By Nancy Langley, Policy Choices
Originally published November 28, 2018 | 2:25pm
MOST RECENT UPDATE: NOVEMBER 28, 2018 | 11:59PM
Updated as new tweets are posted and for clerical edits.
“… disgusting Fake News …” – Rhetoric to foster a distrust of news sources that are critical of the president.
“… at least 3 major players…” – Which 3 people involved in the Mueller investigations persons are reporting to Trump and/or his attorneys? Major news outlets (New York Ties, MSNBC, etc.) have reported that the lawyer for Paul Manafort has been reporting to Trump lawyers about Manafort’s discussions with Mueller investigators. Who are the other two informants?
“… the Angry Mueller Gang of Dems … “ – It is absurd to suggest that members of the investigation are playing party politics. The president of the United States can only be cleared of suspicion *by* the Mueller investigation.
“… telling witnesses to lie about facts & they will get relief. “ – No. The purpose of the investigation is to discover facts. Those facts are not obtainable if people lie. People who lie will be charged with perjury because lying to FBI investigators is a crime.
“This is our Joseph McCarthy Era!” – This is an odd descriptive choice. I say “odd” because the McCarthy era, as with today’s extremist conservatives, is an history of sensationalist attacks.
Here is one description:
… some Republicans (began to) press hard (on) the communists-in-government issue. … On February 9, 1950 … senator Joseph R. McCarthy of Wisconsin, casually introduced this theme in a speech before the Women’s Republican Club of Wheeling, West Virginia. … The State Department was “infested” with communists. McCarthy had no shred of evidence … Inhibited neither by scruples nor by logic, he lashed out in every direction … he distracted the public by striking out with still more sensational accusations … McCarthy was a totally unscrupulous demagogue. …Garraty, John A. and McCaughey, Robert A., The American Nation: A History of the United States: Sixth Edition, pp. 839-841,
2nd & 3rd Tweets
The Twitter account/handle “The Trump Train” is so extreme that when I first encountered it, I reported it to Twitter because of the bizarre and convoluted rhetoric I’d observed them posting. I wondered who owned the account, and what their purpose was. It seemed to me the purpose was to subvert American unity. It isn’t that I believe all Americans must think alike – it was that this account deliberately tries to divide Americans over problems that don’t factually exist. Twitter checked into it and it is a legitimate account. So ….
… It is this account that the president chose to begin re-tweeting today.
Here the president re-tweets a post from an account called “VP FAN / @MikePenceVP”. The owner of this parody account is unknown. For all I know, it could be the president himself who owns the account. Will the real owner please stand up?
5th & 6th Tweets
Yes. Hillary said that. In October. As an attempt to cover for an interviewer who, in asking questions, confused former Attorney General Eric Holder and Senator Cory Booker. They’re both black men. She laughed as she said it, indicating she was teasing.
The media covered this faux pas as a poorly chosen attempt at humor. It was a poor choice precisely because it is something racists say – and believe.
Another re-tweet from “The Trump Train” account.
8th & 9th Tweets
I Googled “the chicken tax” and yes, it is a real thing. Fortunately, researchers over at CNN have already looked into it, and I can refer you to their article: Why is Donald Trump talking about a ‘chicken tax’?
The National Tree Lighting Ceremony occurred today.