NYT's Reporter Blasts Trump for Using 'The Beast' at Daytona for Apparent 'Political Event'
There were no shortage of reactions on social media Sunday as President Trump led the field on a pace lap in the presidential limo, aka “The Beast.”
However, one reaction from a media member read more like a legal charge against the president, than a mere observation.
Maggie Haberman, a reporter for the New York Times, captioned a tweet showing the president’s limo on the track and cited Trump for using the “apparatus of government” for a “what appears to be a political event.”
Using the official apparatus of government for what appears to be a political event https://t.co/GWNm8io8O1
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) February 16, 2020
Haberman’s observation was not a winner with Twitter users.
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) February 16, 2020
He is celebrating an American event with Americans. It’s great for the country. Very unifying.
Just take a breath. #NASCAR ❤️🇺🇸💙
— Steph (@steph93065) February 16, 2020
— KK Berd -Text TRUMP to 88022 ⭐️⭐️⭐️ (@keny_berd) February 16, 2020
a sitting President showing up at a spectator event!!
and actually taking part in the opening ceremony!!!
Another norm destroyed … or something. pic.twitter.com/cuYrt7O035
— Cruadin (@cruadin) February 16, 2020
— S. Harp (@SHarp56_) February 16, 2020
— James Poulos (@jamespoulos) February 16, 2020
Ah shit, better impeach him again. https://t.co/zS2pQprzcS
— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) February 16, 2020
Of course, the Daytona 500 is the Great American Race, and not a “political event.” The president’s limo, “The Beast,” is also Trump’s designated vehicle to use while serving as president. Not sure exactly what vehicle Haberman thinks the president should have used, not sure anyone cares what she thinks either.
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