Donald Trump is well-known among journalists for the occasional nastygram -- writing his thoughts (which often involve plenty of invective) on a printout of a story and sending it to the reporter .
Our own Ben Terris wrote about this phenomenon recently:
Trump has a long and storied history of writing letters — often by hand — to journalists that he believes don’t take him seriously. Now that the reality-TV personality and real-estate magnate has announced he’s running for president, he may have his work cut out for him.
The Washington Post, for example, highlighted the rambling quality of speech, raised questions about whether he’s really worth as much money as he claims, and published an opinion column with the surely non-judgmental headline, “Donald Trump’s Festival of Narcissism.” The New York Daily News’s front page screamed “Clown Runs For Prez” and Time Magazine featured an infographic on how to have hair like The Donald.
Trump historically has not taken kindly to such slights. In 1997, the New Yorker’s Mark Singer wrote a profile of Trump that later became part of Singer’s 2005 book “Character Studies.” The publishing of that book lead to a delightful back and forth between Singer and his profile subject. It goes as follows:
Trump publishes a letter to the New York Times in which he calls Singer a “loser.”
Singer sends Trump a letter thanking him for the added publicity for the book, and sends him a check for $37.82 as a gesture of gratitude.
Trump writes a response in all-caps and sends it back to Singer: ”MARK—YOU ARE A TOTAL LOSER—AND YOUR BOOK (AND YOUR WRITINGS) SUCK! BEST WISHES DONALD P.S. AND I HEAR IT IS SELLING BADLY.”
There are plenty of other examples, but you get the idea.
But maybe -- just maybe -- The Donald is turning over a new leaf. Just moments ago, he offered this missive to our own Chris Cillizza, whom he once called "one of the dumber and least respected of the political pundits."
Later in the document:
The kinder, gentler Donald is clearly upon us.