie Hagerman,” Trump wrote.
He added: “In it she tells many made up stories, with zero fact checking or confirmation by anyone who would know, like me. In one case she lies about me wanting to fire my daughter, Ivanka, and Jared. WRONG, pure fiction. Never even crossed my mind. Just have to fight trouble making creeps like Maggie, and all the rest!”
In response, Haberman tweeted out a photo that appears to be a list of questions she submitted to Trump, who appears to have responded to her query about that particular episode with a denial handwritten written in his distinctive Sharpie mostly capitalized scrawl.
Trump also denied knowing at the time the January 6 attack on the US Capitol started that a mob of his supporters – whom he privately called “fucking crazy” – were rioting.
“I didn’t usually have the television on. I’d have it on if there was something. I then later turned it on and I saw what was happening,” Trump claims.
Trump’s comments on what Haberman describes as one of the persistent mysteries of January 6 – what he was doing during the deadly Capitol attack – come despite congressional testimony that he was indeed watching events that day in early 2021 when his supporters tried desperately to prevent the certification of Joe Biden’s 2020 electoral victory.
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— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) September 30, 2022