Another day, another rage tweet. April 13th’s was directed at none other than the Grey Lady, paper of record, the New York Times, a publication with which Donald Trump has issues.
The New York Times Sanctuary Cities/Immigration story today was knowingly wrong on almost every fact. They never call to check for truth. Their sources often don’t even exist, a fraud. They will lie & cheat anyway possible to make me look bad. In 6 years they will be gone……..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 13, 2019
….When I won the Election in 2016, the @nytimes had to beg their fleeing subscribers for forgiveness in that they covered the Election (and me) so badly. They didn’t have a clue, it was pathetic. They even apologized to me. But now they are even worse, really corrupt reporting!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 13, 2019
POTUS really ought to check in with his press team more often, or they with him. NYT emailed three times for comment and press office acknowledged receipt of emails. https://t.co/Jk3XOoOQgJ
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) April 13, 2019
Your sarcasm isn't reading well. You know that he knows this and is lying. Please say so.
— Kelly Oristano (@kellyo101) April 13, 2019
Now, that is an option, certainly. But, it’s a tenet of journalist never to put yourself into the story. However, these are not normal times, and perhaps Haberman should worry less about the protocol she’s properly been taught and just learn to deal with Donald Trump straight on, and call him a liar. Most probably what would happen is Haberman would just end up being fodder at Fox News. They’re always looking to crown a new Trump Enemy over there, especially one who is with the press.
Of course, this is nothing new, right? @realDonaldTrump checks with no one, reads nothing, understands very little, and rarely applies the advice he’s given. Sad!
— Tom Terrando (@MrTBallyard) April 13, 2019
And that is the other side of the coin, this is the New Normal. Another day, another insane tweet. So, what? That’s not right, either. Clearly, somebody should do something, but who should do what? GOP leadership has no intention of doing anything as long as they can maintain their power base and pursue their agenda, until the Trump train derails, as eventually it must.
He needs to check with reality more often.
But even if he did respond to you, it'd be framed like this:
"Trump, ever stoic. basking in warm shades of setting sunlight, punched back at his enemies tonight"
— Danny Boy (@Care2much18) April 13, 2019
Trump is going to escalate his war on the media, and this is just another barrage in their direction. It will get worse, for two reasons. 1) The Mueller report is not going to just fade away and be forgotten, despite William Barr’s best Roy Cohn-ish stonewalling. 2) With Julian Assange back in the picture, look for Trump to cast Assange in the responsible journalist role, so that he can look for a way to erode journalistic freedoms. Assange is in point of fact, far more the spy and vigilante that he’s been characterized as, than any kind of a reputable journalist. The only one who sings that song is Alex Jones and then Trump, because he heard it from Jones. But Assange will hang onto the illusion of muck raking journalist as long as he can use that facade to save his miserable hide. Watch for the first amendment challenges to come, they should be stunning.
Attacks on the press, absurd as they have been up to this point, are something you will be seeing a lot more of. Unfortunately, like the flu, it’s going to get worse before it gets better. We either need to impeach Trump, or get him out at the ballot box. Impeachment is politically a perilous way to go, but in the very near future, it may turn out that it’s the most viable course of action. The ballot box is the best option, no question.
Let those who wish to stand for the rule of law make the decision to do so, now. Because we may have to take to the streets before too very much longer. Trump is coming unglued a little bit more each day, and my instinct is that his madness is going to crescendo and hit a crisis point, in the not too distant future. And since he’s already gearing up his attack on the press, it seems reasonable to predict that that might be the focus of the crisis which is clearly impending. Trump can hardly function in public anymore, without making ridiculous malapropisms, and forgetting dates and simple facts, like his father’s birth place. The day after the debacle about Fred Trump being from Germany (he was born in New York City), Trump was standing at a podium in Las Vegas and literally spewing gibberish syllables about Sheldon Adelman.
Last week, Trump seemed more demented than usual. His father died from Alzheimer’s and Trump is exhibiting classic symptoms as well. Aggression and anger are very common symptoms of dementia, as well as confusion. I give Trump thirty to sixty days to throw a real hissy fit. This rage tweet is just a foreshadowing of the fact that he’s making a fool of himself over his stance on Sanctuary Cities, and if there’s one thing Trump cannot abide, it is being laughed at.