#BedbugBret Stephens' Week Goes From Bad to Worse as Trump Unloads on "Lightweight Journalist"

President Donald Trump walks across the South Lawn as he arrives at the White House, Sunday, June 30, 2019, in Washington. Trump returns from a visit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the border village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea as well as the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

President Donald Trump

President Donald Trump walks across the South Lawn as he arrives at the White House, Sunday, June 30, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

It’s been a wild news week where bedbugs have featured prominently in national stories about poor working conditions at the New York Times, a minor-turned-major insult directed at Times columnist Bret Stephens, and allegations of a bedbug infestation at President Trump’s Doral golf resort.


The Stephens story is arguably the biggest among them, considering by his own hand he brought the harsh, glaring spotlight on himself by turning a harmless (in the scheme of things) Twitter insult from a George Washington University associate professor into a big f—in’ deal.

Naturally, President Trump was going to weigh in on this matter because Stephens, viewed in some circles as the NYT’s “token” conservative, is a frequent critic of Trump and has bragged about being a staunch part of the Never Trump movement.

Late last night and first thing this morning, Trump cut loose on the stories about alleged bedbug infestations at Doral, and Stephens himself:

Though Stephens has indeed deleted his Twitter account in the aftermath of the backlash against him, no doubt he’ll hear about Trump’s rant against him, since he seems to be super-sensitive to and monitors that sort of thing.


In a rather ironic update to Slate’s Monday story about the NYT bedbug infestation issue that was announced via an email to employees at the beginning of the week, exactly one bedbug was found “on a 3rd floor couch” after the affected areas were treated. There was no word, however, of whether or not Bret Stephens’ office is on the 3rd floor in the vicinity of that couch.

Stay tuned.

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