30 Tweets From President Trump That We'll Never Get Over.
If you want a window into the mind of the most powerful man on earth (*shudder*) Twitter is definitely your friend. To be sure, President Trump disgraces the office every time he unloads with 140 characters of concentrated id. But he also gives us an unobstructed glimpse at his true self. What frightens him? What enrages him? What attitudes animate his behavior?
Donald Trump says so many outrageous things that it can be difficult to keep track. That's why we've assembled 30 of his most memorable presidential tweets. Can you believe he said all this in less than 7 months?
After firing former FBI Director James Comey, but before Comey delivered his devastating testimony to the Senate, Trump decided to threaten him in public for good measure. This raised plenty of eyebrows, and invited the accusation that the president was openly attempting to intimidate a witness. (Which, y'know, he was.)
Remember that time President Trump came out with the baseless claim that President Obama had wiretapped him?
This was just one occasion on which Trump threatened to discontinue press briefings. He told Fox News host Judge Jeanine Pirro that he might cut back to one press briefing every two weeks, but field the questions himself.
Even the sycophantic Pirro was forced to say, "You don't mean that."
Classic President Trump reasoning: the truth is whatever you want to be true.
"There can no longer be funding of Radical ideology," he said to the Saudis, who fund radical ideology, and have for decades. Then Trump gave the go-ahead for the Gulf states to blockade the small country of Qatar, after an influential Qatari businessman refused to give his son-in-law Jared Kushner a $500million bailout.
Well, the press knew that you were going to be having dinner. What they didn't know was that you spent a full hour having a chat with Vladimir Putin and his interpreter, without any of your own people there to advise you.
President Trump doesn't seem to understand that this is actually a point in favour of the press he so despises. When reporters at reputable news organizations get stuff wrong - they go. Meanwhile, at Fox News, you can push a debunked conspiracy theory about a murdered DNC staffer and face absolutely no consequences.
Throughout the Republicans' abortive attempts to repeal and replace (or repeal and not replace (or repeal and kind of replace)) Obamacare, President Trump repeatedly issued this threat. At the end of the day, if legislation failed, he would just let Obamacare crash and burn.
Let's all take a moment to remember that he's talking about healthcare, not a summer fling. What kind of sociopath threatens to let healthcare explode for political gain?
This is just one of a litany of attacks Trump has levelled at his own Attorney General. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, he blasted Sessions for recusing himself from the Russia investigation (which might be the only decent thing Sessions has done in his time as AG). For reasons I can't begin to imagine, Trump really wanted his guy to oversee that investigation.
Who among us wouldn't accept an invitation to attend a meeting with a Russian government attorney offering dirt on a rival? And who among us would be surprised to learn it was "part of Russia and its governments support" for our fathers? Sometimes Vladimir Putin is randomly friendly with people for absolutely no reason. Don't look a gift bear in the mouth.
This was President Trump's response when his disgraced former National Security Advisor asked Congress for immunity in exchange for telling them his story about Russian interference in the election. ("He certainly has a story to tell," Flynn's lawyer hinted ominously.)
In this tweet, Trump inexplicably encouraged his former friend to take the deal. Some have speculated that it was part of an attempt to keep Flynn from talking. That would also explain why Trump mused about bringing Flynn back someday, even after firing him for lying.
Trump unleashed this beauty in an attempt to deflect blame for Russia's interference onto Obama. Here, he implicitly acknowledges that Russia really did meddle, a fact he continues to refute elsewhere to this day.
Does Donald Trump even know what Donald Trump believes? Or does he just believe whatever is convenient on a moment-to-moment basis?
Let me clear this up. Trump asked Putin to his face whether he meddled in the election, and Putin said no. So that means it didn't happen. But Obama knew it was happening, and he did nothing. So Trump is mad at Obama for not trying to stop something he knew was happening (but wasn't actually).
The man he's referencing is Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Rosenstein appointed Special Counsel Bob Mueller after Comey was fired. He also wrote the memo that was used as a justification for firing Comey, but Trump conveniently forgot to mention that he asked Rosenstein to do so.
The Freedom Caucus is a powerful working group of 31 social conservative Republican members of Congress. Yes, Trump is lashing out at members of his own party, whose support he desperately needs if he wants to pass any legislation, like, ever.
More recently, the president offered to back anyone willing to primary anti-Trump Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ), and threatened the entire state of Alaska because Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), refused to support the Obamacare repeal.
I find Trump's hypocrisy about leaks particularly distasteful. He literally said he loved WikiLeaks when they were carpet bombing the Democrats with megatons of damaging material on Hillary Clinton. Now that the worm has turned, Trump has suddenly tired of the dirt.
By the by, leaks are a good thing as long as they don't jeopardize lives or hurt the national interest. Often, leaks are the only reason the press and public have any idea what the government is really up to.
His crowds are the biggest and greatest ever. But your crowds are crowdfunded by George Soros. #FakeCrowds
In the midst of endless political melees, it's nice to see Trump go back to basics and pick a fight with a department store.
These tweets are some of the scariest of his presidency so far. The phrases "heavy move" and "end this nonsense once and for all" seemed to suggest that Trump wanted China to talk about removing the North Korean regime altogether.
In the month since, tensions in the region have escalated, with North Korea conducting another test of an intercontinental ballistic missile potentially capable of striking the United States.
Just this week, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) intoned that President Trump is willing to bomb North Korea if they continue testing missiles, despite the fact that such an action risks reigniting the Korean War, a conflagration that could kill hundreds of thousands - more likely, millions.
On the lighter side, Trump made a habit of attacking Arnold Schwarzenegger early in his presidency. Schwarzenegger, the former Republican Governor of California, briefly succeeded Trump as host of The Apprentice, but the revamped show was a ratings flop.
Hilariously, Trump was still credited as an executive producer at the time, which means he was bashing his own show.
Remember the creepy call-and-answers Trump used to do at his campaign rallies?
"What are we gonna do?"
"BUILD THE WALL."
"And who's gonna pay for it?"
Yeah, about that...
Shortly after taking office, Trump had a conference call with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. At the time, it was leaked that the call was contentious, which both Trump and Turnbull denied. (See tweet above.)
Of course, the leaks were entirely accurate. The full transcript was leaked this week, and it records Trump telling Turnbull that he much preferred speaking to Vladimir Putin.
Unlike Mr. Putin, Mr. Turnbull is a sincere friend of the United States who has never been accused of murdering journalists or political rivals.
This one came as no surprise to those who remember the shellacking that Trump received at the 2011 Correspondents' Dinner, shortly after President Obama released his long-form birth certificate. Obama called Trump out for championing the birther conspiracy, encouraging him to focus on the questions that really matter: "did we fake the moon landing? What really happened in Roswell? And where are Biggie and Tupac?"
What can I say? This one just makes no sense.
Yeah, what is the United States anyway? Some kind of fascist dictatorship with separation of powers, coequal branches of government, and legal checks and balances? We need to get back to real democracy, where one man has the power to issue whatever orders he desires without judicial review. That's definitely what the Founding Fathers envisioned.
I think it goes without saying that you shouldn't throw the word "witch hunt" around in a country where suspected witches have been tried and hanged in the past. Those poor people never even got a chance to tweet about it. #MakeSalemGreatAgain
In less than a month since Trump tweeted this, Press Secretary Sean Spicer resigned, Anthony Scaramucci was hired and then fired as Communications Director, and Chief of Staff Reince Priebus was ousted.
Yep. No problems on Pennsylvania Avenue. Smooth sailing.
This one might just take the cake. The cynicism required to attack those who risk their lives in the service of their country in order to win some cheap approval from the far right... it's staggering.
The good news? Even most Republicans are against it.
You catch more flies with honey than with vinegar, or so the saying goes.
The same can be said for your interactions with cops, most of whom are perfectly happy to let minor infractions slide––When was the last time you were actually ticketed for jaywalking?––provided you're not a total Karen should you interact them.
Your local police officer likely doesn't care about jaywalking or the fact that you went five miles over the speed limit unless you give him a reason to, as we learned when Redditor Takdel asked police officers: "What stupid law have you enforced just because someone was an a-hole?"