The president has yet to prove himself to be an effective leader, so he has to make his mark in other ways, like through his incessant attacks on the press. His attacks on the press — which normally exclude Fox — are effectively attacks on the very foundation of American democracy — free speech — but he doesn’t care.
On Tuesday morning, he revealed himself yet again to not only be desperate to make a name for himself but also incredibly sensitive to anything that could be perceived as a slight against his administration.
In a report published late Monday night, The Washington Post alleged that earlier this year, Trump had actually considered rescinding the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court, as The Post notes, is often touted by members of the Trump Administration as a “triumph.”
Of course, Trump wasn’t responsible for it. Senate Republicans who decided to claim a non-existent precedent against presidents soon to be out of office appointing Supreme Court justices and blocked Obama’s Supreme Court nominee were responsible for it. Gorsuch’s seat is, in a way, stolen, with him being seated on the court shifting it further right.
Gorsuch, to be sure, is far from unique. Although Trump has yet to turn many of his major policy proposals into reality, what he has accomplished might be worse than if he got his way in Congress. Although Trump has yet to nominate anyone to fill important positions across government, he has nominated individuals to various spots on the federal judiciary, shifting it significantly in the favor of people like him in the process.
In the case of Gorsuch, Trump was reportedly upset that he refused to support the president in his attacks on the judiciary. Trump, at the time, was furious that his Muslim-targeting travel ban had been halted by the actions of a federal judge in Seattle named James Robart; Trump took to Twitter over and over again to attack the decision of the individual he called a “so-called judge.”
Gorsuch called Trump’s attacks on the judiciary “disheartening” and “demoralizing.” Besides Trump being upset that Gorsuch wasn’t behind him in his attacks on the judiciary, he also reportedly felt that Gorsuch wasn’t grateful enough for his appointment to the Supreme Court.
The Washington Post bases its report on interviews with nearly a dozen people, and it’s not as though what the report asserts took place, with Trump furiously threatening to rescind Gorsuch’s nomination, is far fetched to suggest happened. Just look at his Twitter feed for evidence of how sensitive he is to anyone not being completely on board with him.
Predictably, Trump took to Twitter to try and discredit the report from The Washington Post, but it’s not as though someone who lies as much as he does has any credibility.
‘A story in the
@washingtonpost that I was close to “rescinding” the nomination of Justice Gorsuch prior to confirmation is FAKE NEWS. I never even wavered and am very proud of him and the job he is doing as a Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. The unnamed sources don’t exist!’
His suggestion that The Washington Post simply made up their story is incendiary to say the least. He asserts that major mainstream news organizations should not be trusted, implying — for his followers, at least — that he is the only legitimate source of truth and thus further brainwashing them.
Check out Twitter’s response to the president below.
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