In an already controversial tweet, Trump has once again struck at his “enemies, haters, and even the very dishonest Fake News Media” in a tweet that was perhaps – at some point – intended to celebrate the onset of 2018.
As our Country rapidly grows stronger and smarter, I want to wish all of my friends, supporters, enemies, haters, and even the very dishonest Fake News Media, a Happy and Healthy New Year. 2018 will be a great year for America!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 31, 2017
The President has stuck to his brand of antagonistic and unrestrained tweeting throughout his first year in office, despite promises to be “very restrained” with Twitter before taking office.
“I’m going to do very restrained. If I use it at all, I’m going to be very restrained,” Trump said in a 60 Minutes interview in November of 2016.
Trump claims that he uses social media out of necessity, to “fight a VERY dishonest and unfair ‘press,’ now often referred to as Fake News Media.”
I use Social Media not because I like to, but because it is the only way to fight a VERY dishonest and unfair “press,” now often referred to as Fake News Media. Phony and non-existent “sources” are being used more often than ever. Many stories & reports a pure fiction!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 30, 2017
Of course, the reality of Trump’s presidency is that he makes approximately 5.5 misleading or outright false claims per day, now approaching a staggering 2,000 lies since taking office. While the mainstream media has sought to hold him accountable, Trump has been relegated to either his own social media platforms or Fox News to perpetuate his falsehoods.
However, after nearly a year in office, with a dismal approval rating and an ongoing – and rapidly progressing – investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller, Trump’s brand of incendiary, baseless rhetoric is increasingly falling on deaf ears.
With midterms fast approaching, 2018 certainly promises to be a “great year for America”—but not for you, President Trump.