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PostPosted: Wed Nov 30, 2016 2:12 pm    Post subject: Trump's Dangerous Tweets Reply with quote


Donald Trump’s False Cry-Baby Election Recount Tweet
He’s whining about an election he won while spreading dangerous and outright false lies.
Gideon Resnick

The president-elect just tweeted something petulant, wildly incorrect, and dangerous. In other words, it’s a day ending in “y.”

At 3:30 p.m. on the Sunday after Thanksgiving, when most people were enjoying the final hours of peace before returning to work from the holiday, Donald Trump raged like a toddler being dragged around the supermarket about his popular vote loss.

“In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally,” the next leader of the free world tweeted to over 16 million people.

Trump is currently losing the popular vote by over 2 million to Hillary Clinton, the person who is not about to be inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States. This lead will likely grow as more ballots are tallied in California, a predominately blue state.

There is absolutely zero evidence that “millions of people voted illegally,” and to suggest so undermines the entire electoral process; the very process that actually made Trump the next president. The claim, which has been widely spread and thoroughly debunked, was pushed by Trump acolyte Alex Jones, who traffics in conspiratorial lies including a theory that the Sandy Hook massacre was a staged event.

The tweet was one of many sent in the aftermath of a decision by the Clinton campaign to take part in a recount of vote totals in a few key states, including Wisconsin, after Green Party candidate Jill Stein raised money for the effort. Marc Elias, the Clinton campaign’s counsel, made it clear that they found no evidence of tampering with voting machines in the states in question but wanted to “ensure that it is fair to all sides.”

This is not going to affect Donald Trump. There isn’t going to be some massive, unearthed discovery of secret votes that usurps his fairly won election and throws it into the hands of his opponent. It is merely a cautionary procedure in an election that was decided by small margins in a handful of Rust Belt states.

Yet the man who is set to become the most powerful person in the world is treating it as if his life is on the line. It is outrage for the sake of outrage; selfish attention-grabbing to ensure that, no matter what, he has something to sit and gripe about. It is stoking resentment for resentment’s sake and sowing doubt as a means for him to be the final arbiter of what is fair, right, and true.

“Hillary Clinton conceded the election when she called me just prior to the victory speech and after the results were in. Nothing will change,” Trump admitted in the middle of his hours-long Twitter tantrum.

If nothing will change, why waste time screaming into the abyss like this?

The funny thing about his wild, and frankly pathetic, flailing is that if there were millions of people who voted illegally, that in and of itself would justify a recount; the very thing that he is spending his time railing against. And one of the only documented cases of voter fraud in 2016 was when a woman in Iowa, who happened to be a Trump supporter, was charged with voting twice.

This is a man who expects to earn respect in the office of the presidency, who instead of receiving daily intelligence briefings is meeting with foreign developers who have a stake in his company and waging a war against a Broadway musical instead of condemning near-daily acts of hatred committed in his name.

There was no such thing as a sore winner until Trump won the election.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 30, 2016 2:20 pm    Post subject: Trump’s tweets will punctuate the Washington landscape Reply with quote


How the GOP Won Big in 2016 and Lost All Control
Republicans control all of the levers of government but are coming to terms with the fact they will never be in control of the message to get word of their agenda out.
Tim Mak
11.30.16 1:15 AM ET

Republicans have seen into the future—and it looks out of their control.

Just a few weeks ago, the GOP celebrated a clean sweep of the House, Senate, and the presidency and began planning all the things they could do with their new found power.

But that power has come with a price: because while Republicans may control Congress, they are quickly realizing they don’t have control of the message. And while it’s not unusual for a president-elect to direct the conversation, it’s never been quite like this.

Many of them realize that Trump’s tweets will punctuate the Washington landscape sporadically and without warning. On any given day, they fret, their plans could be upended because their president doesn’t have the discipline not to tweet about a tangential issue.

Their palpable irritation with the various tweet storms that the president-elect creates on a whim was on full display as they returned to Washington on Tuesday.

“Let me make it perfectly clear: I’m not commenting on Donald Trump’s daily comments. I’m not going to do it,” said Sen. John McCain, a senior statesman of the Republican Senate caucus and himself formerly a presidential contender. “I have said, and continue to say, that I am not commenting on Mr. Trump’s comments. I have too much other work to do.”

“When you say things, you’re no longer Donald Trump. You’re Donald Trump… soon-to-be-president of the United States,” Sen. Lindsey Graham lectured the incoming administration.

In the last few days, the controversial tweets have piled up. What do lawmakers think about Trump’s suggestion that millions of fraudulent votes were cast, costing him the popular vote?

“I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally,” Trump said Sunday afternoon, without any evidence—a claim Politifact immediately rates as untrue, or “Pants on Fire!”

Or what about his remarks Tuesday morning, seemingly out of nowhere (or possibly prompted by a story earlier this month about students burning a flag in Massachusetts), that burning the flag should be criminalized?

“Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag—if they do, there must be consequences—perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail!” Trump wrote.

“We just wake up and find out what we have to do every morning,” a senior Republican Senate aide told The Daily Beast, perplexed that the Capitol was abuzz with chatter about the constitutionality of flag burning, which was decided in the Supreme Court in landmark decisions back in 1989 and 1990—over a quarter century ago.

So instead of discussing national security issues on Tuesday, as is his expertise and preferred topic, Graham began mulling over how to address Trump’s latest tweet-induced carnival.

“If you’ve got any suggestions that there is a real problem with the way the votes are tallied, put it on the table,” Graham scolded the president-elect. “You’re now the President-elect of the United States. If you really believe that millions of people voted illegally you should show some proof… No one has suggested to me that there’s evidence of what he said. And if there’s no evidence, please stop saying that.”

In a sign of the times, Graham said he was looking into introducing a congressional resolution saying that Congress viewed the elections as accurate, free, and fair—because Trump’s suggestions of fraud “does create uncertainty in the minds of some.” Just one problem, though, Graham told the Beast—he’s still trying to find a Democratic co-sponsor.

Asked if the president-elect should even have a Twitter account, the South Carolina senator quipped, “That’s up to him. He’s over 21 years old.”

Trump’s unpredictable and undisciplined Twitter activity is already deeply alienating to his fellow Republicans—even before he’s taken office. His talk about voter fraud is especially off-putting to his GOP cohorts, both because he won the election and because it undercuts the spirit of American democracy.

“Those that cast aspersions on our election process shouldn’t—we have a good process. I feel that way. When Donald Trump said during the campaign he might not accept the results, I condemned that,” said GOP Sen. Jeff Flake, who frequently criticized Trump during the presidential campaign.

Even Sen. Kelly Ayotte, who has something of an incentive to question the results, declined to do so. She lost her re-election bid to Democrat Maggie Hassan by 743 votes.

“That’s already been addressed by our secretary of state, so I have nothing further to say.

“I could have asked for a recount,” Ayotte said. “I did not.”

Republicans were clearly uncomfortable with the latest wave of Trump-related controversies and questions. Most walked away from the press without answering questions.

Sen. Jim Inhofe, chairman of the environment and public works committee, allowed that Twitter “could be” a distraction from the Senate’s day-to-day duties. He didn’t have any additional thoughts to add—until a reporter asked about WRDA, the Water Resources Development Act.

“WRDA! Now you’re talking about something important, instead of voter fraud!” Inhofe said.

If only all these pathetic but dangerous tweets would wake, not only Republicans, but the Electoral College, up to the fact that this nutcase should NOT be the president of the US and the leader of the free world!!!
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 07, 2017 2:40 am    Post subject: The most dangerous tweet to date Reply with quote

Is the one accusing former President Obama of a felony (wiretapping), calling him names (rude and totally unpresidential), without any evidence whatsoever.

Which makes Trump look even more unhinged than usual, and raises grave concerns both at home and abroad. If the people can't trust the president to tell the truth... what will happen when he tweets about a nuclear attack or worse?

Abroad, leaders and peoples of other countries are looking on the US with an amazement bordering on horror. This is past being amused by Trump's antics. He's already made himself the buffoon and laughingstock of the world. Now he makes himself look like a dangerous madman with no grip whatsoever on reality.

Does he think he'll solve his problem with tweets? Even if he uses his tweets to blow off steam. However did the most powerful country in the world end up with this guy at its head? Eek

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 10, 2017 6:21 pm    Post subject: U.S. Spies Live in Fear of Trump’s Next Tweet Reply with quote

Trump is really a threat to US security.

U.S. Spies Live in Fear of Trump’s Next Tweet
Washington’s national security professionals are bracing for the president’s next Twitter storm, and frantically subscribing to @realDonaldTrump alerts so they can manage the fallout from his latest rage tweets.
Kimberly Dozier


As Friday evening draws to a close around Washington, D.C., the city’s tight-knit and secretive national security clan goes to sleep with a new unease. It’s not Syria or Iran or even North Korea they’re most worried about. They’re uncertain just what President Donald Trump may tweet in the wee hours before they wake, and what they’ll have to do to manage the fallout.

“It’s accurate that we don’t always know what’s coming,” one senior U.S. official said with a shrug, as the weekend approached. “We are making sure we are following the president’s tweets because it’s often the first place we hear things.”

In a community that once shunned social media for fear it would damage careers or threaten security clearances, spooks, spies, and special operators are now are signing up for Twitter accounts and setting up @realDonaldTrump and @POTUS alerts so they can find out the inner thinking of their commander in chief, and protect their own bosses from fallout.

“The tweet thing is more immediately affecting the White House staff, and cabinet members who get blindsided every weekend with tweets,” another U.S. official said. The officials interviewed for this story spoke anonymously to discuss the near constant anxiety experienced by senior U.S. national security officials.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer gamely pushed back on the notion that his team was braced for the impact of another weekend tweetstorm, after surviving last weekend’s tsunami when Trump accused President Barack Obama of wiretapping Trump Tower. Spicer’s team took a day to embrace the tweets, before releasing a statement and sending Spicer’s deputy Sarah Sanders into the maw of a feisty Martha Raddatz interview to back the charges, and call for Congress to investigate.

“The president says what he wants, when he wants, and we’ll support him,” Spicer told The Daily Beast Thursday.

But ask military, intelligence, or law enforcement officers charged with defending the nation’s security what they think of Trump’s out-of-the-blue weekend tweets, and you get grimaces, shakes of the head, and even physical cringing. Verbal responses range from “I wish he would just stop,” to “Not helping. Just… not… helping.”

Multiple national security professionals interviewed—both in the administration or in uniform—said they are also concerned over what they perceive as a lack of emotional and intellectual discipline they believe is behind the tweet rage.

“National security professionals value orderly process for decision making,” said Bruce Riedel, director of the Brookings Intelligence Project, and a former CIA officer. “They abhor unpredictable and rash impulses. Twitter temper tantrums undermine process and create wasteful distractions at best and unnecessary wars at worst.”

What Trump tweets is also the kind of information foreign intelligence agencies devote legions of spies to uncover. Now, there’s almost no need. Sign up for Twitter, and any user has a view into what the president is thinking, and feeling about an issue—that which is often hardest to gauge for an intelligence officer.

The new riddles spies ask include: How will Trump’s White House staff justify the latest tweet storm? How will his cabinet react? Will the emotional outrage become policy, or will someone within the walls of power be able to pacify him and redirect the rage?

Others believe Trump’s tweets are so often at odds with what ultimately becomes policy that they’re taking on a certain “cry wolf” quality.

“On the military side, I believe there’s a certain amount of tone-deafness,” said just-retired Marine Gen. John M. Paxton Jr., speaking at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington. “There are enough crises in the world between North Korean nukes… ISIS… that they are trying to monitor that risk… and have options on the table,” he said in answer to a Daily Beast question.

“After so many weekends… where there’s a Twitterstorm of some sort, and then there’s a rolling back, my sense is it will tamp down,” added former Obama Undersecretary for the Navy Janine Davidson at the same event. “Below those turbulent waves, people are just doing their job and waiting for the retraction, on Monday or Tuesday,” she added.

“Increasingly, when I talk to people, they just stopped listening to the noise and tuned that stuff out,” said former Trump transition adviser James Carafano of the Heritage Foundation. “Its strategic impact is starting to taper off,” he added.

Essentially, people are learning that Trump flares with anger, and then—usually—retreats into more coherent policy, such as when the tweet feud with the Mexican president over who would pay for the border wall evolved from a diplomatic incident into allegedly business-like phone discussions between the two men.

“I treat them as rhetoric,” said Carafano, who instead watches the formal announcements out of the White House, or from other members of cabinet. “Trying to literally translate them into policy is stupid.”

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 10, 2017 6:38 pm    Post subject: The danger of Trump’s tweets Reply with quote

A few weeks old, this article, but still relevant. Always relevant as long as Trump has his finger on the twitter button (not to mention the nuclear launch button...)

The danger of Trump’s tweets
Robert J. Howell, DMN Contributors Network - Jan 17, 2017

I don't think we should worry too much about Meryl Streep. Her cred can withstand some silly tweets from our President-elect, and she has chosen to live in the public eye. But this recent episode of twitter abuse is merely the tip of the iceberg and we need to think about its implications.

A government should not use intimidation to suppress criticism and dissent. Private citizens are entitled to criticize their leaders without fear that those leaders will retaliate in a manner that jeopardizes their lives. Of all of the checks on governmental power enshrined in democratic institutions, this is perhaps the most important.

It is easy to recognize traditional methods of suppressing civilian dissent. In Argentina in the 1970s citizens were famously "disappeared" based on their political views. In the former Soviet Union dissidents found themselves freezing in Siberian gulags, and in modern day Russia opponents of Vladimir Putin find themselves arrested on obscure charges with their financial holdings confiscated by the state. During the Mao era, China engaged in public shaming of those who stepped out of line, forcing them to offer "self-criticisms" that left them pariahs.

Contemporary China is subtler. As reported in a recent edition of The Economist, China might be using technology and surveillance to build a "social credit" monitoring system that would undermine the ability of "problematic" citizens to travel and do business.

I suspect we Americans are wise to this sort of governmental intimidation and are committed enough to the tenets of democratic governance that we will not let such tactics take hold here. But are we aware that we are facing a subtler, but still significant danger in Donald Trump's tweets?

Juxtaposing something so silly as a tweet with these extreme measures might seem reactionary. But it might be the apparent innocuousness of this medium that will allow it to cause such harm. Imagine the President, any President, coming onto television and actually naming names, discrediting ordinary citizens simply because those citizens disagreed with him. "Don't trust this guy," the president might say. "He's a fraud. A con artist."

I hope we wouldn't tolerate such a misuse of presidential power and authority. It might not completely wreck the life of its target, but chances are it would be extremely harmful. Suddenly, this man is pulled out of his everyday life in the pursuit of happiness and is famous, or infamous, for being a fraud, a con artist. Of course many people won't believe the president, but many will.

Put yourself into those shoes. Millions now know you, and millions think badly of you--rightly or wrongly. A few unhinged thousands probably hate you, and might be inspired to violence out of a misguided sense of patriotism. Every time you walk out of the house, every time you enter a business meeting, every time you hand your ID to a cashier, you have to wonder whether you are subjecting yourself to scorn and distrust by people who know the most powerful person in the world has named you as an enemy.

America might not have a formal system of "social credit," but it's pretty clear when someone's credit score has tanked.

The biggest impact of such governmental intimidation is likely not on the targeted individual. His prospects in life have been harmed, but the effects of that are trivial compared to the chilling effect on the millions of people who are now unlikely to speak their mind. In the face of such a threat, most people will--consciously or not--choose to stay off the radar, especially if they are apt to be critical of the government. If dissent isn't silenced, it is certainly much quieter and voiced at your own risk. This is a dangerous situation for a democracy.

I think we would recognize the danger of a president reading a list of his enemies on television. But we have to recognize that it is just as unacceptable if it is done on Twitter.

Twitter is likely to be more dangerous, in fact. Donald Trump currently has approaching 18 million followers on Twitter, reaching many more people than your typical presidential broadcast. Tweeting takes moments and can be done by a single individual, as opposed to a television broadcast that requires planning and the cooperation of networks. Due to its simplicity and its availability, tweeting is more likely to be done without thought of consequences.

There are simply far fewer checks on presidential power if the president uses Twitter instead of television. If we allow the president to call out or intimidate ordinary, defenseless individuals, we have allowed a dangerous erosion of our democratic system.

I think we would recognize the danger of a president reading a list of his enemies on television. But we have to recognize that it is just as unacceptable if it is done on Twitter.

The Twitter problem is not just a Trump problem. It will be a problem no matter the president. Trump just happens to have seen the potential of this platform in a way other politicians haven't yet.

And, Trump has already used it to call out individuals - from union leaders to journalists to actresses - who disagree with him. And, of course, the Twitter problem isn't just a Twitter problem. Our ever-connected world provides numerous platforms for this abuse of power. It is precedent-setting time, America. The framers of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights weren't thinking about Twitter when they contemplated their drafts, but I don't think anyone should be in doubt about what they would say about using governmental power to intimidate its citizens.

We have to recognize presidential use of social media for what it is, and curtail its abuses before disagreement becomes too dangerous. The question of how that should be done is no doubt tricky and deserves open debate. That something should be done, however, is clear.

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 01, 2017 2:10 am    Post subject: Trump's Most Damaging Tweet Reply with quote

Trump's Most Damaging Tweet
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Watch how Donald Trump's early-morning tweet about Pres. Obama tapping his "wires" has evolved into a scandal that's consumed the Trump White House, the House Intelligence Committee and even Speaker Paul Ryan.

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PostPosted: Sat May 27, 2017 5:47 pm    Post subject: onald Trump's Twitter Has Been Unusually Quiet... Reply with quote

Donald Trump's Twitter Has Been Unusually Quiet, But Will It Last?
By Chris Riotta On 5/27/17 at 1:11 PM

It seemed Donald Trump was tweeting a flurry of thoughts right up until he boarded Air Force One to embark on his first international trip as the leader of the free world.

"This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!" the president tweeted the day before he left, referring to a looming federal investigation into his campaign’s ties to Russia. "With all of the illegal acts that took place in the Clinton campaign [and] Obama Administration, there was never a special counsel appointed!"

Then, suddenly, it all stopped. No longer were the president’s over 30 million followers flooded with tweet storms on a near daily basis that almost always seemed to coincide with Fox News' regularly scheduled programming. For the first time in Trump's young presidency, Americans enjoyed an extended moment of virtual silence from their commander-in-chief: instead of purporting conspiracy theories, blasting the "fake news" media and continuing to discuss the 2016 presidential election, the @realDonaldTrump Twitter handle was only sharing a daily variety of carefully scripted schedule updates, photos of the president with world leaders and uncharacteristically optimistic messages from his trip.

"Honor of a lifetime to meet His Holiness Pope Francis," Trump wrote Wednesday, tweeting from the same handle he used to say Francis standing in a hotel lobby in 2013 was "not Pope-like!" "I leave the Vatican more determined than ever to pursue PEACE in our world."


Unless Trump had a major epiphany while overseas to curb his social media use, that defense will almost certaintly be found on his favorite method for communicating with the public: Twitter.

Read whole article at: http://www.newsweek.com/donald-trump-stop-using-twitter-russia-investigation-white-house-scandal-616818?spMailingID=1902334&spUserID=MzQ4OTUyNzQyMzMS1&spJobID=791021956&spReportId=NzkxMDIxOTU2S0
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 05, 2017 5:30 pm    Post subject: Trump's Twitter Bot Army Is A Fake News Machine Reply with quote

Donald Trump's Twitter Bots Are a Fake News Army Taking Over Facts
A 'bot army' can be used to misrepresent public sentiment about a topic.
By Chris Riotta

It's really not at all difficult to distinguish between a bot and a human.

A bot will write on Twitter in clunky English, reciting paragraphs of propaganda or fake news in compartmentalized tweets that often feature rudimentary linguistics and nondescript profiles. Unlike computer programs, frustrated citizens and real people engage with the context of specific posts, respond to counterpoints and typically have profiles that reflect human personalities. Bots are "yelling fools," Philip N. Howard, a sociologist at the Oxford Internet Institute, told The New York Times, "and a lot of what they pass around is false news."

But bots—including those designed to support the Trump presidency—continue to invade social media and create chatter at such a rapid speed that the differences are blurred for many users attempting to maintain a grasp on reality in 2017.

A steady stream of Russian propaganda and fake profiles infiltrated social media and the web well before the 2016 presidential election, with many experts saying propaganda bots first took aim at the U.S. in 2014 or earlier. "The Russians have used social media-driven information campaigns to discredit the U.S. for years," Clint Watts, a senior fellow at the Center For Cyber and Homeland Security at George Washington University, said during a testimony provided to the Senate Intelligence Committee in May. "Facebook and Twitter remain littered with pro-Russian, Western-looking accounts and supporting automated bots designed to undermine the credibility of the U.S. government."

There is plenty of intelligence to suggest the bots are part of coordinated attacks on international elections and against pro-Democratic leaders including French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, performed by hostile foreign networks and even spy groups. And yet, at the same time, it isn't immediately clear where a specific bot comes from or what its creator’s true intent was when building the computer software. That's a debate that could wage on for years on end.

But many of those bots appear to have one common and undeniable goal: to protect and defend the 45th president of the United States.

Newsweek previously reported that nearly half of @realDonaldTrump's followers appear to be fake, according to Twitter Audit, a service designed to verify the authenticity of any Twitter user’s followers. The subject of the new president’s popularity across social media was a point of contentious debate throughout much of the week, after a viral tweet claimed his personal account was flooded with 5 million new followers, appearing to be mostly bots, over just three days. Though that didn’t actually happen, the accounts of Trump and several other political celebrities, including Clinton and former President Barack Obama, have seen an uptick in fake followers as of late.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 06, 2017 9:07 am    Post subject: Trump's Twitter attacks on Khan reveal how pitiful he is Reply with quote

Trump's Twitter attacks on Sadiq Khan reveal how pitiful the president is
Moustafa Bayoumi
We shouldn’t be passive onlookers to Trump’s pantomime presidency any longer. Its time to look through the theatrics to understand what he is doing


How long can we keep watching this endless car crash that is Donald Trump’s presidency? The world has pressing problems to solve, from climate change to global terrorism, but instead of contributing resources and wisdom from the United States, Donald Trump relentlessly gets in the way of solutions and exacerbates problems, all the while turning our shared tragedies into his own spectacles.

We shouldn’t be passive onlookers to Trump’s pantomime presidency any longer. It’s time we learn how to read Donald Trump more judiciously, if only to learn how to deal with him better.

Take Trump’s obtuse reaction to the heinous terrorist attacks on the London Bridge. Only this American president would hear the words of capitulation in London mayor Sadiq Khan’s reasonable advice, made during an interview, that Londoners should not be alarmed by an increased and armed police presence on the streets following this terrorist attack.
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Misconstruing Khan’s statement, Trump attacked Khan in a tweet posted hours after Saturday night’s attack. “At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is “no reason to be alarmed!” Trump wrote. Once it became clear his attempt to slander the mayor was obviously failing, Trump then doubled down again on Monday morning, tweeting: “Pathetic excuse by London Mayor Sadiq Khan who had to think fast on his ‘no reason to be alarmed’ statement. MSM [Mainstream media] is working hard to sell it!”

Trump’s outsized animosity to Khan may stem from rank bigotry – Khan is Muslim, after all – or be due to Khan’s criticism of Trump’s then-proposed Muslim ban last year. Either way, who really cares anymore? Reasonable people should not. Instead, reasonable people should see through Trump’s Twitter theatrics to discover a rather pitiful method of leadership.

By focusing less on Trump’s personal reasons for his behavior and more on the political motivations for his actions, we can easily discern something crucial. The mounting evidence since January 20 shows that Trump’s notion of leadership revolves around creating a politics of unreasonably low expectations so that any measure of near-adult behavior by the man will be seen as remarkable, or even presidential, while his hopes abound that the normal methods of judging legislators will fade from view.

His churlish use of Twitter is a case in point. The public consumes Trump’s Twitter timeline as if it offers access straight through the weird hair and directly into Trump’s brain. But Trump’s tweets are not merely 140-character missives of questionable spelling and intelligence. Whether we like it or not, they are also official pronouncements of the president of the United States. And as such Trump’s tweets – in form and content – effectively lower our expectations of what presidential communication should both look like and contain.

There’s more. Trump’s own statements so often contradict his own stated policy goals that his administration’s motto might as well be “Yes, we can’t!” Following the London Bridge attack, Trump also posted a series of nakedly opportunistic tweets relaying his desire to implement his proposed travel ban from several Muslim-majority countries, a policy which has been put on hold by the courts because of the blatant religious animus behind the proposal. “People, the lawyers and the courts can call it whatever they want, but I am calling it what we need and what it is, a TRAVEL BAN!” he wrote in one tweet. “The Justice Dept. should ask for an expedited hearing of the watered down Travel Ban before the Supreme Court - & seek much tougher version!” read another.

Lawyers are already feasting on Trump’s words as evidence to challenge the administration’s legal arguments regarding the travel ban, and Trump’s tweets could very likely undermine his own case in front of the courts. Some pundits will see the posts as indications of Trump’s shortsighted political impulses, but another possibility exists. Trump deliberately seeks to torpedo his own political proposals so that his failures will appear as evidence of how much he is an outsider to very system which he is now supposed to lead. The world be damned. He’s all that counts.

Trump’s style is turning out to be less postmodern fascism and more old-school narcissism. He will clearly sacrifice the rest of us, starting with the Muslims, in his tireless campaign to put himself always at the crumbling center of things. They say you’ll never cure a narcissistic, all you can do is ignore him. If only we could.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 06, 2017 1:09 pm    Post subject: Trump's tweeting reveals a POTUS going increasingly rogue Reply with quote

Trump's tweeting about the 'travel ban' and London attack reveals a president going increasingly rogue
[Business Insider]
Allan Smith

President Donald Trump's recent tweets about the London terror attack and his administration's controversial "travel ban" have increased the perception that he is going rogue and undermining his team along the way.

Trump started off Monday morning by blasting the Department of Justice for watering down his executive order temporarily banning travel from some majority-Muslim countries.

"The Justice Dept. should have stayed with the original Travel Ban, not the watered down, politically correct version they submitted to S.C.," he tweeted, referring to the Supreme Court.

After several more tweets on the travel ban, he pivoted to criticizing London's mayor over his handling of the terror attack there on Saturday.

"Pathetic excuse by London Mayor Sadiq Khan who had to think fast on his 'no reason to be alarmed' statement," Trump tweeted.

News outlets pointed out that Trump seemed to have misconstrued Khan's statement, which urged Londoners not to be alarmed by the increased police presence around the city in response to the attack. Seven people were killed and 48 others were injured after three men rammed a van into pedestrians and subsequently went on a stabbing spree. The terrorist group ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack.

Trump's Monday morning tweets created new controversy, undermined his Justice Department, and took attention away from his administration's planned "infrastructure week," supposed to showcase an important part of the president's agenda amid the public testimony on Thursday of James Comey, the FBI director Trump fired last month.

Read more: https://www.yahoo.com/news/trumps-tweeting-travel-ban-london-192402875.html
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