Lost amid the controversial haze of last week’s memo-gate was the fact that Donald Trump did very little tweeting during the course of it. Even when he resumed tweeting to an extent over the weekend, it wasn’t clear that he was even writing those tweets. This morning Trump (or whoever might be ghost tweeting for him at this point) finally made up for lost time with an extended Twitter meltdown – but it only served to make memo-gate even worse for him.
Trump started off by trying to focus on the next battle, more or less, when he began talking about health care. But it quickly dissolved into an attack on Great Britain and its universal health care system, which may have something to do with the fact that Britain won’t even let him visit anymore. He then briefly stopped to praise his sycophants at Fox News, before launching into an utterly bizarre attack on Congressman Adam Schiff.
Trump tweeted “Little Adam Schiff, who is desperate to run for higher office, is one of the biggest liars and leakers in Washington, right up there with Comey, Warner, Brennan and Clapper! Adam leaves closed committee hearings to illegally leak confidential information. Must be stopped!” There are several things here that give pause. For starters, “Little Adam Schiff” is suspect. Trump does recycle his juvenile nicknames, but only sparingly.
For instance he used “Little Marco” during the primary and then, more than a year later, tried “Liddle’ Bob Corker” – complete with a different spelling and a weird apostrophe – to try to make it different. So either Trump is totally giving up here by settling for “Little Adam Schiff” or his staff wrote this, and they didn’t realize that he doesn’t recycle nicknames so easily. But the real problem here is that Trump is now falsely accusing basically everyone of leaking classified information. Schiff, a Democrat. Comey, a Republican. Clapper, a widely respected nonpartisan.
Donald Trump cannot convince the American public that everyone is part of one big criminal conspiracy against him. He usually attacks people one at a time, but now he’s desperate enough that he’s attacking too many people at once. To make things worse, he then aligned himself with the least respected person in Congress: “Representative Devin Nunes, a man of tremendous courage and grit, may someday be recognized as a Great American Hero for what he has exposed and what he has had to endure!” Perhaps the two of them can share a prison cell.
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