2018 November 15

Updates – Reflect additions of tweets as well as clerical edits.
Last update: November 16, 2018 | 7:20 a.m.

Author: Nancy Langley.
November 15, 2018 | 2:38 p.m.

First Early Morning Tweet

– “The White House is running very smoothly …”

Define what ‘The White House’ is in the context being used by the President. (Is it the Executive Branch administrators? Is it staff who assist the residents? Is it both?)

Why does the President make a public statement regarding the White House?

How common is it for media to report about the inner-workings of the White House?

Is it more likely that media will report about smooth operations or chaotic operations within the White House?

– “… and the results for our Nation are obviously very good.”

What results, specifically? How are those results evaluated and by whom?

– “We are the envy of the world.”

Has there been a poll conducted where respondents, living around the world, have identified which governmental residence elicits the most envy from them? What governmental residencies would be included in such a poll?

– “But anytime I even think about making changes …”

With that phrase, the topic is assumed to refer specifically to executive branch personnel rather than residential staff. That narrows things down a bit for readers.

(Twitter is a difficult medium for presenting complete ideas as they impose character limits on tweets. There are only so many characters and spaces allowed per tweet.)

– “… the FAKE NEWS MEDIA goes crazy, …”

Why does the President choose to use that single phrase?

What is “Fake News”?

Is “Fake News” more or less common in societies with authoritarian governments? Why or why not?

Is “Fake News” more or less common in constitutional societies where free speech is legally protected? Why or why not?

What criteria best help consumers of news determine the reliability of their news sources?

– “… always seeking to make us look as bad as possible!”

Bias in journalism exists. The degree of bias also varies because of numerous reasons.

– “Very dishonest!”

What sort of news media source would choose to intentionally, and always, seek to make an administration “… look as bad as possible!”?

What sort of news media source would choose to do the exact opposite?

Do traditional U.S. media sources deliberately invent or create news? If yes, which sources do that? If yes, why do they do that? Lastly, if yes, how would that practice serve that source’s reputation for being a reliable source of information?


Second, 3rd, 4th and 5th Morning Tweets | Mueller

– “The inner workings of the Mueller investigation are a total mess.”

The President is not a member of the investigation team. He is a subject of the investigation. Therefore, he does not have access to “the inner workings” of the investigation and is unable to substantiate his opinion.

– “They have found no collusion and have gone absolutely nuts.”

Again, the President does not have access to the full body of discovery in the investigation. He cannot and does not know what has been fully discovered.

As he is not a member of the investigative team, he also has no access by which he can measure the level of nuttiness.

– “They are screaming and shouting at people …”

Which investigator(s) shouted at whom?

– “… horribly threatening them to come up with the answers they want.”

Who was threatened by whom?

Who witnessed these interrogations?

Who reported to the president that these events occurred?

The Mueller Investigation was launched to determine what happened in the 2016 election.

Criminal charges have been filed against numerous individuals involved in Trump’s campaign and his administration.

Blaming the bad behavior of others is no justification nor explanation for the criminal behaviors of those within his own circles.

If someone jumped off a cliff into a vat of boiling oil, should others do the same? Or if one believes others have done so, should that belief cause them to do the same?

– “Universities will someday study what highly conflicted (and NOT Senate approved…”

No. They will not.

Researchers understand governmental processes. They will study the role of the different branches and agencies of government, as well as individual actors.

They will begin with questions, not answers.

The remainder of the tweet similarly makes unsubstantiated slurs against people and processes.

Here Trump is making a public statement that is opinion-based, not fact-based.

Until the Mueller investigation is complete, we will not know the extent and scope of Trump’s activities, and whether or not those constitute criminal behaviors.


4 Afternoon Tweets | Veterans

Each of the four tweets includes a small video clip featuring the president.

– “We love you”

tweets Trump to the U.S. marines at the D.C. barracks.

The president also promises to:

– “HONOR those who defend”,

– “CHERISH those who protect”, and

– “celebrate … the heroes“.