After a full day of not ranting nonsensically on Twitter to his rabid fan base, Donald Trump resumed his old tricks of spreading lies, misleading statements, and wildly inaccurate information about two of his most hated Americans.
Trump continued his previous insults toward Amazon and its owner, Jeff Bezos, who also owns The Washington Post, which reports on the president’s failures and missteps, that he last tweeted about on Thursday (so “we” were “on the subject” 48 hours ago). Trump continued other previous rants by referring to the New York Times, the third most-read publication in the United States, as “failing,” which he has also referred to as “fake news” while citing them as a source for the information he’s disseminating to his followers. While the Times did report that Amazon has increased its lobbying staff from 60 to 83 staffers, the Trump Organization also has a lobbying staff, as does the NRA who spends millions lobbying lawmakers, as do most oil and manufacturing corporations.
Trump again pushed inaccurate information about Amazon’s sales taxes and their reliance on the U.S. Postal Service for deliveries. The sales tax issue for internet companies is currently being heard by the Supreme Court, although Trump has little room to criticize considering he once stood on a debate stage and said that paying only the smallest amount of legally required taxes is “smart.”
‘Amazon isn’t killing the post office. Since signing a landmark contract in 2013 to expand their business relationship and deliver packages on Sunday, revenue has ticked up; losses are down; and shipping is just about the only growth segment in the mailbag.’
His grade-school bullying insult at Gov. Jerry Brown of California continued, a governor who has also been a recent whipping boy for Trump to blame for everything under the sun. The “moonbeam” nickname comes from a Chicago reporter and refers to voters who are “young, idealistic and nontraditional,” and that reporter saw Brown as attracting those voters in 1983. Trump’s question about whether or not California voters “really want” Brown to continue to serve as their governor is also ironic considering that those voters have elected him four times, the last by a margin of 65 percent and, unlike Trump, he had to win the popular vote to be elected.
The president also failed to mention in his rant about pardons that significant and lengthy requirements are in place in California for anyone to apply for a pardon. California newspaper The Sacramento Bee described the requirements in a recent article on Brown’s pardons.
‘Individuals who have completed their sentence, lived crime-free for a decade and received a court-issued certificate of rehabilitation can apply for a pardon.’
Meanwhile, Trump has used his power to pardon former Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who abused his own power to directly and indirectly cause the deaths of dozens of undocumented immigrants who he allowed to be tortured, starved, and forced to live in intolerable and dangerous conditions and was convicted for not complying with a court order to end his practices.
Twitter had their own thoughts on Trump’s Saturday morning Twitter tantrum. See some of their responses below:
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