John Podhoretz, the editor of Commentary and a former deputy editor of the Weekly Standard unloaded on Rep. Steve King (R-IA) after he sided with President Trump in his criticism of the Weekly Standard.
In a tweet on Sunday, King called the shuttered magazine’s demise “deserved” and criticized the Standard’s coverage of him.
.@RealDonaldTrump is right on The Weekly Standard’s deserved demise (“pathetic and dishonest”). If the articles targeting me were redacted until only truth remained, there would not be much left to read. https://t.co/lnqnU5orBx
— Steve King (@SteveKingIA) December 16, 2018
The Weekly Standard regularly criticized Trump and many believe the publication was shut down so its owner could pour funding into the Washington Examiner’s magazine, which has been more subdued in its coverage of the Trump administration.
Podhoretz shot back on Twitter, calling the congressman a “foul disgusting liar” and a “stain on American public life.”
The problem with this tweet is that you are a foul, disgusting liar and a stain on American public life. The stench of your deceit and your views pollutes your district, your state, your party, and the United States. https://t.co/6Aate5nHSb
— John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz) December 16, 2018
King is regularly roundly lambasted, by Republicans and Democrats alike, for his associations with white supremacist groups and racist tweets.