- The Washington Times - Friday, September 2, 2016

“A Prairie Home Companion” radio host and author Garrison Keillor has penned a scathing letter to Donald Trump, painting the Republican presidential nominee as an insecure blowhard who is desperate for approval by Manhattan’s elite.

In an essay for The Washington Post, Mr. Keillor wrote that while Mr. Trump’s fans and Fox News’ Sean Hannity are “as loyal as they come,” The New York Times still treats him “like the village idiot.”

“This is painful for a Queens boy trying to win respect in Manhattan where the Times is the Supreme Liberal Jewish Anglican Arbiter of Who Has The Smarts and What Goes Where,” the 74-year-old wrote. “When you came to Manhattan 40 years ago, you discovered that in entertainment, the press, politics, finance, everywhere you went, you ran into Jews, and they are not like you: Jews didn’t go in for big yachts and a fleet of aircraft — they showed off by way of philanthropy or by raising brilliant offspring. They sympathized with the civil rights movement.

“In Queens, blacks were a threat to property values — they belonged in the Bronx, not down the street,” Mr. Keillor continued. “To the Times, Queens is Cleveland. Bush league. You are Queens. The casinos were totally Queens, the gold faucets in your triplex, the bragging, the insults, but you wanted to be liked by Those People. You wanted Mike Bloomberg to invite you to dinner at his townhouse. You wanted the Times to run a three-part story about you, that you meditate and are a passionate kayaker and collect 14th-century Islamic mosaics. You wish you were that person but you didn’t have the time.

“You are in the old tradition of locker room ranting and big honkers in the steam room, sitting naked, talking man talk, griping about the goons and ginks and lousy workmanship and the uppity broads and the great lays and how you vanquished your enemies at the bank,” he wrote.

Mr. Keillor declared that Mr. Trump’s presidential run is his “last bid for the respect of Manhattan.”

“If you were to win election, they couldn’t ridicule you anymore,” he wrote.

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