Now that Donald Trump has officially been sold out by his former National Security Adviser and former close personal ally Michael Flynn, we’ve all been waiting to see Trump’s reaction. Would he begin tweeting maniacally about Flynn? Would he yell “fake news” at the plea deal story and insist that Flynn somehow hasn’t sold him out? Would he randomly attack yet another famous black athlete to try to create a distraction? None of the above. He’s finally tweeted something, and it’s just… bizarre.
Here’s what Trump tweeted in the hours after the Michael Flynn news: “The media has been speculating that I fired Rex Tillerson or that he would be leaving soon – FAKE NEWS! He’s not leaving and while we disagree on certain subjects, (I call the final shots) we work well together and America is highly respected again!” Wait, what? Trump’s closest adviser just sold him out, his presidency just went up in a ball of flames, and he’s probably headed to prison in the end, and yet he’s tweeting about his personal feud with Tillerson instead? Is he that far gone? Actually, no, there’s something else going on here, because Trump didn’t write that tweet.
Trump’s tweet includes a link to an Instagram photo of himself and Rex Tillerson during better times. We’ve already seen that Trump’s technical skills are so pedestrian he would have absolutely no idea how to link an Instagram photo to a tweet, and in fact he would have no idea what that even means. In other words, Trump didn’t post this tweet. In the instances where one of his handlers posts a tweet on his behalf, it usually turns out that the words weren’t Trump’s to begin with, and that he had nothing to do with it.
So who’s ghost-tweeting on Donald Trump’s behalf today? Our best guess is Dan Scavino, Trump’s Director of Social Media, who retweeted Trump’s tweet from his own account immediately after it was posted. In any case, here’s the real upshot: Trump isn’t tweeting anything today. His handlers clearly believe that a distraction is necessary, so they’re posting nonsense about the Tillerson feud. But Trump doesn’t appear to be involved at all. Instead it’s more likely he’s curled up in a ball under his desk, unable to function. He’ll tweet about Flynn eventually, but for the moment, he appears to be so far gone that even his staffers are trying to cover for him.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report