October 6, 2022

Fox News just tricked Trump into opposing his own bill, and hilarity ensued

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President Donald Trump allotted himself a healthy chunk of “executive time” this morning and plunked himself down in front of his television to watch Fox News and tweet about it.


Fox & Friends has quickly become like a funnel straight into the president’s brain, through which its producers pour whatever lies and direction they desire. Whatever the hosts talk about inevitably becomes Trump’s latest talking point. Today, he hit on some of his favorite topics.

Trump took to Twitter to whine about the Steele dossier, claiming that it allowed his enemies to spy on him during the election, an untrue and unfounded assertion. He then took a shot at the FBI and his usual bugaboo Hillary Clinton, before reverting back to his old attacks by talking about DNC servers and “Crooked Hillary’s” emails.

The tweet was an inane soup of stream of consciousness that seems to indicate a rapidly deteriorating mind.

An hour later, Trump tweeted about the Foreign Intelligence Security Act. A six-year renewal of the act is being voted on today. Republican leadership has been working with the White House to ensure that the vote passes, but apparently, the president himself never got the memo.

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Trump attacked FISA, saying that it may have been used by the Obama administration to “surveil and abuse” his campaign during the 2016 election, a nonsensical assertion. Not coincidentally, Fox’s Andrew Napolitano addressed Trump personally on TV this morning, directing him to oppose FISA.

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Trump obeyed Napolitano:

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It appears that soon after Trump sent the tweet, which threatened to implode his own party’s goals, someone got word to the president and explained to him that he was supposed to be supporting FISA, not torpedoing it.

He sent out a new tweet, claiming that he had personally fixed FISA and that the pending vote was actually about surveilling “foreign bad guys on foreign land.” He ended the tweet by saying “Get smart!” It’s an order that he would do well to heed himself.

The embarassing backpedaling is just another demonstration that Trump requires other people to explain his own official policy positions to himself. He understands very little and is patently incapable of leading. He’s a mindless rubber stamp for the Republican legislative agenda, and they’ll keep him in power as long as it remains convenient for them.

Robert Haffey

Robert Haffey is a political writer, filmmaker, and winner of the ScreenCraft Writing Fellowship. He is a graduate of Drexel University.

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