Today marked yet another day in which Donald Trump rolled out of bed and began using his Twitter account to hurl personal attacks at other political figures while making as many false claims as 140 characters allow. This time he lied about his crowd size and then attacked a member of his own party. Except none of it came from him. Yet again, based on clues that keep giving it away, this latest batch of “Trump” tweets appears to have been ghost-written by his staff.
This morning’s giveaways were subtle. For instance one tweet referred to “State” with a capital “S” which is not something that Trump does (link). And then his second tweet of the day was mistakenly in reply to his first tweet, even though they had nothing to do with each other. Although Trump’s skills on Twitter are subpar in general, that’s not a mistake he ever makes; in fact he doesn’t know how to post one tweet in reply to another even when he’s trying to string them together into one big long tweet. So what’s going on here?
As we’ve been documenting (link), the day Donald Trump hired Anthony Scaramucci, someone new began writing Trump’s tweets – almost certainly Scaramucci himself. The attempt at mimicking Trump has included basic failures such as saying “e-mail” whereas Trump says “email,” and correctly using advanced words like “beleaguered” that Trump wouldn’t be able to define or spell.
But even before Scaramucci was hired, we were documenting various imitation failures which strongly suggested Trump’s staff has been writing his tweets since the day he hired an attorney for his son Donald Trump Jr (link). This suggests that the increasing pressure of the Russia scandal, which has now enveloped his family, has left Trump too dejected to even enjoy his trademark angry tweet rants – and that his staffers have had to ghostwrite his Twitter garbage just to keep up appearances.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report