Trump just grasped at straws in a desperate Twitter attempt to make himself look good

On a bleak first day of the new year, with all of the stores closed along with the government, President Trump spent the day dreaming up things he could tweet as part of his ongoing barrage of propaganda designed to convince a skeptical public that he is not the most incompetent and corrupt president in U.S. history.

With the holiday and the government shutdown leaving Trump with a minimum of staff to monitor his Twitter jones, you can be assured that it was the president himself and not some White House communications department flunky tweeting on his behalf. The third grade-level language he used made that abundantly clear as well.

Early in the day, he sent a congratulatory message to the newly inaugurated President of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, who used Trump’s own playbook to engineer a right-wing takeover of South America’s largest nation leading to fears of a return to the horrors of the days of Brazil’s military dictatorship.

Later on, he sent a couple of tweets attempting to make the case that only through his strong and bountiful leadership does America now enjoy the benefit of lower gasoline prices. His first tweet was so simplistic in its language and obvious in its commentary that one would think that he was addressing an audience of the learning disabled.

The responses he received in the comments to the product of his deep analysis of the energy economy showed that his attempts at soliciting admiration for his keen executive mind were less than successful.

Realizing that the public was just not making the connection between his glorious leadership and the lower prices at the Trump pump, the president tried again.

This time he tried a more explicit explanation of the connection between the cheaper gas and his magnificent sovereignty over the soaring economy, comparing the drop in fuel prices to another tax cut, one unlike the one Republicans passed last year that primarily benefited the ultra-wealthy and corporations.

Apparently the majority of people who saw this tweet have yet to see the benefits of that billionaire boondoggle of a gift to GOP donors trickle down to them since the responses to it were equally savage.

All of this simply proves that you can lead a Trump to Twitter, but you can’t make him think.

Here’s hoping that in 2019 Twitter’s senior management finally takes its terms of service seriously and closes Trump’s account for spreading hateful and malicious lies and making vicious personal attacks on the character of individuals who oppose his policies. Now that would be something to celebrate even more than any momentary dip in the cost of fossil fuels.

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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.