With Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s announcement that the House will vote tomorrow to send articles of impeachment to the Senate for trial, today is one of the more fateful days of Donald Trump’s failing presidency. This comes after last night’s revelation that Republican Senators are looking at voting to call witnesses in the trial. You’d think he’d have something to say about it, considering how much he likes to foam at the mouth about these things.
But Donald Trump hasn’t tweeted anything today. Even his customary batch of grotesque retweets of obscure accounts has gone missing. Sure, Trump was at a football game last night, but so what? Even if he was up past his bedtime, it’s the middle of the afternoon by now. There’s wifi on the plane. He could have been tweeting up a storm all day today if he wanted to. Yet he’s sitting there in silence, not even bothering to try to control the impeachment narrative today.
Of course this comes after Donald Trump did spend all day yesterday foaming at the mouth. But there was something weird about his tweets yesterday, even for him. He suddenly forgot how to spell the racial slur “Pocahontas” after having correctly spelled it dozens of times in the past, suggesting he didn’t write the tweet. He retweeted several obscure tweets that used the same suspicious hashtag, which is not something that he would know how to do.
All day yesterday it felt like someone was ghost-tweeting for Donald Trump. Today, Trump has disappeared from Twitter like a ghost. This comes after he spent last week barely being able to put a sentence together during his public appearances, mispronouncing every third word, coming off as half-senile, and looking half-dead. Now he’s gone missing on Twitter, when he should be participating in the fight of his life. Where did he go? Everything about Trump’s behavior has been off since his fateful hospital run.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report