Trump Agrees That Bret Stephens Is A Bedbug: ‘He’s Loaded Up With Them!’

Donald Trump, President of the USA, speaks at the closing press conference of the G7 summit on 26 August 2019, in Biarritz, France. The summit took place from 24-26 August in Biarritz. (Photo by Rita Franca/NurPhoto ... Donald Trump, President of the USA, speaks at the closing press conference of the G7 summit on 26 August 2019, in Biarritz, France. The summit took place from 24-26 August in Biarritz. (Photo by Rita Franca/NurPhoto via Getty Images) (Photo by Rita Franca/NurPhoto via Getty Images) MORE LESS
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August 28, 2019 8:08 a.m.

President Trump weighed in on the controversy surrounding a conservative New York Times columnist’s reaction to being compared to “bedbugs” on Twitter.

He agrees, columnist Bret Stephens is “loaded up” with bedbugs, he said in a tweet late Tuesday.

He doubled down on Wednesday morning.

Stephens has been clear in his columns that he is not a fan of President Trump, which is likely what prompted the President’s reaction. The conservative columnist was criticized on Tuesday for retaliating against a media professor at George Washington University who made a joke about him being the source of the “bedbugs” outbreak at the New York Times.

Stephens reached out to the professor, Dave Karpf, to complain about the tweet and copied Karpf’s boss, the provost of George Washington University, on the email. Karpf told TPM Tuesday that it was clear Stephens wanted to get him in trouble professionally over the tweet, a move he called an abuse of his power as a New York Times columnist.

Stephens maintains that he wasn’t trying to damage the professor professionally, but rather, he wanted the school to know how Karpf was interacting “with the rest of the world.”

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