Trump: Demoted New York Times editor should have been fired

Trump: Demoted New York Times editor should have been fired
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpHR McMaster says president's policy to withdraw troops from Afghanistan is 'unwise' Cast of 'Parks and Rec' reunite for virtual town hall to address Wisconsin voters Biden says Trump should step down over coronavirus response MORE on Thursday suggested The New York Times did not go far enough in demoting one of its editors earlier this week, though it was unclear if he was aware of the reason for the punishment.

Trump tweeted about the demotion of Jonathan Weisman, the deputy Washington editor for the Times, days after the newspaper detailed the decision following controversial tweets criticizing Democrats.

While the demotion was announced Tuesday, Trump's tweet came a short time after a Fox News segment in which New York Post columnist Mike Goodwin weighed in on the personnel decision and was also critical of the newspaper's coverage of the president.

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Trump frequently rails against the Times, lashing out at individual reporters and describing coverage he dislikes as "fake news." He has also described the newspaper as the "enemy of the people," despite warnings from its publisher and others about the dangers of the term.

Weisman's demotion came after a series of social media controversies.

Last month, he deleted a tweet suggesting that saying Democratic Reps. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibGeorge Conway: 'Trump is like a practical joke that got out of hand' Pelosi endorses Kennedy in Massachusetts Senate primary challenge The Democratic Party platform represents our big tent MORE (Mich.) and Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarDemocrats scramble on COVID-19 relief amid division, Trump surprise Larry Kudlow defends response to coronavirus: Trump 'led wisely' The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by National Industries for the Blind - Woodward book revelations rock Washington MORE (Minn.) were from the Midwest was "like saying @RepLloydDoggett (D-Austin) is from Texas or @repjohnlewis (D-Atlanta) is from the Deep South.”

The tweet drew widespread backlash from other Democrats and observers who accused Weisman of racism. 

Weisman also faced criticism last week after saying that the organization Justice Democrats was backing "another primary challenger trying to unseat an African American," specifically Morgan Harper against Rep. Joyce BeattyJoyce Birdson BeattySharpton, police reform take center stage at National Mall Sanders raised over 0,000 for candidates in Tuesday primaries The Hill's Campaign Report: Progressives raise expectations ahead of big primary night MORE (D-Ohio). Harper responded that she is also black.

The editor faced additional backlash after author Roxane Gay accused him of emailing her after she mocked the tweets, telling her that she owed him an “enormous apology” for accusing him of racism and incompetence.

"Jonathan Weisman met with [Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet] today and apologized for his recent serious lapses in judgment. As a consequence of his actions, he has been demoted and will no longer be overseeing the team that covers Congress or be active on social media. We don't typically discuss personnel matters but we're doing so in this instance with Jonathan's knowledge," a Times spokesperson said in a Tuesday statement to The Hill.