Posted October 17, 2018 07:49:47 As the US president continues to publicly attack Nelson Publishers, the publisher of the bestseller The Handmaid’s Tale, Thomas Nelson, is facing a new round of criticism from the president.
Nelson said he was shocked by the President’s tweets.
“I was stunned,” Nelson told CBC News on Monday.
“His tweet that morning was completely out of character for me.
I thought it was very unfortunate.
I mean, he should have thought a little more about the situation and not made such a big deal out of it.”
In an interview with CBC News, Nelson also said he’s concerned that the tweets from the President are a distraction from the work that has been done.
“You know, if we’re looking at this from the outside, you know, how it all started, the books were a huge hit, the book has sold over one million copies and we’ve had a lot of people come out to read it,” Nelson said.
“And I’m not going to put him in that category because I think that’s just not how he’s acted and that’s not what he does.”
Trump’s tweet is not the first time Trump has attacked Nelson, who said Monday he was “totally surprised” to learn the President had called the publisher a “fraud” and said it was “very unfortunate” that he’d been “hurt” by the tweet.
Nelson told reporters Monday that Trump’s comments were “very insulting to me and I don’t feel like I was being hurt at all.”
“To me, it’s a slap in the face,” Nelson added.
“It’s a sad slap in my face.”
Nelson, a writer and editor who is a member of the National Association of Broadcasters, said Trump’s attack on the publisher is “the most shameful attack on a publisher I’ve ever heard of in my life.”
He added that Nelson’s support for the women’s rights movement and support for women’s right to vote “is one of the things that I’ve been fighting for my whole life.”
The publisher of The Handmaiden, which was published in 2017 and won three Pulitzer Prizes, said it is “shocked” by Trump’s tweets and that he “appears to be making a personal attack on our publisher.”
“The President’s tweet today was a total attack on us and we are deeply disappointed by it,” said Nelson.
“We have not and will not apologize for the books’ success, and the books are on the verge of becoming a bestseller in the United States.”
Trump also took to Twitter to criticize Nelson’s publisher, saying that “Hachettes has taken the side of the terrorists who killed my wife and my kids, and their allies.”
“Thomas Nelson has given us a chance to restore our reputation, and I’m very proud of that,” Trump tweeted.
Nelson defended the publisher on Twitter on Monday, saying “he’s right.
The terrorists have taken our lives.”
Trump called Nelson “a fraud” and “a dishonest publisher” during an interview on ABC News Sunday.
The President also criticized Nelson on Twitter earlier in the day, writing, “Thomas is a fraud, a dishonest publisher.
He has given millions to the terrorists and the KKK and other evil groups.”
Nelson also wrote in a statement that the President “is a fraud.
The people of the United State are watching.”
The President’s attacks on Nelson come as Nelson is fighting for his own life after a suicide attempt in April, which left him in a coma.
In March, Nelson told a news conference he was not “a person of concern” in the wake of the attack.
“The truth is that I’m alive,” Nelson testified.
“My brain is still functioning.
I’m going to be fine.”
Nelson is now in a New York hospital.
He also said on Monday that he believes he is in good health and is looking forward to speaking with doctors about the future of his career.