Trump Chides Amazon head Jeff Bezos and his Washington Post

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at his campaign rally in Manassas, Virginia, on December 2. Trump recently went to war on Twitter with Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. Gary Cameron/REUTERS

Donald Trump is directing his trademark insults not only at The Washington Post, a favorite political punching bag since the Nixon administration, but also at the newspaper's owner, Jeff Bezos, the head and founder of

The @washingtonpost, which loses a fortune, is owned by @JeffBezos for purposes of keeping taxes down at his no profit company, @amazon.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 7, 2015

The @washingtonpost loses money (a deduction) and gives owner @JeffBezos power to screw public on low taxation of @Amazon! Big tax shelter

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 7, 2015

If @amazon ever had to pay fair taxes, its stock would crash and it would crumble like a paper bag. The @washingtonpost scam is saving it!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 7, 2015

It's unclear what exactly prompted the Donald's blitz against Bezos and his companies. The Washington Post has run some unfavorable stories about Trump since the beginning of his campaign, as have most outlets (in the mainstream press as well as the conservative media). The Post recently published the kind of story he likes: one that reports his high poll numbers.