The Washington Post reporter whom President Trump wants fired for a misleading tweet about a recent Trump rally resigned from the newspaper years ago for disparaging Republicans in a string of emails.
The reporter, Dave Weigel, was hired by the Post in 2010 to blog about conservatives and resigned three months later, the paper reported at the time. Weigel’s resignation came after he posted personal, caustic emails on an off-the-record listserv about Texas GOP Rep. Ron Paul, conservative syndicated radio personality Rush Limbaugh and others.
Among the leaked comments on the “Journolist” listserv was that Paul, elected in the 2010 Tea Party wave, was part of the “Paultard Tea Party.”
Weigel apologized for the comment, and offered his resignation, which was accepted by then-Managing Editor Raju Narisetti, according to the Post. Weigel was rehired in 2015.
Weigel has also apologized for what the called the “bad tweet” he sent Friday night — a picture of the crowd before Trump began his rally in Pensacola, Fla. He tweeted the photo of a half-empty arena to mock Trump for saying the rally was “packed to the rafters.”
“It was a bad tweet on my personal account, not a story for Washington Post. I deleted it after like 20 minutes. Very fair to call me out,” Weigel tweeted after being…