As we’ve previously documented, Donald Trump spent most of this week hiding from Twitter entirely, as his handful of tweets were obviously from staffers. Combine this with the fact that he showed up slurring his words during a speech in the middle of his Twitter absence, and it raised a lot of questions. Whatever was going on, Trump has now returned to Twitter – and he’s making up for lost time with a berserk meltdown.
It all began when respected Washington Post reporter Dave Weigel briefly posted a photo to his personal Twitter account last night which he believed represented the crowd size during Trump’s rally, because he thought he spotted Trump entering the arena in the corner of the photo. The photo showed a mostly empty venue. It was quickly pointed out to him that the photo was actually from before Trump’s speech, and he promptly deleted the tweets. That didn’t stop Trump from using it as an opportunity to go off the deep end about crowd size.
Trump posted this unhinged tweet: “Dave Weigel, Washington Post put out a phony photo of an empty arena hours before I arrived @ the venue, w/ thousands of people outside, on their way in. Real photos now shown as I spoke. Packed house, many people unable to get in. Demand apology & retraction from FAKE NEWS WaPo!” Weigel responded by explaining what had happened, and apologizing for his honest error. But this only served to push Trump even more over the edge.
Trump’s berserk response looked like this: “Dave Weigel of the Washington Post just admitted that his picture was a FAKE (fraud?) showing an almost empty arena last night for my speech in Pensacola when, in fact, he knew the arena was packed (as shown also on T.V.). FAKE NEWS, he should be fired.” At this point Trump was exaggerating to the point that he was the one posting inaccuracies, and unlike Weigel, was doing it intentionally. Even in the extraordinarily rare instance in which Trump initially had the truth on his side, he still ended up lying. At this point Trump was so out of line that Weigel responded by plugging his own book).
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report