Donald Trump is melting down in real time. Thus far today he’s attacked the Democrats, threatened the Republicans, tried to make nice with the Republicans, attacked China, and threatened to take health care away from everyone as punishment for his own failure to take health care away from some people. But somewhere in there he dropped an unusual tweet that was specifically meant to attack the people who helped get him elected.
Not that Donald Trump was legitimately elected or anything. He lost by three million votes even after he and his campaign conspired with the Russian government to rig the election in his favor. He’s the guy who steals the answer key to the test and still ends up with a C-minus. In fact Trump has spent the past six months tying his already-frayed mind into a knot by trying to convince himself that he did somehow legitimately win. And that inner chaos in his headspace may help explain why his tweet attacking his own people today came out so mangled.
Trump tweeted “I love reading about all of the “geniuses” who were so instrumental in my election success. Problem is, most don’t exist. #Fake News! MAGA” (link). This tweet is written in such tortured fashion that it may need its sentences diagrammed in order to be fully understood. But it sounds like Trump is attacking the people who advised him on his campaign, because he doesn’t want anyone but himself getting any credit for his so-called victory. And so now he’s caving in on himself to the point that he’s publicly attacking the people who helped him the most.
The trouble here for Trump is twofold. For one thing, publicly attacking those who helped you to illegally rig an election is never a good idea. It may motivate them to go from trying to take credit, to instead trying to resentfully take him down. And second, Trump wrote this in such unintelligible fashion that it’s instantly become the stuff of internet punchlines; it reads as if he’s saying that the people who advised him are no geniuses, or that he had no election success.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report