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Let’s Try to Make Sense of Trump’s 50-Tweet Bender

It wasn’t pretty

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President Trump tweeted 50 times over the weekend, posting 20 times on Saturday, and 30 times on Sunday. Between his first tweets on Saturday morning (clips of Lou Dobbs interviewing Diamond & Silk and a former ICE director) and his last on Sunday night (“MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!”), Trump took his followers on a whirlwind tour of his feverish obsession with himself and the media. He praised his own accomplishments, mostly his Friday veto of a congressional resolution terminating his national emergency declaration, and those touting his resolve on cable news. At the same time, he railed against Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, a Saturday Night Live rerun and the Radical Left Democrats, whom he accused of attempting to rig the 2016 election. On Sunday night, he retweeted a string of conspiracy theorists, capping an unhinged, two-day Twitter bender that would have been concerning if it came from your uncle, much less the president of the United States.

Here are some lowlights.

A hot and cold relationship with Fox News

The president’s feed makes it clear that he spent an overlarge part of his weekend planted in front of a TV tuned to Fox News. He tweeted a clips of Lou Dobbs describing the ceremony during which Trump vetoed the congressional resolution to terminate his national emergency declaration as “emotional” and “stirring”; of various Fox News programs bashing the Justice Department for how it handled the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s emails; and of the sheriff of Bristol County, Massachusetts, praising the president’s commitment to “protecting the people of this country.” All standard stuff.

But Trump also went after the network for removing Jeanine Pirro from the air Saturday night. A week earlier, Pirro suggested that Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) is un-American because she is a Muslim who wears a hijab. The comments were condemned by Fox News, which ultimately decided to suspend her program, Justice With Judge Jeanine. The president was not happy. “Bring back @JudgeJeanine Pirro,” he wrote Sunday morning. “The Radical Left Democrats, working closely with their beloved partner, the Fake News Media, is using every trick in the book to SILENCE a majority of our Country.”

To drive his point home, Trump deployed what is essentially his mantra in life. “The losers all want what you have, don’t give it to them,” he added. “Be strong & prosper, be weak & die!”

A few hours later, he attacked two of the network’s midday hosts, Arthel Neville and Leland Vittert, ostensibly for criticizing  the president’s national emergency declaration.”Article one [of the Constitution] clearly says the power of the purse is with Congress,” Vittert said on Sunday. “If all of a sudden you’re using executive action and emergency powers to move that funding around, how is that not changing law?”

He added a barb against Shepard Smith, another Fox News anchor who has developed a reputation for questioning the president’s decisions. It’s not enough that Fox News has twisted itself into a propaganda arm for Trump. The network learned over the weekend that its most loyal viewer demands complete capitulation, and that even the slightest hint of dissension amounts to a betrayal.

A bizarre obsession with late-night comedy

Trump is not a fan of Saturday Night Live, which routinely lampoons the president as a clueless moron. Same goes for late-night talk shows, which have drawn the president’s ire in recent weeks, for some reason. On Sunday morning, he suggested that late-night comedy programs are colluding with Democrats and Russia to make the president look bad, and that the Federal Election Commission and the Federal Communications Commission should investigate the matter. The nation long ago accepted this as normal behavior from the president.

It’s unclear if the president realized Saturday Night Live aired a rerun on Saturday.

No lie is too ridiculous

Winning the 2016 election wasn’t enough for Trump; he needs to have won despite what he wants people to believe was an illegal campaign by Democrats to keep him out of office.

There is absolutely no evidence that Democrats did anything to “steal” the election, in any way. The mention of the “ballot box” is likely a reference to Trump’s oft-repeated claim that Democrats engaged in voter fraud, and that millions of people either voted multiple times or committed some other form of fraud to prevent him from winning the popular vote. Claims of such voter fraud have been thoroughly debunked. The “insurance policy,” is a reference to the various investigations into the Trump campaign’s relationship with Russia, which Trump believes is a massive conspiracy to discredit the 2016 election perpetrated by Democrats working in tandem with the Justice Department.

Though neither claim is new, many are concerned that Trump could be laying the groundwork to dispute the results of the 2020 election, should he lose.

Bashing a deceased war hero

Just as Trump is obsessed with denigrating Hillary Clinton, whom he defeated over two years ago, the president cannot seem to stop himself from attacking John McCain, who has now been dead for over six months. Trump hates the late senator primarily for his decision to vote against the administration’s half-baked plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and on Saturday he reminded his followers of the war hero’s indiscretion.

A day later, he attacked McCain’s grades in college.

As part of his testimony before Congress last month, Michael Cohen said that prior to the 2016 election, Trump told him to intimidate his former schools into keeping his transcripts private. Cohen provided Congress with a letter he sent Fordham University in May 2015, threatening to sue the school if his grades were to become public. Fordham later confirmed Cohen’s account.

Promoting conspiracy theorists

Running low on original content, the president on Sunday evening hit the retweet button 15 times in succession. Several of the tweets he retweeted belong to conspiracy theorists, and many of the tweets linked to dubious articles on sites with URLs like “ilovemyfreedom.org.” The profile picture of one account Trump retweeted features a reference to QAnon, a conspiracy theory whose adherents believe the Democratic party is controlled by a cabal of pedophiles who harvest the blood of infants. The danger of the president of the United States drawing these extremist accounts that trade in disinformation into the mainstream cannot be overstated.

#MAGA

There was really only one way to cap the most unhinged tweeting spree of his presidency.

May God help us.

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