“To show you how dishonest the LameStream Media is, I used the word Liddle’, not Liddle, in discribing [sic] Corrupt Congressman Liddle’ Adam Schiff. Low ratings @CNN purposely took the hyphen out and said I spelled the word little wrong. A small but never ending situation with CNN!” he wrote on Friday morning.
Trump used, as he frequently does, the colloquialism “liddle” (for “little) to describe Schiff following Thursday’s hearing of the House Intelligence Committee, which Schiff chairs. This time he used an apostrophe at the end of the word (not a hyphen), but did not clarify the exact relevance or meaning of the mark, nor did he fully explain how its use (or absence on CNN) changed the word.
Schiff is five feet, 11 inches tall. Trump is six feet, three inches tall.
A particular source of the president’s irritation is Schiff’s opening statement, in which he reimagined the words of Trump’s conversation with the Ukrainian president to make it sound like a Mafia shakedown.
Schiff made it clear that his statement was his own interpretation of the July 25 phone call. Still, Trump attacked Schiff again on Friday morning over the opening statement.
“Rep. Adam Schiff totally made up my conversation with Ukraine President and read it to Congress and Millions. He must resign and be investigated. He has been doing this for two years. He is a sick man!” the president wrote on Twitter.
A CNN spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment.