Condolences and fond memories came flooding in after news broke that legendary journalist and author Mary Martha Corinne Morrison Claiborne Boggs "Cokie" Roberts recently passed away at age 75.
Journalists thanked her for her contribution to their field and the endless amount of people she inspired.
President Donald Trump, however, was holding a grudge.
Trump eulogized Roberts by...making it about himself, saying:
"I never met her. She never treated me nicely, but I would like to wish her family well. She was a professional and I respect professionals. Never treated me well, but I certainly respect her as a professional."
Just to compare, former President George W. Bush called Roberts "talented" and "fair."
Former President Barack Obama? "A trailblazer" and "a role model."
Trump and Roberts actually did meet—at least over the phone—during the 2016 presidential campaign, where Roberts asked then-Candidate Trump if he was "proud" that white teenagers were using his rhetoric to bully Hispanic teenagers.
Trump told Roberts her question was "nasty."
.@realDonaldTrump reacts to Cokie Roberts' question about kids using his name to taunt other kids https://t.co/1gW6cBnjiQ— Morning Joe (@Morning Joe)1457527589.0
People couldn't help but roll their eyes at Trump's pettiness.
@ddale8 Because it's always about him the malignant narcissist.— DaleWillResist📣 (@DaleWillResist📣)1568748802.0
@realDonaldTrump So Cokie Roberts was an honest reporter. And she probably was honest about you. Did no one tell… https://t.co/ASPGG3sTqU— Janet Schulz (@Janet Schulz)1568781136.0
@ddale8 You have to work to be a jerk like this.— Bella Ciao (@Bella Ciao)1568746782.0
@ddale8 Yup. Narcissistic Personality Disorder. Trump’s picture should be next to the definition of it in every d… https://t.co/V7tsMDAMa2— Lois Murray (@Lois Murray)1568756185.0
@ddale8 Translation: it’s all about me. Always will be. Me me me me me. Someone died? How does that apply to me. I’… https://t.co/sCxY0V7iaW— Quimosabe (@Quimosabe)1568744216.0
@ddale8 He is a horrible man. Simply horrible.— Laurie Maccini (@Laurie Maccini)1568746209.0
@ddale8 EVERY F’ing thing is about him.— Sharonabarona (@Sharonabarona)1568745775.0
@ddale8 @realDonaldTrump Trump is a degenerate. At this point there is no reason to expect anything decent or remotely human from him.— Citizen, Interrupted (@Citizen, Interrupted)1568748260.0
Fortunately, there were plenty of people to remember Roberts more reverently.
Cokie Roberts & I shared a wall — our offices were next to each other. She would pop by to say hi — rare attention… https://t.co/gRjq4g0AYL— Tara Palmeri (@Tara Palmeri)1568812594.0
Cokie Roberts made us all better, because she was just damn good. The best. Clear, focused, tough, funny, and a… https://t.co/Bem5WXYati— Mika Brzezinski (@Mika Brzezinski)1568818379.0
Dear young aspiring journalists, the reason for the outpouring of sadness and love for Cokie Roberts isn’t just b/c… https://t.co/fQLVgdNr8K— amy walter (@amy walter)1568807302.0
Rest in peace, Cokie.
Roberts' bestselling book We Are Our Mothers' Daughters: Revised and Expanded Edition is available here.
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