Former President Donald Trump engaged in a late-night Twitter tirade, lashing out at CNN anchor Erin Burnett hours after she had called out his recent anti-immigrant comments and compared them to Adolf Hitler’s rhetoric. Trump’s comments had stirred controversy as he had used the phrase “poisoning the blood of our country,” which had historical echoes.
During a segment on CNN’s OutFront, Burnett had questioned Republican Representative Anthony D’Esposito about Trump’s remarks, specifically noting the historical context of the phrase “poisoning the blood,” which had been used by Hitler. The congressman responded cautiously, saying it was perhaps not the best choice of words.
However, in a tweet posted around 1:40 a.m. on Saturday, Trump fired back at Burnett with a stream-of-consciousness rant. He criticized her as “ratings-challenged” and accused her of reporting false and inflammatory stories about him. Trump claimed that Burnett had repeatedly called him during his time as a reality TV star to secure a spot on “The Apprentice,” a show he referred to as a “ratings phenomenon.” He alleged that Burnett would do anything to be on the show and suggested that her calls became so persistent that he eventually told her “no more.” Trump then criticized Burnett as not being smart and boring, likening her current show to being on the verge of cancellation.
The tweet also implied that Trump had allowed Burnett on “The Apprentice” multiple times, and he concluded by suggesting that her show should be canceled. In his tweet, Trump mentioned Burnett’s past appearances on “The Apprentice” as a “boardroom adviser.”