- The Washington Times
Friday, July 20, 2018

USA Today has dropped columnist Cheri Jacobus after she viciously attacked the young daughters of Republican political strategist and former Trump campaign adviser Michael Caputo.

“[A]re your daughters ugly like you? Or can Trump use them at the Epstein parties so they can survive when you’re broke, bitter, along and in prison for treason?” Ms. Jacobus wrote in a Thursday morning tweet to Mr. Caputo, which remained active on her account as of Friday morning.

Epstein is a reference to Jeffrey Epstein, a 65-year-old billionaire financier who was accused of sexually abusing more than 40 minor girls and convicted in 2008 of soliciting an underage girl for prostitution. Mr. Epstein was said to have partied with many big-name celebrities, including Donald Trump, who called him a “terrific guy” back in 2002. Flight logs revealed that former President Bill Clinton flew on Epstein’s plane 26 times.

Ms. Jacobus‘ attack on Mr. Caputo’s daughters stemmed from a series of back and forths, kicked off by Ms. Jacobus after she called the former Trump adviser “one of the most lacking in self-awareness pigs of our time.”

Mr. Caputo responded to her attacks with several irreverent .gifs and the hashtag #BitterChildlessAlone.

Ms. Jacobus ratcheted up the feud when she mused about Mr. Caputo’s young daughter contemplating suicide.

“[Y]our illegitimate daughter contemplating the pavement because her loser dad is a traitor? Keep it up #BadDad,” she wrote in a still-active tweet.

Mr. Caputo brought the tweets to USA Today’s attention.

The newspaper told The Wrap Thursday evening that it had severed ties with Ms. Jacobus over the tweets.

“Our editors in the opinion section became aware of the tweet by freelance columnist Cheri Jacobus just after noon today,” a spokesperson said.

“An hour later after researching the issue, our editors let Jacobus know that she would no longer be writing for USA TODAY,” the spokesperson added. “We have asked her to remove the USA TODAY affiliation from her bio.”

Ms. Jacobus has since removed all mentions of the paper from her Twitter bio. She remained unapologetic Friday morning, telling multiple Twitter users that now was not the time for civility.

Ms. Jacobus, a #NeverTrump Republican, is most well known for losing a $4 million defamation lawsuit against Donald Trump in December 2017, The Wrap reported.

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