August 15, 2022

Trump just just launched an unhinged attack at New York Times writer in morning tweet

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The gaslighting of America continues. President Trump continues to spread his multitude of lies on social media, knowing that the people who don’t bother to seek verified news sources or who are so desperately blind to reality that they’ll happily live in his nightmarish fantasy land may actually eventually accept his fabrications as the truth.


Trump’s modus operandi consists of undermining the public’s faith in genuine news sources and positing himself as the only source of the truth. It is a trick right out of the authoritarian playbook of Joseph Goebbels, the Nazi propaganda minister so deftly employed by Adolph Hitler to convince the German public of the evils that the Jews were supposedly inflicting upon Germany and who enabled the horrors of the Holocaust.

With this in mind, let us turn to the first of today’s tweets from the president, an attack on one of his favorite mainstream (aka typically credible) media targets, The New York Times. Trump’s latest load of Twitter fertilizer was so large that even with the service’s expanded character limit, he needed two tweets to squeeze it all out.

Trump is responding to a report in the paper yesterday, sourced from four different White House leakers, that the president had met with Emmet T. Flood, Bill Clinton’s former attorney from his impeachment ordeal, to discuss him joining the legal team representing the president in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.

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The story noted that no immediate decision had been made in the aftermath of the meeting, so this morning’s tweet is a good indication that either Flood turned Trump down or that after the story was leaked, Trump had second thoughts.

Trump’s repeated assertion of the completely false notion that anything has conclusively proven that there was no “Collusion” (as he arbitrarily capitalizes it) with Russia is an insult to the intelligence of anybody who has been following the investigation, particularly in the week when it was revealed that Blackwater founder Erik Prince, the brother of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, may have lied in his testimony to a congressional investigation about his trip to the Seychelles to meet with the head of a Kremlin-controlled wealth fund to set up secret back-channel communications with Russia.

The president goes on to his now-standard reflexive accusation that it was not the kid with his hand in the candy jar who’s responsible for “Collusion,” no, it was that bad woman over there and all her friends that he warned you about.

He winds up the sack of lies with the most obviously disproven one, saying Maggie Haberman, The New York Times’ White House correspondent who sits in the daily briefing conducted by Trump’s press secretary and has written extensively about the president, knows nothing about him and has no access.

And the moon is made of cheese.

Vinnie Longobardo

is the Managing Editor of Washington Press and a 35-year veteran of the TV, mobile, & internet industries, specializing in start-ups and the international media business. His passions are politics, music, and art.

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