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President Trump slams Vanity Fair over its Clinton video apology

UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 28, 2017

By Elahe Izadi Washington Post

Vanity Fair magazine apologized Wednesday after receiving blowback on social media for a satirical video suggesting new year’s resolutions to Hillary Clinton.

Now, the president of the United States of America has made use of Twitter’s 280-character limit to tweet his own critique of the publication – for not being harsh enough on his former political opponent.

“Vanity Fair, which looks like it is on its last legs, is bending over backward in apologizing for the minor hit they took at Crooked H,” President Donald Trump tweeted Thursday morning, using one of his regular derogatory nicknames for Clinton.

Trump went on to add that Anna Wintour was “a big fundraiser” for Clinton and had been “all set” to be ambassador to the Court of St. James’s (the formal title used in the United Kingdom for the American ambassador). Trump tweeted that Wintour “is beside herself in grief & begging for forgiveness!”

Wintour is editor in chief of Vogue and artistic director for all Condi Nast, which publishes Vanity Fair.

Vanity Fair did not immediately return a Washington Post inquiry.

Last week, Vanity Fair’s “The Hive” tweeted a video that offered snarky new year’s resolution suggestions to Clinton. “Take up a new hobby,” one staffer offered. “Volunteer work, knitting, improv comedy – literally anything to keep you from running again.”

The publication produced similar videos for Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Gary Cohn and even Trump. But the Clinton one – particularly the mention of knitting – was criticized as sexist by some prominent social media voices, including Patricia Arquette and former Clinton adviser Peter Daou, who helped amplify the #CancelVanityFair hashtag on Twitter.

The publication released a statement Wednesday night: “It was an attempt at humor and we regret that it missed the mark.”

Trump has a long-standing feud with Vanity Fair’s former editor, Graydon Carter, who announced in September that he would step down by year’s end. Radhika Jones, a books editor at the New York Times, is taking over.

Carter became Trump’s nemesis even before he took over Vanity Fair 25 years ago. In an April 1988 issue of Spy magazine (which Carter co-founded), Trump was famously referred to as a “short-fingered vulgarian.” Carter’s decades-old teases about Trump’s hand size even came up during the 2016 presidential campaign.

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