Amid all the increasing chaos of the past week, one particularly odd trend had gone largely unnoticed: Donald Trump has mostly stopped tweeting. He went three and a half days without tweeting at one point. Most of the tweets posted to his account have been of the transactional type, announcing events or posting video of speeches. This morning, Trump finally erupted, ranting about the Devin Nunes memo and other topics – and he unintentionally gave something away in the process.
First we had this tweet: “Rasmussen just announced that my approval rating jumped to 49%, a far better number than I had in winning the Election, and higher than certain “sacred cows.” Other Trump polls are way up also. So why does the media refuse to write this? Oh well, someday!” In case you’re not familiar with the nitty gritty of polling, Rasmussen is routinely so far off the mark that it’s been written off by experts as essentially a fake poll. This isn’t the first time Trump has quoted fake Rasmussen numbers, and it won’t be the last. That’s not the story here. The question is whether or not Trump even knows a phrase like “sacred cows,” because I’m not sure he wrote this one.
Then came this tweet: “This memo totally vindicates “Trump” in probe. But the Russian Witch Hunt goes on and on. Their was no Collusion and there was no Obstruction (the word now used because, after one year of looking endlessly and finding NOTHING, collusion is dead). This is an American disgrace!” We all know that Trump likes to incorrectly put certain words and phrases in quotation marks in order to emphasize them. But despite his extreme narcissism, it doesn’t fit the pattern for him to put his own name in quotes. Also, the sentence in parentheses has too complex a structure to be Trump’s writing. And it’s just too weird that he misspelled “there” but then spelled it correctly just five words later. Although I wouldn’t bet money on it, both these tweets read like poor imitations written by Trump’s staff.
There are only two possibilities here. One is that Donald Trump did write these tweets, and he’s so deluded about everything that’s going wrong for him, he’s bragging about his historically low poll numbers and his memo catastrophes. The other is that Trump’s trend of not tweeting this week has continued, and now his staff is so worried about the absence, they’re writing fake tweets in his name. If it’s the latter, it suggests that Trump has simply given up. So these tweets definitely give something away; it’s up to you to decide which of those two things they give away.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report