Driving to work this morning, I was struggling to figure out what to write about. The crisis in Qatar? Shane Ryan had that covered for Paste. The terror attack in London? I wrote about the last one and would prefer not to make this any more routine than it already is. Republican strategists proclaiming that they will target people outside government as the focus of their 2018 campaign? That’s a column for another day. Then I opened Twitter and found my newsworthy post. Donald Trump went ballistic yet again, and this tirade actually has tangible implications for his policies. The man-child is his own worst enemy. Here are Trump’s tweets from this morning, ranked from simply crazy to completely batshit.
6. Well, I guess we’re back to calling it a ban now.
About 20 minutes after this segment on Morning Joe, Trump started tweeting.
Remember all the way back in 2016 when Trump said he was done watching Morning Joe and then bitched about their coverage a couple months later?
5. He has no clue how government works, does he?
If the President of the United States really thinks that the DOJ should have “stayed with the original Travel Ban,” then maybe the President of the United States should not have signed the “watered down, politically correct version” that the President of the United States subsequently “submitted to the Supreme Court.”
Kellyanne Conway's husband has some thoughts about this madness.
Wow. Just wow.
4. The logic underlying this tweet would fail a third grader.
The president is requesting that the DOJ rush the version of the “Travel Ban” he doesn't like to the Supreme Court…and also make a tougher version…which I guess isn't getting rushed to the Supreme Court? Wait what?
Also—Sean Spicer—how can you keep going out there every day to self-immolate like this?
Come on Shifty Spice, you must know that a tell-all book is the best play here. Not only do you get to extricate yourself from a train that has already careened off the tracks and is now flying down the side of a very steep mountain, but just think of how much money you would make. What exactly is the downside here?
3. Ho-hum, just another attack on the judicial branch by the head of the executive branch.
Neal Katyal is one of the lead attorneys challenging his travel ban, and he woke up this morning to some unexpected assistance.
His partner agrees that Trump is quite literally using Twitter to build their case for them.
This is all so unbelievably stupid. There's no other way to say it: Donald Trump's own Twitter account has officially become an expert witness against himself.
2. OK, he DEFINITELY doesn't understand how the government works.
There are 559 key positions that require Senate confirmation.
63 have been formally nominated.
39 have been confirmed.
15 are awaiting nomination.
442 have no nominee.
In other words: the Democrats can't even block nominees because no one has been nominated by Trump. This tweet is so crazy, the fact that the President of the United States is tweeting at a freaking TV show isn't even the nuttiest part. Also, every time Trump says “EXTREME VETTING,” I can't help but think of this scene from Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle.
Who would have thought that a stoner comedy could have so accurately foreshadowed Trump's core supporters?
1. In Trump's America, we truly don't have any foreign allies.
Sadiq Khan’s full quote:
“Londoners will see an increased police presence today & over the course of the next few days. There’s no reason to be alarmed.”
It’s pretty obvious that Donald Trump is just itching for something like this to happen over here—as that’s a very clear quote that does not say what Trump is implying it does, and it has been reported around the globe. It’s damn near impossible to think that the president didn’t intentionally take this out of context. Donald Trump and ISIS have the same general strategy, which is to scare the living daylights out of us for ideological reasons. Theirs is due to a bankrupt interpretation of an archaic form of Islam, and his is to sacrifice everything in order to serve the ideology of Trump—which states that anything and everything must be take a backseat to a small man’s gigantic ego. There are no policies in Trumplandia, only “wins.” In his mind, an attack like that here would only aid his case for the “Travel Ban.”
His most unapologetic supporters have proven this truth, as there is very little noise coming out of the Fox News/Brietbart/Drudge-sphere complaining about his lack of progress on stated policy goals like passing health care and repealing Obamacare, building the wall and a “Travel Ban.” To these lemmings, worshipping at the feet of the Dear Leader supersedes any tangible improvement to their daily lives. Which is profoundly sad, since many Trump voters who were pushed to the edge by America’s failed policies truly did believe that he was the answer to their very real troubles—and less than 10% of the way through his first term, accomplishing the desired policy goals of his voters has been cast aside in favor of a PR blitz preserving the rapidly crumbling facade of a man who “gets things done.” Trump voters, you’ve been conned. It’s OK to admit that—take it from a former enthusiastic Obama voter. We should all be intensely embarrassed that a fucking Twitter account now speaks on behalf of all of us.
Jacob Weindling is a staff writer for Paste politics. Follow him on Twitter at @Jakeweindling.