Even as a false alarm left millions of Americans in Hawaii believing for thirty-eight minutes that they were about to die in a ballistic missile attack, Donald Trump didn’t bother to publicly say anything at all. How about a tweet announcing it was a false alarm? No. How about a tweet offering some leadership in a time of American crisis? No. Instead he ignored it entirely. Now he’s having a tinfoil hat style late-night meltdown.
We knew trouble was brewing when this was Trump’s first tweet after the Hawaii crisis: “So much Fake News is being reported. They don’t even try to get it right, or correct it when they are wrong. They promote the Fake Book of a mentally deranged author, who knowingly writes false information. The Mainstream Media is crazed that WE won the election!” But, as it turns out, this was merely just the first salvo in his ongoing separation from mental competence.
By late tonight, Trump was retweeting the false claim that “Fusion GPS, firm behind disputed Russia dossier, retracts its claim of FBI mole in Trump camp.” This is not at all what happened. Glenn Simpson of Fusion GPS had testified to Congress that the FBI had inside information about the Trump-Russia scandal from the Trump campaign during the election. Some among the public misinterpreted this as the FBI having a “mole.” Simpson is now merely clarifying that he was referring to Trump adviser George Papadopoulos’ drunken confession to an Australian diplomat, who ratted him out to the FBI.
Donald Trump then retweeted a work of fiction from the New York Post, a tabloid publication owned by his friend. The article was titled “Hillary’s 33,000 emails might not be ‘missing’ after all.” Not only is the article false, it’s dated October 25th, 2016. That’s right, Trump is so lost in a haze of tinfoil hat conspiracy lunacy, he doesn’t even realize he’s retweeting fake news from fourteen months ago.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report