It seems no one has convinced Donald Trump yet that using social media as a place to air his petty grievances is not advisable nor presidential, and it flies directly in the face of Trump’s promises to “unify” the country. On Sunday morning, he went on one of his most explosive rants yet, tweeting non-stop vitriol for more than two hours.
Trump reverted back to a stream of attacks on his favorite old foes: Hillary Clinton, President Obama, the FBI, and The Washington Post. It is not new or surprising information that Trump is pushing debunked conspiracy theories about the FBI’s investigation into the years-old Clinton email server investigation, nor is anyone shocked to find that Fox News is still harping on it to help the president out.
It doesn’t seem to matter to him that most of his chosen conspiracy theories have been fact-checked into oblivion. Hillary Clinton was cleared of any criminal wrongdoing in the email server investigation by James Comey, a Republican who was appointed by a Republican president. Jeff Bezos, who owns both The Washington Post and Amazon, is not bankrupting the U.S. Postal Service and he isn’t using the long-time respected publication as an anti-Trump lobbying tool. Facts mean nothing to the president, so none of that has affected his favorite means of deflecting from his own scandals.
The one surprise in Trump’s Sunday morning Twitter rant was his criticism of Vladimir Putin, for whom he normally has nothing but kind words. Trump hasn’t mentioned Syria on social media since the very beginning of his presidential term, when he made a huge display of bombing an airfield a year ago after a chemical weapons attack. At the time, he insisted that the bombing showed that he is tough on Putin and Russia, and this response on Twitter today seems to have a similar goal.
There have still been no sanctions imposed on Russia for their cyberwarfare attacks on the U.S. presidential elections, even though Congress voted unanimously to impose them and despite Trump’s insistence that he is a tough president not afraid to insult other world leaders and “put America first.”
Twitter responded with their own thoughts on Trump’s latest Twitter rant. See some of their responses below:
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