Donald Trump’s latest Twitter bender this morning is getting a lot of attention because he managed to misspell the name of his own political party while also making up another new word as well. Did you know the “Rupublicans” were a thing, or that impeachment has been an “infair” process against Trump? But this meltdown actually gives something away, and no, we’re not talking about the fact that he’s illiterate.
For reference, here’s Trump’s tweet: “Republicans are very unified and energized in our fight on the Impeachment Hoax with the Do Nothing Democrats, and now are starting to go after the Substance even more than the very infair Process because just a casual reading of the Transcript leads EVERYBODY to see that the call with the Ukrainian President was a totally appropriate one. As he said, “No Pressure.” This Impeachment nonsense is just a continuation of the Witch Hunt Hoax, which has been going on since before I even got elected. Rupublicans, go with Substance and close it out!”
Sure, the “Rupublicans” jokes write themselves. Is that code for all the rubles that Russia used to buy off the Republicans? But here’s the thing. Trump is now telling his “Rupublican” allies to “go with substance.” That means he wants them to abandon their strategy of dishonestly attacking the impeachment process, and he instead wants them to shift to a strategy of lying about the substance of his crimes.
This is notable because, just yesterday, Colonel Vindman revealed that the “transcript” of Donald Trump’s fateful Ukraine phone call was sanitized to remove the most damning things that Trump said, and that Vindman’s efforts to make the transcript accurate were overruled. Now suddenly Trump has decided to base his strategy around the transcript somehow exonerating him. Is he a day late with this strategy or what?
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report