When Newsday’s editorial board conducted a telephone interview with Donald Trump before April’s New York presidential primary, Trump led things off by bantering that he loved Newsday, and is a subscriber. “I see it — every morning I see it,” he said. “They deliver to Trump Tower, so I get it with the others and I like it.”
We assumed he might be telling us what we wanted to hear, as when he told us that his divisive rhetoric (what he called his “tough tone”) would be a thing of the past as the primary season came to a close.
It continued unabated, and he won.
But it seems Trump was telling the truth about his Newsday habit, at least. Time magazine’s Person of the Year article about Trump, published Wednesday, describes the president-elect excusing himself during an exchange with a Time reporter to find that morning’s copy of Newsday in order to prove a point:
The front-page headline reads, ‘EXTREMELY VIOLENT’ GANG FACTION, with an article about a surge of local crime by foreign-born assailants. “They come from Central America. They’re tougher than any people you’ve ever met,” Trump says. “They’re killing and raping everybody out there. They’re illegal. And they are finished.”
Trump appears to slide Newsday’s Brentwood story cleanly and without complication into his worldview, summarizing it in stark, hyperbolic terms.
Time will tell if Trump continues being shaped by his New York-centric worldview and reading habits when he arrives in the White House.