The Huffington Post announced Monday that it will no longer included coverage of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign in the entertainment section. The policy began shortly after Trump announced his candidacy for president.
HuffPost announced its decision a short time after Trump called for a complete ban on Muslims entering the United States.
Trump on Monday called for “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.”
Editor-in-Chief Arianna Huffington explained the publication’s reversal in a lengthy editor’s note headlined “We Are No Longer Entertained.”
She wrote that Trump’s “vicious pronouncement” made it “abundantly clear” that his campaign has morphed into “an ugly and dangerous force in American politics.”
Trump was being reported from the publication’s entertainment section after he called Mexican immigrants rapists.
In August, when Trump became the GOP frontrunner, the site’s editors insisted they would keep Trump coverage in entertainment, stating that “Trump is nothing more than a sideshow and not a legitimate presidential contender with serious policy ideas for moving the country forward.”
“As we cover his daily campaign, we’ll constantly remind the public of what he stands for, citing references and providing links,” Huffington wrote. “So if Trump’s words and actions are racist, we’ll call them racist. If they’re sexist, we’ll call them sexist. We won’t shrink from the truth or be distracted by the showmanship.”