Donald Trump Declares Vanity Fair Is ‘Dead’ After Mag Trashes His Restaurant

President-elect uses his favorite social media platform to attack publication after it called Trump Grill “Worst Restaurant in America”

Last Updated: December 15, 2016 @ 9:32 AM

President-elect Donald Trump took another shot at the media Thursday, this time declaring Vanity Fair is “way down, big trouble, dead!”

Graydon Carter has been the editor of Vanity Fair since 1992. The tweet is presumably a reaction to two stories the outlet ran on Wednesday. One headline about Jackie Evancho performing at the inauguration read, “Someone Has Finally Agreed to Perform at Donald Trump’s Inauguration,” while a review of Trump’s new restaurant was titled, “Trump Grill Could Be the Worst Restaurant in America.”

TheWrap reported that Trump’s campaign has had such difficulty finding a performer for the inaugural festivities that it offered ambassadorships to at least two talent bookers if they could deliver marquee names.

However, Carter and Trump’s feud goes back further than that. Politico reported that in the 1980s, Spy magazine — a magazine which Carter co-founded — called Trump a “short-fingered vulgarian.”

“There was a threatened lawsuit, resulting in a lot of back-and-forth legal letters between him and me. And we printed all of those,” Carter wrote in a first-person essay for Vanity Fair in November, chronicling the declining relationship. “Our relationship, never strong, progressively went sour. Like others who have not kissed the ring on his tiny finger, I have been subjected to a flurry of damning and awkwardly worded tweets.”

And Trump’s hands were a big conversation topic during the election. When Sen. Marco Rubio made a joke about Trump’s hands during the Republican presidential primary, Trump held up his hands and 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.”

Vanity Fair isn’t the only media outlet to be targeted by the president-elect. Trump has criticized the Washington Post, CNN, and NBC News.