In addition to everything that’s outright objectionable and quantifiably harmful about him, Donald Trump is also a just plain weird guy. Maybe it’s because he’s been playing a cartoon character version of himself for too long. Maybe it’s because his faculties are slipping. Or maybe it’s because he tries so overzealously to pander to the most low information of voters. In any case, Trump is having an even weirder day than usual.
Donald Trump started the day with this surreal tweet, which is – if nothing else – a reminder that he’ll watch just about anything that Fox News decides to put on the air: “So weird to watch Crazy Bernie on Fox News. Not surprisingly, Bret Baier and the “audience” was so smiley and nice. Very strange, and now we have Donna Brazile?” What’s interesting here of course is that he’s not so subtly attacking Fox, both for supposedly being too soft on Bernie, and for hiring a Democrat like Brazile.
Of course he doesn’t hate everyone on Fox News. After Trump tweeted “No Collusion – No Obstruction!” this morning with no context, he repeated those same four words this afternoon, this time attached to a video of a Fox segment that was sycophantic toward him. Okay, we get it. He still likes the specific Fox hosts who are still kissing up to him, even if he’s attacking Fox News overall for no longer spending the entire day trying to help him.
Donald Trump is preparing for William Barr to release a dishonestly redacted mutilation of the Mueller report that will make Trump look far better than the real Mueller report does, but will nonetheless make him look rather bad, as Barr can’t redact everything. Even as Trump continues to falsely claim that the report exonerates him, he’s making a point of attacking his own favorite TV news outlet. Perhaps he’s giving away that he knows even Fox is going to give him significant negative coverage once the dirt in the Mueller report starts to surface this week.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report