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 TrumpGraham: America must 'accept the pain that comes in standing up to China' Weld 'thrilled' more Republicans are challenging Trump New data challenges Trump's economic narrative 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 TlaibTlaib says Trump 'scared' of 'Squad' Michigan city declines to renew contract with ICE to hold detainees Former GOP Rep. Jason Lewis says he'll challenge Tina Smith in Minnesota MORE (Mich.) and Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarTlaib says Trump 'scared' of 'Squad' Trump to return to North Carolina to stump for special election candidate Former GOP Rep. Jason Lewis says he'll challenge Tina Smith in Minnesota 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 BeattyTrump: Demoted New York Times editor should have been fired New York Times demotes editor over controversial tweets Justice Democrats endorses two progressives challenging Democratic incumbents 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.