Behind the scenes, Donald Trump is reportedly “spooked” and “completely distracted” and in a “terrible mood” after Michael Cohen blew the lid off his Trump Tower Moscow election conspiracy with the Russians. In the nearly twelve hours since the news first broke, Trump hasn’t tweeted anything about it. Instead, someone else has clearly taken control of Trump’s Twitter account, and is doing strange things with it.
For instance, this evening, Donald Trump’s Twitter account posted this: “As RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel oversaw history defying gains in the Senate and unprecedented fundraising strength. I have asked her to serve another term for my 2020 re-elect, because there is no one better for the job!” There is precisely zero chance that Trump cares about the RNC right now. Clearly, one of his handlers has decided to post this on his behalf, trying to advance the party agenda even while Trump hides under his desk. But then there are the really weird tweets.
So far today Trump’s Twitter account has promoted books written by Dan Bongino, Jeanine Pirro, Gregg Jarrett, Steve Scalise, Arthur Laffer, and Stephen Moore. These people are all Trump flunkies in various capacities. In the past we’ve seen Trump use tweets to occasionally promote someone’s book, but no more often than once every few months. Now suddenly Trump’s Twitter account is a nonstop book promoting machine.
Someone on Trump’s staff has apparently decided to start paying back favors to these flunkies as quickly as possible. Is this a frantic last ditch attempt at getting them to remain loyal to him, as his presidency circles the drain? Are these favors being handed out in such rapid fashion because the handler who’s taken control of Trump’s Twitter account doesn’t expect him to be in office much longer? Something really weird is going on here.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report