Donald Trump’s use of Twitter is infamous. He attacks his perceived enemies, attempts to bully the press, and uses it as a platform to speak directly to his followers without the filter of fact-finding journalists. He claims the platform helps him be more “open,” but really it just helps him lie. The lack of thought he puts into his Twitter use means that many of his tweets will almost certainly end up being used in court as exhibits.
This Sunday, he started his morning ranting about coverage of his legal decisions in the New York Times, along with misinformation about recent elections. He said,
‘The Failing New York Times purposely wrote a false story stating that I am unhappy with my legal team on the Russia case and am going to add another lawyer to help out. Wrong. I am VERY happy with my lawyers, John Dowd, Ty Cobb and Jay Sekulow. They are doing a great job and have shown conclusively that there was no Collusion with Russia..just excuse for losing. The only Collusion was that done by the DNC, the Democrats and Crooked Hillary. The writer of the story, Maggie Haberman, a Hillary flunky, knows nothing about me and is not given access.
‘The Republicans are 5-0 in recent Congressional races, a point which the Fake News Media continuously fails to mention. I backed and campaigned for all of the winners. They give me credit for one. Hopefully, Rick Saccone will be another big win on Tuesday.’
Here are the tweets in question:
That’s a lot to unpack. First, no matter how desperately Donald Trump way wish otherwise, the New York Times is not failing. They’re doing great. Donald Trump’s presidency has actually made their subscribers rise, and every time he attacks them, he’s really only helping their brand. When you’re a consummate liar desperate to abuse power, being held accountable in the press day after day wins the press some public favor. Trump doesn’t have enough idiots in his corner to slow them down.
Second, the NYT actually reported that Trump was “in talks with” a lawyer specializing in impeachment, and indicated Trump would not be replacing his attorney with him. According to multiple sources familiar with the matter, Donald Trump met attorney Emmet T. Flood in the Oval Office. If that’s not true, Trump has yet to dispute or prove it.
Third, Trump’s attorneys have quite obviously proved nothing regarding collusion, obstruction of justice, or any of the other allegations hounding Trump. If anything, it’s the opposite—dozens of charges have already been filed in the investigation and new, damning information comes to light practically weekly. Also, Maggie Haberman is an excellent journalist, and more to the point, has interviewed Trump on numerous occasions. “No access” is yet another lie, which means in this case, “I’m not sure who she talked to because my White House is leakier than a sieve.”
Regarding recent congressional elections, news media actually has covered them. Trump may not recognize the running coverage because the theme is simply not Republican victory. The 5-0 doesn’t exist, unless you simply don’t count the races that have been lost. There have been dozens of special elections around the country in the past year, and results have not been great for Republicans. While Democrats have flipped a total of 16 Republican seats to Democratic, Republicans have won only three elections in places formerly held by a Democrat. Even in places where Democrats lost, their share of votes was much higher than usual. And Donald Trump has campaigned on behalf of several of the losers, as well, a fact he’d probably like to forget.
Here are some of the responses to Trump’s delusional tweetstorm:
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