At 11:21pm eastern time tonight, Palmer Report posted a tweet pointing out that Donald Trump hadn’t tweeted anything in several hours. At 11:39pm tonight, as if on cue, Trump suddenly started tweeting. No matter what time of day we make fun of Trump for going silent, within twenty minutes his account always springs to life. Happens every time. Go figure. While we worry about the ramifications of Trump (or his social media team) potentially stalking us, Trump’s tweet itself was a thing of beauty – so much so that he quickly deleted it.
This afternoon Donald Trump tried to distract from Bill Taylor’s devastating impeachment testimony by leaking that he was considering replacing Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney with either Kellyanne Conway or Steve Mnuchin. This didn’t work, as Taylor’s bombshell remained the top headline of the day. But late tonight, Trump decided to take another stab at it.
Here’s what Trump tweeted: “Wrong, never even discussed this with Kellyanne Conway ot Steve Mnuchin. Just more Fake News!” You can see the trouble here – “ot” is not a word. Trump has an all too frequent habit of somehow managing to misspell two letter words, which sets him up for punchlines that are almost too good to be true. He then deleted the tweet and had to try again.
More to the point, Trump’s denial here is a bit weird. Is he hinting that he’s considering other people for the job? It’s not like there’s anyone left in his inner circle at this point. Most of them have already quit in protest, or resigned in scandal, or been fired, or been indicted, or cut a plea deal against him.
In any case, once Donald Trump (or at least his Twitter) account awoke from its stupor, he then retweeted Winston Churchill’s famous quote “You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.” The kicker is that Churchill’s main enemy was Adolf Hitler, so it’s not exactly an apt comparison to Trump’s current situation. Also, PolitiFact says that Churchill never even said the quote. Talk about fake news.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report