President Trump took to Twitter on Sunday to slam Atlantic co-owner and Steve Jobs’ widow Laurene Powell Jobs for her stake in the magazine which recently reported that Trump called dead troops ‘suckers’ and ‘losers.’
In the tweet, Trump said, “Steve Jobs would not be happy that his wife is wasting money he left her on a failing Radical Left Magazine that is run by a con man [Goldberg] and spews FAKE NEWS & HATE,” calling for his supporters to “Call her, write her, let her know how you feel!!!”
The comment was made in conjunction with a tweet by Turning Point USA’s Charlie Kirk, a widely known youth conservative activity. Kirk’s tweet claims that Powell Jobs donated $500,000 to the Biden campaign in 2020, pointing to the notion that the Atlantic’s story was politically motivated.
Powell Jobs’ Emerson Collective purchased a 70% percent stake in the Atlantic in 2017, according to a Politico report. The Atlantic is only one facet of a much larger investment portfolio which includes philanthropic and civic organizations.
It has been reported that Powell Jobs plays an inactive role at the magazine, leaving day-to-day operations to staff and rarely being seen at Atlantic offices.
Trump’s spat with Powell Jobs follows a series of tweets over the course of the weekend targeting Atlantic reporter Jeffrey Goldberg, who wrote the story, and Fox News Channel’s Jennifer Griffin, who utilized her own anonymous sources to support the Atlantic’s report.
“Jennifer Griffin should be fired for this kind of reporting. Never even called us for comment. @FoxNews is gone!”, Trump said in a late Friday tweet.
Griffin has supported Goldberg’s claim that Trump refused to visit a military cemetery during a France trip because of weather concerns. According to Griffin, an anonymous official with close ties to the Trump administration claims Trump called the Vietnam War a ‘stupid war’ and ‘anyone who went was sucker’.
The White House continues to vehemently deny Goldberg and Griffin’s claims.
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