January 30, 2023

Trump just launched a panicked Twitter attack on the media to cover up his diplomatic blunders

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Follow Donald Trump’s Twitter account long enough and it becomes clear that has a very shallow pool of talking points that he incessantly cycles through. There are no real ideas in play, just a lot of nonsensical blurbs aimed at riling up his base and transparent attempts to swing the focus of the media away from his latest disaster.


This morning, the president unleashed a flurry of tweets aimed at the “Fake News” media, complaining that the recent job numbers release isn’t getting enough attention because news agencies are “dishonest” and full of “crazed lunatic.” Of course, the reality is far less sinister and far simpler.

Major news outlets aren’t able to focus on the jobs numbers because Trump’s past few weeks have been so deranged and destructive that focusing on a small story like the jobs numbers would be a dereliction of journalistic duty. Things are bad and getting worse for Trump, and the media cannot be expected to ignore that.

Trump is hemorrhaging senior officials left and right, the military has less and less faith in their commander-in-chief, and the president himself is flirting with the idea of unconstitutional and authoritarian action. This administration is in free fall.

Nested within this morning’s tweetstorm was that favorite chestnut of Trump’s, the insistence that his administration is doing a historically great job, despite all the overwhelming, obvious evidence to the country. He claimed without proof that well-respected, time-honored publications are now using “non-existent sources” and engaging in “total fiction.” It hardly needs pointing out that Trump himself is the most dishonest man to ever hold the presidency, and so his comments on such matters can be readily dismissed.

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The president then kicked his rhetoric up a notch by absurdly labeling the “Fake News Media” as the “real Opposition Party” and the “Enemy of the People.” While such anti-First Amendment talk is hardly new for him, it’s still deeply disturbing and a reminder that he has no respect for our democratic institutions.

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Trump ended his media Twitter barrage by condemning The New York Times for its coverage of his ill-conceived and hasty decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria, ceding the region to our adversaries and abandoning our allies. The tweet was presumably prompted by a story in the Times which reported that National Security Advisor John Bolton has suggested conditions and a delay for the Syria withdraw, contradicting Trump’s original announcement.

In the tweet, Trump obfuscated and waffled as he always does, keeping his plans for Syria vague, if such harebrained impulse decisions can even be called plans.

The president cannot be trusted, fewer and fewer Americans view him as fit for office, Special Counsel Robert Mueller is closing in. Trump knows all of this. Expect more of these pathetic Twitter outbursts going forward, as he runs out of ways to stave off the implosion of his failed administration.

Natalie Dickinson

Natalie is a staff writer for the Washington Press. She graduated from Oberlin College in 2010 and has been freelance blogging and writing for progressive outlets ever since.

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