Donald Trump did not have a good week and this morning he took to Twitter to vent his frustrations, taking aim at The Washington Post and lobbing harebrained threats at Mexico. Apparently, the unhinged tweetstorm wasn’t enough to calm his rattled nerves though, as he has now penned another furious tweet, this time targeting the entire free press.
In a laughably absurd turn of phrase, he referred to the “magnificence” of his inane campaign phrase “Make America Great Again” and accused the press of doing “everything within their power” to fight said “magnificence.”
There are a lot of ways to describe MAGA, but “magnificent” is certainly not one of them.
Trump then dished up a whopper of a claim with the absolutely bonkers statement that his administration has accomplished more than “virtually any other administration” in its first two years. He followed up the ridiculous lie by saying “They are truly the ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE.”
While he clearly meant the free press (which he abhors) the way he structured his syntax makes it seem like the antecedent for “they” is “administration.” In other words, he accidentally said that his administration is the ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE, a mistake as funny as it is accurate.
As embarrassingly ridiculous as the tweet is, at the same time it’s also deadly serious. We have grown used to it by now, but it is not normal for a president to attack the free press in this fashion. It undermines one of the cornerstones of our democracy and smacks of authoritarianism. Even if it gets tedious, we must condemn these attacks whenever he trots them out.
The press is doing everything within their power to fight the magnificence of the phrase, MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN! They can’t stand the fact that this Administration has done more than virtually any other Administration in its first 2yrs. They are truly the ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 5, 2019
The tweet received a ton of mocking responses, with many users taking aim at his ludicrous boast about his accomplishments. In reality, the only thing Trump has really “accomplished” in his first two years is starting a disastrous trade war with China and passing a plutocratic tax bill that skyrocketed the deficit and shoveled enormous amounts of money to the super-rich.
Twitter let him have it:
Trump again says his Admin has done more in its first two years than any other Admin.
I’ve documented literally every day of Trump’s presidency. Trump is lying.
Trump had the most blatantly corrupt first 2 years of any POTUS.
Read for yourself. https://t.co/ihlvX50rKD
— Ahmed Baba (@AhmedBaba_) April 5, 2019
The only things you have done is called Nazis “fine people”, called Tim Cook “Tim Apple”, misspelled 723 words, and failed to operate an umbrella properly.
I wouldn’t call that a MAGA success.
— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) April 5, 2019
Ya know…I'm a Republican and I would rather vote for Michael Scott, a fictional character from a show that is no longer airing new episodes, than vote for you. There has to be someone, ANYONE smarter in the Republican party that can run for President.
— Mrs. Phelps (@zombifiedmom) April 5, 2019
You are right. This administration has done more to stomp out human rights than any administration ever.
— Brian Krassenstein (@krassenstein) April 5, 2019
hey, remember when one of your dimwitted worshipers took your rhetoric seriously and shot up a newsroom? that was fun, wasn't it? no skin off the president's nose, though, what does he care if his ignorant mouth gets people killed
— Jeff Tiedrich (@itsJeffTiedrich) April 5, 2019
There is nothing magnificent about the phrase "Make America Great Again"; it has become synonymous with your brand of HATRED.
Because you can't spell hatred without RED HAT. pic.twitter.com/LoRJYFtnAB
— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) April 5, 2019