Donald Trump hastily backtracks over calls for a ‘revolution’ after branding Obama’s re-election a ‘disgusting injustice’
Donald Trump has backtracked over a series of scathing tweets he wrote about President Obama as he secured a second term last night – hastily deleting messages calling for a ‘revolution’.
And when NBC’s Brian Williams lambasted Trump’s Twitter tantrum on his show, the outspoken business mogul turned his anger on the host and his ‘boring’ newscasts.
Trump took to the social networking site after the president’s victory was projected by several news outlets on Tuesday night, and claimed the re-election was a ‘great and disgusting injustice’.
After a barrage of outraged messages, Trump added: ‘He lost the popular vote by a lot and won the election. We should have a revolution in this country!’
Minutes later, he deleted the tweet – perhaps aware of the potential legal ramifications of a remark seeking to incite a revolution against the president.
NBC’s Brian Williams read some of Trump’s tweets on the air, while claiming he did so reluctantly, as he declared that the TV personality – whose show, Celebrity Apprentice, airs on NBC – had ‘driven well past the last exit to relevance.’
‘This is, as they say, out there and getting an airing tonight, so you might as well know about it,’ Williams groaned. ‘Donald Trump, who has driven well past the last exit to relevance and veered into something closer to irresponsible here, is tweeting tonight. Here’s a sampling…’
Williams read several of Trump’s tweets, which called the election a ‘total sham and a travesty.’
However, as it became apparent that former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney would not win the election, the Donald’s tweets became more enraged, and more hyperbolic.
Trump began with: ‘Well, back to the drawing board!’
He quickly followed up with a call to revolution. The Trump wrote: ‘He lost the popular vote by a lot and won the election. We should have a revolution in this country!’ – before deleting the tweet.
But he was far from over. ‘This election is a total sham and a travesty,’ he wrote. ‘We are not a democracy! He added America is in ‘serious and unprecedented trouble like never before’.
The 66-year-old later went onto attack the Electoral College, but offered a kernel of hope for the still-Republican House of Representatives.
‘Hopefully the House can hold our country together for four more years,’ Trump tweeted.
‘House shouldn’t give anything to Obama unless he terminates Obamacare.’ He did not tweet anything after Romney’s gracious concession speech.
But he didn’t keep his anger quiet for long, unleashing yet more scathing remarks on Wednesday morning – this time against Brian Williams, who uses the Twitter handle @bwilliams.
He wrote: ‘@bwilliams knows that I think his newscast has become totally boring so he took a shot at me last night.’
‘The only thing more boring than @bwilliams newscast is his show Rock Center which is totally dying in the ratings – a disaster!’ he added, before asking him: ‘Wouldn’t you love to have my ratings?’
He went on: ‘If I’m “well past the last exit to relevance” how come you spent so much time reading my tweets last night?’
Trump’s attacks on Obama have been more frequent in the weeks preceding the election.
Only last week, he lashed out at the commander-in-chief for using Superstorm Sandy to garner more votes and essentially buy the election.
The billionaire’s grudge hasn’t gone unnoticed by the president.
During a recent appearance on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, Obama quipped that their rivalry began when the two were growing up in Kenya.
‘We had constant run-ins on the soccer field, he wasn’t that good,’ Obama told the NBC late-night host.
Obama said on Leno that the two have never actually met.
During a campaign stop in swing state New Hampshire last month, Obama again joked about his birth certificate.
He joked that Mitt Romney had made it too expensive for him to get a birth certificate.
‘He raised fees to get a birth certificate which would have been expensive for me,’ the president said.
The joke was met with laughter and cheers, and was a veiled reference to so-called ‘birthers’ who doubt he was born in America and question the authenticity of his Hawaiian birth certificate.
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