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 TrumpNational Archives says it altered Trump signs, other messages in Women's March photo Dems plan marathon prep for Senate trial, wary of Trump trying to 'game' the process Democratic lawmaker dismisses GOP lawsuit threat: 'Take your letter and shove it' 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 TlaibHillicon Valley: Biden calls for revoking tech legal shield | DHS chief 'fully expects' Russia to try to interfere in 2020 | Smaller companies testify against Big Tech 'monopoly power' Michigan governor urges Zuckerberg to enforce community guidelines after hate speech, threats surface Ayanna Pressley's 'squad' of congresswomen offers support after she opens up about alopecia MORE (Mich.) and Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarAyanna Pressley's 'squad' of congresswomen offers support after she opens up about alopecia With surge in anti-Semitism, political leaders need to be aggressive and reflective in response Congressional Progressive Caucus co-chair endorses Sanders 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 BeattyBoth sides of the aisle call for local, state, federal cooperation on homelessness The Hill's Morning Report - Impeachment trial a week away; debate night Progressive group unveils first slate of 2020 congressional endorsements 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.