Trump just mocked China in bizarre, wildly self-obsessed and nonsensical Twitter attack

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This morning’s Twitter burst of a record number of retweets apparently wasn’t enough for President Trump.

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He still needed to get a few things off his ample bosom, including the bizarre admission that he won the 2016 election because he didn’t release his tax returns.

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While the essence of that statement is actually true, his victory with substantial assistance from a massive Russian influence campaign came in spite of his failure to release his returns rather than because of a lack of voter interest in them.

Not having made any declaration of “No Collusion” in hours, Trump also felt the need to restate his usual parcel of lies about the findings of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report, hoping that the endless repetition of his self-interested and delusional interpretation of the report will convince a few more people that what they read in the report doesn’t mean what the words on the page say they do.

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However, it was Trump’s lies about the 25% tariff that his administration imposed on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods yesterday that had the president exceeding the Twitter character limit for a single tweet and forcing him to split his prevarications and threats over two separate posts.

Trump attempts to both praise himself and threaten China at the same time with a confident prediction of winning a second term — an event that a majority of Americans would welcome as much as an outbreak of Ebola in this country according to recent polls — coupled with a typical conman’s enticement to “buy now before prices go up!” while muttering the equivalent of “or else we’ll shoot your dog” under his breath.

The economics-challenged president — who was surely livid over the fact that the nickname that comedian Bill Maher gave him last night on his HBO program (#Brokeahontas, a reference to both his insulting nickname for Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and his status as the biggest money loser in IRS history) was the top trending hashtag on his favorite social media platform — also proved that he has no idea how tariffs actually work.

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Yes, the revenue from tariffs is deposited in the U.S. Treasury. However, tariffs are not paid by the Chinese government or the manufacturers of the goods subject to them. They are paid by the American importers of the goods who generally pass the costs along as a sort of regressive tax that harms those most affected by higher prices, i.e., the poorest Americans.

The only harm to China comes if the tariffs lead U.S. companies to seek lower prices by buying elsewhere, only an option if the goods in question are manufactured somewhere else besides China.

Plus, the fact that China can and will retaliate by ceasing to purchase goods from American suppliers — as soybean farmers are learning painfully — inflicts additional harm on the U.S. economy in a manner that seems to be beyond the capacity of the president’s mind to grasp.

With each tweet, President Trump digs himself into a deeper hole. Amazingly, his supporters think he’s standing on a mountain while he goes further into the pit of lies and deception.

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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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