Trump just started his new week by launching into a full blown Twitter barrage

In the 20th century, people who coasted by at their jobs were said to be “phoning it in.” If President Trump has accomplished one thing in his administration so far, it will be to inspire the updating of that idiom to become “tweeting it in” since he has spent so much of his presidency ranting on the social media platform rather than attempting to actually govern the nation.

While many people may believe that any time Trump is distracted from the levers of power is less time he can spend destroying the country, his rants — full of resentment and stoking hatred — inflict their own damage on our society, and indeed the whole world, as the horrific massacre in New Zealand demonstrated.

Yesterday, The president sent an epic 30 tweets and retweets in a single day. Today, he’s already up to eight posts in six hours as his “executive time” stretches out to new lengths.

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Trump’s tweets this morning ranged across the usual categories that he tends to cover.

First, there are the tweets of self -congratulatory praise — in this case touting his record approval numbers in his shrinking political party and his stewardship of the economy that he inherited from his predecessor, Barrack Obama.

Then there were the tweets attacking specific situations that actually contradict the image of delusional unbridled success that his self-serving posts on the economy strain to maintain.

In this post, Trump urges General Motors to reverse the decision to close its Lordstown, Ohio plant — a closing at least partially the result of the administration’s tariff policies and one that demonstrates that the cracks in Trump’s economy are threatening to impact the numbers that he loves to brag about.

Next, come the tweets that attack potential Democratic rivals in the 2020 election.

Today, Trump went after Joe Biden, ridiculing Biden’s slip up in momentarily referring to himself as having “the most progressive record of anybody running” before correcting himself to reflect the fact that he hasn’t actually announced his candidacy yet.

Biden’s slip enabled Trump to slip back into the insult comic mode he employed so effectively in decimating his Republican opponents in the 2016 primaries, as our least intellectually-gifted president had the temerity to refer to the former Senator and Vice President as a “low I.Q. individual!”

Of course, a day simply cannot pass without a Trump attack on the media for reporting on his obvious shortcomings and — since any negative coverage of his actions are automatically deemed “Fake News” no matter how factual the reporting actually is — attacking the credibility of the free press that he views as his mortal enemy exactly as his fascist forbearers instructed.

The president used this tweet to attack the press for making the obvious connection — one made by the perpetrator himself — between Trump’s rhetoric about an invasion of immigrants and the massacre of 50 people at a New Zealand mosque this weekend.

Finally, the topic into which the vast majority of Trump’s tweets are related to in one way or another — Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, the Trump campaign’s collusion with Russia, and the president’s obstruction of the investigation itself.

Trump’s constant reference to the probe as an unfair “witch hunt” — despite the 37 indictments that have resulted so far (a number that far exceeds the zero indictments that years of investigations into Hillary Clinton’s email and Benghazi investigations generated) — is apparently working  to sway public opinion against the investigation and likely only inspiring the president to tweet even more frequently about it.

This last tweet is a rare excursion by Trump into “the glass is half full” territory.

He may be crowing because half of America thinks the investigations against him are illegitimate, but the other half is too smart to swallow his deceptive kool aid. When Trump downplays half of the nation as “very few” people, you know that not only are his math skills severely deficient, so is his ability to distinguish between his own hyperbole and reality.

The reality of Mueller’s investigation has already sent Trump’s campaign chairman Paul Manafort to jail, with others, including his personal attorney and fixer Michael Cohen,  soon to follow. That reality is sure to catch up with Trump eventually, if not soon enough.

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Vinnie Longobardo is 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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