Donald Trump lost no time Sunday responding to a satirical Boston Globe front page about a hypothetical Trump presidency and the blistering editorial that it was attached to.
“How about that stupid Boston Globe? It’s worthless, sold for a dollar,” Trump said at a rally Sunday in Rochester, N.Y.
“They pretended Trump is the president and they made up — the whole front page is a make-believe story, which is really no different from the whole paper. … The whole thing is made up,” Trump said according to The Hill.
But a journalist at the Globe told TheWrap that the idea for the satirical page wasn’t hard to come by.
Earlier in the day, Boston Globe editorial page editor Ellen Clegg said, “The Globe’s editorial board decided to take Donald Trump at his word — that he’s going to do what he says he’ll do if he becomes president. … It became clear that the best way to handle his vision was through political satire, a rich tradition in journalism.”
There was the expected reader reaction, Clegg said. Globe editors have been “interacting with scores of readers — they’re calling, tweeting and emailing. It’s safe to say not everyone agrees with us, but that’s the mission of an editorial page: to prompt conversation and debate.”
And now the man at the center of the debate has had his say, too.