Trump knocks ‘Sleepy Eyes Chuck Todd’: Press has been ‘fighting back’ since he announced campaign

Trump knocks ‘Sleepy Eyes Chuck Todd’: Press has been ‘fighting back’ since he announced campaign
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpProsecutors investigating Trump inaugural fund, pro-Trump super PAC for possible illegal foreign donations: NY Times George Conway: Why take Trump's word over prosecutors' if he 'lies about virtually everything' Federal judge says lawsuit over Trump travel ban waivers will proceed MORE lashed out at NBC News anchor Chuck Todd on Wednesday after the "Meet the Press" host penned an op-ed urging journalists to resist the Trump administration and tactics used by right-wing media.

"Sleepy Eyes Chuck Todd of Fake NBC News said it’s time for the Press to stop complaining and to start fighting back," he wrote.

"Actually Chuck, they’ve been doing that from the day I announced for President. They’ve gone all out, and I WON, and now they’re going CRAZY!" he added.

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Todd wrote in The Atlantic that right-wing talk radio and TV stars including Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity are "exploiting the fears of older white people" in order to secure votes for Republicans and pursue personal profit.

Todd appeared to mention Trump directly in the piece, condemning the president's frequent criticism of the press as "fake news" and arguing that the president is responsible for "antipathy" against the press the likes of which the NBC host has never seen before.

"Antipathy toward the media right now has risen to a level I’ve never personally experienced before. The closest parallel in recent American history is the hostility to reporters in the segregated South in the 1950s and '60s," Todd said.

"Then, as now, that hatred was artificially stoked by people who found that it could deliver them some combination of fame, wealth, and power," he added.

The president and Todd have a contentious relationship, with Trump regularly singling out Todd and his network for harsh criticism.

“He’s a sleeping son of a bitch," Trump said of the NBC News anchor in March at a rally.

Trump has had a contentious relationship with the press since he announced his campaign, and has labeled negative coverage "fake news" and journalists the "enemy of the people."