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Donald Trump attacks "low IQ" conservative Washington Post blogger for being "a real dummy"

Jennifer Rubin criticized Trump's plan to have CNN pay him $5 million for next GOP debate, so he unloaded on her


Scott Eric Kaufman
December 2, 2015 8:40PM (UTC)

Donald Trump attacked Washington Post "Right Turn" blogger Jennifer Rubin on Tuesday, calling her a "dummy" with a "low IQ" on Twitter after she criticized his idea that CNN pay him $5 million to appear in the next Republican presidential debate.

"In the latest bit of political insanity, Donald Trump has threatened not to show up at the next debate unless CNN agrees to give $5 million to charity," Rubin wrote. "Why is he scared of debating his competitors?"

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"The easiest explanation is that Trump has run out of one-liners," she continued. "He cannot talk extemporaneously at length (at least not rationally) about policy issues, especially foreign policy, where he has blundered in the past[.]"

While Trump is frequently compared to "Biff Tannen" from the "Back to the Future" franchise -- screenwriter Don Gale even admitted that the wealthy real estate tycoon version of "Biff" in the future featured in the second film was based on Trump -- but apparently he has a little "Marty McFly" in him as well, as his ire with Rubin seems to be based on the fact that the headline of her post was "Is Donald Trump too chicken to debate?"

Trump's reply was just as measured as one imagines it would be:

Having, to his mind, dispatched Rubin, Trump spent the remainder of the evening re-tweeting people praising him, as befits a man as humble as Trump is.


Scott Eric Kaufman

Scott Eric Kaufman is an assistant editor at Salon. He taught at a university, but then thought better of it. Follow him at @scottekaufman or email him at skaufman@salon.com.

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