2018 November 28 Wednesday

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.


Morning Tweets

1st Tweet

BEGIN QUOTE of TRUMP TWEET  While the disgusting Fake News is doing everything within their power not to report it that way, at least 3 major players are intimating the the Angry Mueller Gang of Dems is viciously telling witnesses to lie about facts & they will get relief. This is our Joseph McCarthy Era!  END QUOTE

“… 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,

Sound familiar?


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.

This is a re-tweet of The Trump Train that has an image of leading democrats behind a jail bars, and that is captioned with the following:  Now that Russia collusion is a proven lie, when do the trials for treason begin?
A re-tweet from The Trump Train account. BEGIN QUOTE If GM doesn't want to keep their jobs in the United States, they should pay back the $11.2 billion bailout that was funded by the American taxpayer. END QUOTE

4th Tweet

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.

This is another re-tweet about Hillary Clinton's poor attempt at humor.

7th Tweet

Another re-tweet from “The Trump Train” account.


8th & 9th Tweets

CONTINUE QUOTE .... and G.M. would not be closing their plants in Ohio, Michigan & Maryland. Get smart Congress. Also, the countries that send us cars have taken advantage of the U.S. for decades. The President has great power on this issue - Because of the G.M. event, it is being studied now! END QUOTE

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’?


Evening Tweets

1st Tweet

Image of the now lit National Tree.
BEGIN QUOTE
On behalf of @flotus Melania and the entire Trump family, I want to wish you all a very MERRY CHRISTMAS! May this Christmas Season bring peace to your hearts, warmth to your homes, cheer to your spirits and JOY TO THE WORLD! 
#NCTL2018
END QUOTE

The National Tree Lighting Ceremony occurred today.


Late Night Tweets

1st Tweet

BEGIN QUOTE
Sebastian Gorka a very talented man who I got to know well while he was working at the White House, has just written an excellent book, "Why We Fight." Much will be learned from this very good read!

2nd tweet

So much happening with the now discredited Witch Hunt. This total Hoax will be studied for years.