“Trump Quits Twitter!”
Isn’t that a headline you’d like to see going into the 2020 election?
Sure, it’s fun times when the old man starts rage-tweeting at 2 am, knowing his advisors and aides will be gobbling up antacids by the handful when they awake to the latest four-alarm PR raging fire, but we’ve got an election to win!
Sadly, the President only listens to his most trusted advisor amongst all the others: Donald Trump. Thus, his latest tweetstorm is bringing hell upon Senate Republicans.
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Trump is a Twitter athlete, sometimes issuing more than one hundred tweets in a single day – and that’s happened on multiple days throughout his Presidency. That’s some Mark Zuckerberg Olympic Team level tweeting right there.
Not much gets by him either. Just this month alone, the President has used his Twitter account to weigh in on the handling of protesters, obliterate Republican senators by name, and push a theory that’s been widely discredited about a 75-year-old man who was injured by police in Buffalo, N.Y.
On Tuesday, Trump suggested that an elderly man pushed to the ground by Buffalo police during a protest over the police killing of George Floyd could be a “set up” and an “ANTIFA provocateur.”
“I watched, he fell harder than was pushed,” the President said. “Was aiming scanner. Could be a set up?”
Conservatives have been running for political cover all day:
Indiana Republican Sen. Mike Braun said he didn’t have a specific take on Trump’s tweet when grilled by reporters, but added that he wasn’t surprised.
“I don’t think it should be surprising in general because he tweets a lot, so I don’t know how significant this one tweet is gonna be,” he added.
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More than likely, the significance of Trump’s conspiracy tweet will be unexceptional. After all, this is the man who tweeted “When the looting starts, the shooting starts” as riots in response to the George Floyd death broke out in multiple cities across the U.S.
He’s also a man who has an entire website solely dedicated to tweets he deleted, and that’s actually a good thing. Trump’s fondness for stepping on his own digital genitals is so pervasive that it’s hard to keep track of how many times he’s embarrassed the party and put his re-election bid at risk by ragefully running his thumbs. He’s shocked and stunned us so often that we’ve become desensitized to how truly awful he can be on social media.
Meanwhile, voters have short memories and most journalists are far too lazy to work outside of the current news cycle. Whatever horrific thing Trump tweets today will be forgotten in a week, replaced by another one that’s equally egregious.
So smile on, Trump supporters. Yes, it’s embarrassing as hell, but most political pundits – Republican and Democrat – acknowledge that Trump’s words and character are considered relatively insignificant details to his support base.
Breathe, conservatives. It’s going to be fine. As they say in recovery, “this too shall pass.”
WIBC’s Rob Kendall and IndyPolitics.org’s Abdul Hakim-Shabazz joined the Hammer and Nigel Show Tuesday to weigh in on Trump’s social media presence, his re-election bid, and the latest polling numbers against presumed Democratic nominee for President Joe Biden. Click below to check it out.