This morning Donald Trump unleashed arguably his most infamous, deranged, alarming, and pitiful series of tweets to date. He bragged about his intellect. He refuted the notion that he’s stupid or mentally ill. He announced, in what has already unwittingly become a sarcastic new catch phrase, that he’s a “stable genius.” Except here the thing: I don’t think he did any of that.
For the past half a year, Palmer Report has been documenting numerous instances in which it appeared that various staffers were impersonating Donald Trump on Twitter, with varying degrees of lack of success. One of the impostors tried randomly misspelling words in order to resemble Trump, but failed to grasp which kinds of words Trump spells wrong. One of the impostors wrote “e-mail” when Trump himself consistently spells it “email.” Yet another impostor kept screwing up apostrophes, yet for all his struggles with the English language, Trump usually somehow gets apostrophes right. So let’s dissect what was posted to Trump’s Twitter account this morning, because I don’t think he wrote it.
Trump began with “Now that Russian collusion, after one year of intense study, has proven to be a total hoax on the American public, the Democrats and their lapdogs, the Fake News Mainstream Media, are taking out the old Ronald Reagan playbook and screaming mental stability and intelligence.” It’s out of character for Trump to successfully string that many clauses together; he usually just rambles through it. It’s also very difficult to believe that Trump has enough of a sense of history to know that Reagan was derided in his time as having been mentally lacking.
Trump continued: “Actually, throughout my life, my two greatest assets have been mental stability and being, like, really smart.” There is just no way that Trump would write “like, really smart.” He went on: “Crooked Hillary Clinton also played these cards very hard and, as everyone knows, went down in flames. I went from VERY successful businessman, to top T.V. Star to President of the United States (on my first try).” While it’s entirely possible that Trump would fail to remember that he first ran for President in 2000 (or lie about it), Trump doesn’t spell it “T.V.”
Then then was Donald Trump’s final sentence: “I think that would qualify as not smart, but genius… and a very stable genius at that!” While I can certainly see him calling himself a very stable genius, the rest of the sentence simply doesn’t resemble his usual phrasing either. While I can’t say it with certainty in this instance, I’m leaning toward the notion that Trump didn’t write today’s tweets himself. If that’s the case, it would mean that one of Trump’s staffers wrote these deranged thoughts on his behalf – which would be a whole other problem in its own right.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report