In the weeks since his affair with Stormy Daniels came front and center in the public eye, Donald Trump has consistently been afraid to even mention her name, even as he’s attacked all of his other real and imagined enemies on Twitter. On Sunday night, 60 Minutes aired an interview in which Daniels described their affair while also making specific accusations about threats of violence. After it aired, Trump posted a tweet which was, well, weird.
Trump would have been watching the Daniels interview on CBS between 7pm and 8pm eastern time. His first tweet came three and a half hours later at 11:26pm eastern time, which by all accounts is well past his usual bedtime. Incredibly, here’s what the tweet said: “Howie Carr just wrote a book which everyone is talking about. He was a great help. He is a veteran journalist who had a great influence in NH and beyond. He calls it the most amazing political campaign of modern times. The book is called, ‘What Really Happened.’ Enjoy!” Wait, what?
There are only a couple of explanations for what happened here. One is that Donald Trump was so bothered by the interview that he ended up staying awake far past his usual bedtime, but was only able to come up with a plug for a book as his best attempt at a distraction. The other is that Trump had nothing to do with this tweet, and someone on his staff thought that the book plug was a smart way at changing the national discourse.
Either way, this is just weird. Donald Trump, or one of his remaining handlers, has been reduced to insisting that “everyone is talking about” some book that no one is talking about, at a time when everyone is instead talking about Trump’s affair with an adult film actress. Perhaps Trump will fire off more fierce and ugly tweets in the morning aimed at distracting us from the Stormy Daniels interview. But his response tonight is just… weak.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report