By Leah Thomas………….
With the release this week of Fire and Fury, President Donald Trump has gone on the defense, calling the book claiming to reveal the private workings of the White House a “phony” and referring to former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon–who is quoted frequently in the book – as “Sloppy Steve.”
“I authorized Zero access to White House (actually turned him down many times) for author of phony book! I never spoke to him for book. Full of lies, misrepresentations and sources that don’t exist. Look at this guy’s past and watch what happens to him and Sloppy Steve!” the president said Thursday on Twitter.
Documentary filmmaker Michael Moore responded Friday to Trump, pointing out that Trump had already used the adjective “sloppy” in Moore’s personal nickname from the president.
“Wait! @realDonaldTrump – On Oct 28 you gave ME the nickname “Sloppy Michael Moore” in one of your crazed tweets. Using the same nickname for TWO people…another sign of dementia! Unfit to serve!” Moore said.
Moore is referencing Trump’s October tweet that said, “While not at all presidential I must point out that the Sloppy Michael Moore Show on Broadway was a TOTAL BOMB and was forced to close. Sad!” The two have a history of public disagreements.
Moore’s accusation that Trump has “dementia” and is “unfit to serve” is not uncommon. Just this past week, headlines ranged from “Is There Something Neurologically Wrong With Donald Trump” to “The President Is Mentally Unwell And Everyone Around Him Knows It” to “Trump’s ‘New York Times’ Interview Is A Portrait Of A Man In Cognitive Decline.”
In November, MSNBC’s Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough said that sources close to the president told him during the campaign that Trump has the “early stages of dementia.”
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders attempted to dismiss these claims during Thursday’s White House press conference, calling questions regarding Trump’s mental fitness “disgraceful” and “laughable.” In response to similar questions during Wednesday’s press conference, she deflected reporters’ concerns and said Americans should instead be worried about the mental fitness of North Korea leader Kim Jong Un.
Trump is known for his giving of nicknames. He coined “Crooked Hillary” and “Lyin Ted” during the 2016 presidential election. And, as New York Magazine writer Olivia Nuzzi points out, there are many more:
Neither the White House nor Moore could be immediately reached Friday for comment