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Trump mocks Emmy ratings: 'The worst ever'

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It took him a couple of days, but President Donald Trump has finally fired back at Sunday’s 69th annual Primetime Emmy Awards broadcast, slamming the show’s ratings as the “worst ever.”

“I was saddened to see how bad the ratings were on the Emmys last night — the worst ever,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “Smartest people of them all are the ‘DEPLORABLES.'” Contrary to what the president wrote, however, the Emmys aired on Sunday night, and not Monday.

Sunday’s Emmys broadcast, which aired on CBS, reached 11.38 million viewers. That number tied the ceremony with last year’s previous all-time low for the Emmy Awards.

The poor ratings came as Trump’s former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer made a controversial surprise cameo to promise “the largest audience to witness an Emmys, period,” mocking the similar declaration he made about the president’s inauguration. In both cases, Spicer was wrong.

Handmaid’s Tale, Big Little Lies, and Veep were big winners during the Emmys, which featured a number of historic wins throughout the night (including Donald Glover, Riz Ahmed, Sterling K. Brown, Lena Waithe, and Reed Morano). But attacks on Trump himself was a common theme throughout the show. On Monday, one day after the Emmys, Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway slammed the Emmys and celebrities for speaking out against the president — and noted that Americans were “tuning out” as a result.

“Because they want you to stick to your knitting. They want you to, I guess in this case, read the stuff other people write for you,” she told Fox News. “So they’re welcome to their opinion but how does it really fit? I get that feeling of the old Sesame Street song: One of these things does not belong here. It was on and on and on. I think it’s this culture of sameness that I talk about. Look at the media research center NewsBusters’ analysis recently, where 91 percent — 91 percent! — of the coverage about President Trump in the summer was negative. It felt the same last night watching it.”

During the interview, Conway said President Trump “probably didn’t even notice” the show — specifically Alec Baldwin’s Emmy win for playing Trump on Saturday Night Live. “He’s a busy guy,” she said.

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