Tapper told talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres in an interview set to air Tuesday that he used to think Trump’s branding skill was “amazing.”
He cited the way that some of Trump’s insulting monikers during the 2016 presidential campaign — such as “Lyin’ Ted” for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and “Low Energy Jeb” for former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush ― became part of the political vernacular.
But following Trump’s failure in recent weeks to come up with a consistent sobriquet for former FBI director James Comey, Tapper said he believes the president has “kind of lost his mojo on the nickname front.”
“I don’t know if he’s just so ensconced in the White House, he’s lost his ability to do it,” Tapper told host DeGeneres.
Tapper also said the “Flunky” nickname that Trump had bestowed on him had been “disappointing.” And he appeared to issue a challenge to the president to do better next time.
“Come on,” he said. “Show up.”
Check out the interview above.