Trump joins the spotlight of NYT columnist Bret Stephens who was mocked at his indignation at his bedbug

President Trump participated in the ripping of a New York Times columnist who was laughed at for complaining about a professor who gave him a & # 39; bedbug & # 39; on Twitter.

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David Karpf of George Washington University shared an email on Monday showing how Bret Stephens of the NYT had filed a formal complaint about having a & # 39; bedbug & # 39; was named by his employer.

But Stephens, claiming to be a champion of freedom of expression, doubled yesterday and claimed to be called a bedbug reminiscent of totalitarian regimes.

President Trump grabbed the sensational claims and tweet last night: & # 39; Bret Stephens is full of them [bed bugs]! I have been calling wrong for years, together with the few remaining Never Trumpers – All Losers! & # 39;

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David Karpf is associate professor of media and public affairs at George Washington University

Columnist Bret Stephens

Columnist Bret Stephens

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David Karpf went to Twitter on Monday to share that columnist Bret Stephens had a problem with a tweet that the educator made about news that bed bugs were in the NYT newsroom

President Trump came in last night and said Bret Stephens was & # 39; fully loaded & # 39; with bedbugs

President Trump came in last night and said Bret Stephens was & # 39; fully loaded & # 39; with bedbugs

President Trump came in last night and said Bret Stephens was & # 39; fully loaded & # 39; with bedbugs

& # 39; The bedbugs are a metaphor, & # 39; Karpf said in his first tweet. & # 39; The bedbugs are Bret Stephens & # 39;

& # 39; The bedbugs are a metaphor, & # 39; Karpf said in his first tweet. & # 39; The bedbugs are Bret Stephens & # 39;

& # 39; The bedbugs are a metaphor, & # 39; Karpf said in his first tweet. & # 39; The bedbugs are Bret Stephens & # 39;

Trump shredded Stephens as he referred to another bed bug story that is now raging – & # 39; a made-up Radical Left Story & # 39; – about a plague at his Doral resort in Miami.

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The original tweet that Stephens struggled with was when the professor commented on a news story that there were bedbugs in the Times newsroom.

& # 39; The bedbugs are a metaphor, & # 39; Karpf had written. & # 39; The bedbugs are Bret Stephens. & # 39;

The tweet initially had a measly nine likes, which Karpf noted, but eventually made his way to Stephens.

In response, the columnist took the email from Karpf and CC & # 39; d the provost from GWU.

& # 39; I am often surprised at the things that supposedly decent people are willing to say about other people – people they have never met – on Twitter, & # 39; he said in the email that Karpf shared. & # 39; I think you have set a new standard. & # 39;

In response, the columnist took the email from Karpf and CC & # 39; d the provost from GWU
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In response, the columnist took the email from Karpf and CC & # 39; d the provost from GWU

In response, the columnist took the email from Karpf and CC & # 39; d the provost from GWU

On Tuesday, Stephens appeared on MSNBC to defend his actions and provide context about why he was a & # 39; bedbug & # 39; was named

On Tuesday, Stephens appeared on MSNBC to defend his actions and provide context about why he was a & # 39; bedbug & # 39; was named

On Tuesday, Stephens appeared on MSNBC to defend his actions and provide context about why he was a & # 39; bedbug & # 39; was named

He continued: & # 39; I would welcome the opportunity for you to come to my house, meet my wife and children, talk to us for a few minutes and then give me a & # 39; bed bugs for my face.

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& # 39; That would require some genuine courage and intellectual integrity on your part. I promise to be polite, whatever you have to say. You may feel better about yourself. & # 39;

Stephens added that the invitation was & # 39; stood & # 39; and gave an excerpt of the professor's position.

Karpf's tweets quickly changed overnight and many users destroyed Stephens and asked him to delete his account on Twitter.

Stephens appeared on Tuesday MSNBC to defend his actions and to give context about why he is a & # 39; bedbug & # 39; was so much influenced by him.

& # 39; I think Twitter is bringing out the worst users & # 39 ;, he said. & # 39; I think that kind of rhetoric is inhuman and completely unacceptable, no matter where it comes from. & # 39;

Many users have destroyed Stephens and have asked him to delete his account on Twitter
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Many users have destroyed Stephens and have asked him to delete his account on Twitter

Many users have destroyed Stephens and have asked him to delete his account on Twitter

He later continued: & # 39; Using dehumanizing rhetoric such as & # 39; Bed bugs or comparing people with insects is always wrong, we can do better. We must be the people on social media that we really are.

& # 39; There is a bad history of being called, analogous to insects, dating back to many totalitarian regimes in the past. I have been called worse, I have written this man a personal note and now it is available to the world. & # 39;

Stephens claimed that he did not intend Karpf in & # 39; professional issues & # 39; and added that it was customary to let someone's boss know how they behave online.

& # 39; It is the case with the New York Times and with other institutions that managers need to be aware of how their people – their professors or their journalists – deal with the rest of the world, & # 39; he said. & # 39; That is certainly the case with the New York Times. & # 39;

Forrest Maltzman, the provost of GWU, made a statement on Twitter and invited the columnist to chat about & # 39; civil discourse in the digital age & # 39;

Forrest Maltzman, the provost of GWU, made a statement on Twitter and invited the columnist to chat about & # 39; civil discourse in the digital age & # 39;

Forrest Maltzman, the provost of GWU, made a statement on Twitter and invited the columnist to chat about & # 39; civil discourse in the digital age & # 39;

Forrest Maltzman, the provost of GWU, has issued a statement about twitter and invited the columnist to chat about & # 39; civil discourse in the digital age & # 39 ;.

& # 39; As you know, Professor Karpf speaks for himself as an academic and does not take any instructions from me. His opinions are his. Our dedication to academic freedom and freedom of expression are an integral part of GW's mission. & # 39;

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Stephens quickly became a trending topic on Twitter, along with hashtags #Bretbug and #BedbugBret.

Several users shared some of Stephen's old tweets, where he shared the PC culture and those who have the & # 39; right to offend & # 39; questioned

Several users shared some of Stephen's old tweets, where he shared the PC culture and those who have the & # 39; right to offend & # 39; questioned

Several users shared some of Stephen's old tweets, where he shared the PC culture and those who have the & # 39; right to offend & # 39; questioned

Piers Morgan shared one of Stephen's old tweets and said: & # 39; Unless someone calls him a bed bug ... & # 39;

Piers Morgan shared one of Stephen's old tweets and said: & # 39; Unless someone calls him a bed bug ... & # 39;

Piers Morgan shared one of Stephen's old tweets and said: & # 39; Unless someone calls him a bed bug … & # 39;

Stephens quickly became a trending topic on Twitter, along with hashtags #Bretbug and #BedbugBret
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Stephens quickly became a trending topic on Twitter, along with hashtags #Bretbug and #BedbugBret

Stephens quickly became a trending topic on Twitter, along with hashtags #Bretbug and #BedbugBret

Several users shared some of Stephen's old tweets, where he shared the PC culture and those who have the & # 39; right to offend & # 39; questioned.

The op-ed columnist even wrote a piece about suppressing freedom of expression on college campuses, many of which said they showed Stephen & # 39; s hypocritical.

Piers Morgan shared one of Stephen's old tweets and said: & # 39; Unless someone calls him a bed bug … & # 39;

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& # 39; Good night, sleep softly, don't let the Bret Stephens bite, & # 39; author Jessica Valenti joked.

& # 39; Good night, sleep softly, don't let the Bret Stephens bite, & # 39; author Jessica Valenti joked

& # 39; Good night, sleep softly, don't let the Bret Stephens bite, & # 39; author Jessica Valenti joked

& # 39; Good night, sleep softly, don't let the Bret Stephens bite, & # 39; author Jessica Valenti joked

She added: & to be honest, I want to * do * burn and move my sheets when Bret Stephens writes a column & # 39;

She added: & to be honest, I want to * do * burn and move my sheets when Bret Stephens writes a column & # 39;

She added: & to be honest, I want to * do * burn and move my sheets when Bret Stephens writes a column & # 39;

She added: & to be honest, I want to * do * burn my sheets and move them when Bret Stephens writes a column. & # 39;

Merriam-Webster even commented on fun and shared the & # 39; Streisand effect & # 39; that & # 39; occurs when the attempt to hide something only requires more attention or familiarity. & # 39;

Many users had trouble with the & # 39; thin skin & # 39; van Stephens and gave examples of the derogatory and offensive comments they actually receive.

Merriam-Webster even commented on fun and shared the & # 39; Streisand effect & # 39; that & # 39; occurs when the attempt to hide something only gives more attention or awareness & # 39;

Merriam-Webster even commented on fun and shared the & # 39; Streisand effect & # 39; that & # 39; occurs when the attempt to hide something only gives more attention or awareness & # 39;

Merriam-Webster even commented on fun and shared the & # 39; Streisand effect & # 39; that & # 39; occurs when the attempt to hide something only gives more attention or awareness & # 39;

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