Trump Fires Aide Over Buzzfeed Article

McKay Coppins of Buzzfeed wrote a piece about the long-running off-Broadway show “Donald Trump pretends to run for office” and now Trump has fired an aide who had recommended that they let Coppins tag along when they took the show on the road to New Hampshire.

Furious over a snarky Buzzfeed article about his political aspirations, the developer took a page out of his TV show, “The Apprentice,’’ and booted the adviser who had urged him to do the interview.

“I told [Trump] when he fired me, ‘Sir, I’m willing to offer you my resignation.’ He didn’t accept that,’’ 32-year-old political consultant Sam Nunberg told The Post. But “this is not unfair, honestly,’’ insisted Nunberg, who lives on the Upper East Side. “I failed Mr. Trump, and that’s the long and short of it.”…

Trump said his first reaction was not to do the interview, saying, “I understand what Buzzfeed is.”

“But Sam said to me, ‘This guy is a friend of mine. It’s going to be a great story. I have confidence it will be fair.’ So I actually did the interview as a courtesy to Sam.

“But I said to Sam, ‘If this guy writes a fair story, that’s fine. But if he writes a wise-guy story, you’ll be fired.’ And I said to Sam, ‘OK?’

“And Sam said, ‘OK.’”

Anna Merian has a hilarious piece in the Village Voice about the whole thing in which she refers to Trump as a “famous orange-American.” Damn, I wish I’d written that. She notes how long Trump has managed to keep this joke going.

Every so often for the past 25 years or so, perhaps whenever his ratings start to sag or his hideous tie collection is selling less briskly, Trump feels the urge to pretend he’s considering a run for some ever-changing political position: mayor, governor, president, President for Life. Back in October, he was hinting yet again at a totally real run for president . That bout of hinting passed without Trump ever making a formal announcement, both because it’s way too early for presidential candidates to start declaring themselves and because he will never actually run for anything…

In what surely must be coincidental timing, Trump told the Post yesterday that he was setting up an “exploratory committee” for the governor’s race “within a week or so,” which, the tabloid writes, with a straight face, “set[s] the stage for him to begin spending significant sums in pursuit of the nomination.”

It’s almost exactly like the totally real “exploratory committee” Trump promised he’d set up in 1999, buoyed by what he called “amazing” polls and “unbelievable” interest from the media. (The New York Times noted dryly that Trump refused to identify the members of that committee “whose main task seemed to be to advise him to go for it.”)

Trump set up another “committee” in 2011, this one headed by his lawyer and Trump Organization executive vice president Michael Cohen . That time, they even had a website, (now defunct).

But we’re sure this time is for real. Really, really real. Yep.

Yep. Just like Sarah Palin. And people still fall for it every time, like dogs who never realize that you didn’t throw the ball at all and go running to find it. In fact, Palin is supporting her fellow grifter and calling for a boycott of Buzzfeed for the “hit piece” on Trump.

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  • StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    I get the feeling Trump will run as soon as he can find that birth certificate ..

    … No not Obama’s, his own – The hairpiece has probably left it in one of his mansions or towers and now can’t recall which one!

  • coragyps

    Holy shit! Trump is quoted as saying “What a scumbag” in that Breitbart piece, and appears to be referring to someone other than himself!

  • Trump Fires Aide Over Buzzfeed Article

    Also, Aide Buzzes Fire over Trumpfeed Article. True story.

  • Phillip IV

    Now that’s some exemplary leadership Trump is demonstrating here: he lets his employee talk him into something he knows is a bad idea, but agrees beforehand to fire him for it later. Clearly we’ve got true Commander-in-Chief material in him, people.

  • Good God. Well, there’s nothing fake about his being an asshole.

  • Mr Ed

    But “this is not unfair, honestly,’’ insisted Nunberg… Stockholm Syndrome

  • Chiroptera

    … and “unbelievable” interest ….

    Typo: That should have been “unbelieving.”

  • cottonnero

    “You Won’t Believe What Trump Did To His Intern”

    “Trump Fires Intern Using One Weird Trick”

  • BMcHell

    On the bright side and for the betterment of us all, there is…

    courtesy of

    “On August 24, 2013, a lawsuit filed by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman alleged that Trump defrauded more than 5,000 persons of $40 million, handed over for what was supposed to be the opportunity to learn Trump’s real estate investment magic at his for-profit training program, Trump University.[201] Beginning in 2005, Trump University offered a program that began with a free introductory 90-minute presentation promising to teach Donald Trump’s secrets that helped build his real estate empire. This was, according to the suit, no more than a lengthy promotion for a three-day, $1,500 seminar. The three-day program, in turn, was used to plug “elite” courses that cost anywhere from $10,000 to $35,000.[201]”


  • BMcHell@9:

    Sounds like Trump University is taking its cues from the “Church” of Scientology.

  • BMcHell


    Great comparison, it seems so.

    This brings to mind the leaked Scientology video from 2006 (I believe), in which there was a keynote address, of sorts, delivered by David Miscavige at one of the cult gatherings. The climax of his talk amounted to announcing that all of Hubbard’s writings were being re-mastered and republished so that errors made by the original publisher could be fixed. This was being spun as a golden opportunity for the applauding faithful to re-purchase all Hubbard’s nonsense.

    People like Hubbard and Trump thrive on the truism that a fool and his money are soon parted.

  • bahrfeldt

    His birther investigative team, still in Hawaii after all these years, is bankrupting him, but just wait until they reveal the earth shaking truth.

  • @12:

    That what BMcHell @11 says is absolutely correct. I hope that he has to call collect to get the news.

  • Artor

    It has to be a great relief to be fired by Trump. I wouldn’t want my livelihood dependent on the good will of Trump’s ego. I wonder if it’s a badge of honor in the NY finance biz to have been fired by Trump.

  • lpetrich

    Most recently, Donald Trump tried to stop some wind turbines from being built off of the coastline of a golf course that he bought in Scotland. That’s because they’d interfere with the view. He failed. However, he’s now trying that again in Ireland with some wind turbines to be built on land near a golf course that he bought there.

    What a weenie.

    Though not much different from the Kennedys’ objections to a wind farm off the coast of Cape Cod.

  • dingojack

    bahrfeldt = Volcanos can cause earthquakes?

    (Thanks for $500M Donny).


  • “Though not much different from the Kennedys’ objections to a wind farm off the coast of Cape Cod.”

    Though I find both actions elitist and reprehensible, I don’t think the Kennedy’s were/are doing it for anything like the reasons that Trump does it. Donald Trump is, in actuality, a mediocre–on his best day–businessman, that he has succeeded in enriching himself at the expense of his employees, investors and customers notwithstanding.

    It would be a source of delight for me to have him indicted, tried, convicted of fraud and sent to the pokey, with the Judge pronouncing sentence and adding, “You’re FIRED!”.

  • stace

    Jeez, he’s already appointed himself as Lord of the Douchebags, what else could he possibly aspire to?