As soon as Palmer Report got done pointing out that Donald Trump had been ranting on Twitter for seventeen hours straight, he found a way to make us wrong for once. Sometime after midnight eastern time last night, Trump fired off yet another bizarre and unhinged tweet that sounded like something out of the Unabomber manifesto. Then he tweeted again at nearly 1am, stretching his ranting to a whopping nineteen hours on end.
We don’t even know what Donald Trump talking about anymore, and neither does he. But it’s time to talk about what’s really going on here. It used to be that if Trump started making things up about Hillary Clinton, as he did at 12:11am last night, or attacking a Republican holdout like Jeff Flake, as he did at 12:46am last night, it was because he was trying to distract us from something else hitting the newswires. But that’s not what this is. Not anymore. It can’t be.
Trump posted so many lunatic tweets about so many topics yesterday, they ended up competing with each other for media attention. Some of his most absurd rants ended up getting no attention at all, because they came too quickly, and at some point they simply became noise. Does Trump want us to focus on his phony claim that Google is conspiring against him, or his phony claim that China hacked Hillary’s emails? If Trump is good at one thing, it’s getting the media to focus on one BS claim he keeps repeating, so it’ll gain traction. That’s not what’s happening here.
Donald Trump is simply spiraling out of control, on a level we haven’t seen since he took office. He just spent nineteen hours angrily ranting in all directions. None of it helped him change the narrative any. This is simply him desperately trying to latch into something, anything, to convince himself that things aren’t going as horribly for him as they are.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report