“We take our responsibilities as the official guide to journalists in the United States seriously, and we feel the only responsible course of action is to downgrade the status of Donald Trump from billionaire to millionaire until further notice,” says Alfred Whitehurst, editor-in-chief of the Stylebook.
Under the reference to Trump in the latest edition, Trump is identified as “Trump, Donald J., millionaire* real estate developer and 2016 Republican nominee for president of the United States.”
Whitehurst said the Stylebook would entertain downgrading Trump’s status even further if rumors prove true that he earns a fraction of what he claims. “We’re hearing plausible claims that he’s really just a relatively well-off person who owns a lot of real estate and owes a lot of debt,” Whitehurst says. “Real estate isn’t particularly liquid. He could just have a few hundred thousand dollars in the bank and lots of potential paper wealth locked up in real estate. That’s just not the definition of a billionaire or even a millionaire, necessarily.”
Whitehurst said Trump could settle the matter quickly by releasing his latest income tax returns, but so far the candidate has refused to do so.
The new AP standards are already in effect. In its coverage of Trump in today’s New York Times, the newspaper identified Trump as a “millionaire real estate mogul” and later as “reportedly well off, but his income cannot be verified.”
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