On Saturday, President Donald Trump called for The Washington Post's Dave Weigel to be fired from his job over a tweet Weigel posted to his personal account showing small crowds at Trump's Pensacola, FL rally on Friday night.
".@DaveWeigel @WashingtonPost put out a phony photo of an empty arena hours before I arrived @ the venue, w/ thousands of people outside, on their way in. Real photos now shown as I spoke. Packed house, many people unable to get in. Demand apology & retraction from FAKE NEWS WaPo!" Trump tweeted angrily.
.@DaveWeigel @WashingtonPost put out a phony photo of an empty arena hours before I arrived @ the venue, w/ thousan… https://t.co/3sbs38FyaF— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1512856904.0
Weigel took down the tweet, apologized and posted a correction, but many administration critics hit back at Trump's hypocrisy, given the number of lies, sins of omission and outright fabrications the White House has foisted on the public.
Sure thing: I apologize. I deleted the photo after @dmartosko told me I'd gotten it wrong. Was confused by the imag… https://t.co/NlDeFGypLD— Dave Weigel (@Dave Weigel)1512857079.0
Weigel's defenders were legion -- and not happy.
Your Chief of Staff lied about @RepWilson when are you going to fire him? https://t.co/S309aquJPc— Ruben Gallego (@Ruben Gallego)1512863387.0
By including Dave Weigel’s @ handle, the president’s statement is inviting followers to gang up on a reporter https://t.co/3C5jKDvFP5— Brian Stelter (@Brian Stelter)1512861903.0
Take a moment and follow @daveweigel, a great reporter and a fantastic guide to this political age. https://t.co/vqsyyhCjN8— David Fahrenthold (@David Fahrenthold)1512868780.0
Trump is attacking @daveweigel because he is sad and vain but also because he doesn’t want his supporters to believ… https://t.co/ovC5fSJq5w— Dan Pfeiffer (@Dan Pfeiffer)1512864393.0
He apologized for his tweet and explained he made an error and got it wrong. Weigel is an honest journalist — anyon… https://t.co/CBtB46qmNo— Oliver Darcy (@Oliver Darcy)1512861578.0
Dave Weigel is one of the best reporters in the world. He made a mistake — in a tweet! — about CROWD SIZE. He admi… https://t.co/hFdUYILASG— Matt Fuller (@Matt Fuller)1512863325.0
I like how Trump thinks calling out “Dave Weigel” for his mistake, absolves dear leader of all the lies he tells every day.— SM (@SM)1512873458.0
The president calling for a journalist to be fired seems like a public threat to the First Amendment. https://t.co/Vx4csNtIP4— Kyle Griffin (@Kyle Griffin)1512863406.0
The irony of this clown wanting someone fired for misrepresenting a crowd size is too much https://t.co/MIKZyG8uYZ— Tommy Vietor (@Tommy Vietor)1512863683.0
Let's be real, regardless of the fact that Dave Weigel is a fine journalist, Trump is unqualified to clean his toe… https://t.co/WD7nSudz4V— s-monk (@s-monk)1512873599.0