Donald Trump attempted on Thursday to dismiss a story published in The Huffington Post by claiming that he doesn't read the website.
The story in question, Howard Fineman's interview with Paul Manafort, Trump's campaign chairman and chief strategist, was published Wednesday evening. In it, Manafort said the campaign probably won’t choose a woman or a member of a minority group as Trump's vice presidential running mate.
“In fact, that would be viewed as pandering, I think," Manafort said.
Contradicting his own top aide, Trump said it's likely "we would have somebody [who is a woman or a minority]" as a running mate. The presumptive GOP nominee told reporters in North Dakota that Manafort was "misquoted."
"I don't read The Huffington Post," Trump said. "I don't think they cover politics. Do they cover politics?"
We do, in fact. And there's ample evidence that Trump does indeed read our coverage.
Here's a photo of the real estate mogul reading a HuffPost article on his plane earlier this year:
Here are numerous examples of Trump tweeting out links to HuffPost articles:
Trump was such a big fan of the website a few years ago that he even dropped HuffPost reporter Sam Stein a personal note.
Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist