Donald Trump's latest turn on Twitter has come at the expense of a longtime news editor and the publication for which he works. The president-elect's disdain for Vanity Fair and Graydon Carter was on full display Thursday morning when he tweeted about what he described as the impending demise for both the magazine and editor.
While it was not immediately clear if Trump was referring to an article in particular, Thursday was not the first time the president-elect took aim at Carter, a 67-year-old who became Vanity Fair's editor in 1992. It's also not the first time Trump has used Twitter as his preferred method for attacking the editor.
CNN Money reminded readers Thursday morning of a 2012 Trump tweet that said, "Can't wait for Vanity Fair to fold which, under Graydon Carter, will be sooner rather than later." Four years later, it looks like Trump is still very much of that opinion.
But did Carter have it coming? The Canadian-born journalist has openly mocked the size of Trump's hands, something the billionaire's one-time Republican primary rival Florida Sen. Marco Rubio did to great effect. Carter called Trump a "short-fingered vulgarian" in a decades-old article profile that was not published in a satirical magazine called Spy, the Independent reported last year.
"To this day, I receive the occasional envelope from Trump," Carter wrote in Vanity Fair last year. "There is always a photo of him—generally a tear sheet from a magazine. On all of them he has circled his hand in gold Sharpie in a valiant effort to highlight the length of his fingers. I almost feel sorry for the poor fellow because, to me, the fingers still look abnormally stubby."
Trump notoriously addressed the allegations of him having small hands while he was on stage during a Republican primary debate. Speaking directly to Rubio, Trump said: "Look at these hands. Are these small hands? And he referred to my hands if they’re small, something else must be small. I guarantee you there’s no problem. I guarantee you."