Trump jumps the shark on Twitter

Yes, this is a tweeticle, but what else are we supposed to do when the President of the United States makes policy statements and also insults newspeople using Twitter? I’m starting to believe the man has a diagnosable case of narcissism.

He has no idea how a President should comport himself, and that’s most easily evinced by looking at Twitter. Can you imagine any other President, including George W. Bush, Nixon, or Reagan, going after people like this if they had had access to social media?

Here. according to CNN, is what our “President” had to say about the co-hosts of MSNBC’s “The Morning Show”. He resorts, like a schoolyard bully, to hurling insulting nicknames:

CNN reports:

The president’s deputy press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, defended the tweets by saying Trump was responding to the “outrageous attacks that take place” on “Morning Joe” and other shows.

Trump refuses to be “bullied,” Sanders said on Fox News. “This is a president who fights fire with fire.”

Has Sanders ever heard of “taking the high road”? CNN continues:

Trump’s tweets in the 8 a.m. hour on Thursday said that “Morning Joe” is “poorly rated” (it’s not) and that the hosts “speak badly of me” (that’s true). He called both hosts disparaging names.

Trump claimed that Scarborough and Brzezinski courted him for an interview at Mar-a-Lago around the New Year’s Eve holiday.

“She was bleeding badly from a face-lift. I said no!” the president wrote.

He actually said yes, according to accounts of their meeting. Trump, Scarborough and Brzezinski mingled with guests and had a private chat.

For the record, photos from Mar-a-Lago do not show any blood or bandages on Brzezinski’s face.

Stunned commenters on social media noted that Trump targeted both hosts with his barbed tweets, but only opined on the physical appearance of the woman involved.

Democratic commentator Maria Cardona, speaking on CNN, said it was part of a pattern of misogynistic behavior by Trump. “We should not normalize this,” she said, calling it “unacceptable and unpresidential.”

And Republicans aren’t having it, either. Those who have condemned Trump’s outrageous behavior include Republican lawmakers Lindsey Graham, Mike Coffman, Lynn Jenkins, Ben Sasse, and Adam Kinzinger (Democrats have piled on as well, but the Republican sentiments are telling).  Here are two of the GOP tweets:

MSNBC’s response was simple: “”It’s a sad day for America when the president spends his time bullying, lying and spewing petty personal attacks instead of doing his job.”

And here’s the response from the head of public relations for NBC News and MSNBC:

97 Comments

  1. Posted June 29, 2017 at 2:02 pm | Permalink

    Speechless.

  2. DrBrydon
    Posted June 29, 2017 at 2:04 pm | Permalink

    Stay classy, Don. It’s not just about gold-plating the bathroom fixtures.

  3. Posted June 29, 2017 at 2:08 pm | Permalink

    Read an article this past week from somebody who works at the American Enterprise Institute that discussed that the level of contempt that both sides feel is similar to what happens right before couples divorce. He suggested that we focus on policy differences rather than personal things that lead to contempt.

    I think he has a point but really, where is one to go with stuff like this and people still defending Trump on line. Feeling contempt for your opponent does not engender compromise or cooperation but where do you go with this?

  4. Posted June 29, 2017 at 2:12 pm | Permalink

    Kornblau’s response is wonderful! 🙂

    • Heather Hastie
      Posted June 30, 2017 at 2:29 pm | Permalink

      My favourite too!

  5. Mark R.
    Posted June 29, 2017 at 2:15 pm | Permalink

    Our president is a complete and utter asshole.

    • ToddP
      Posted June 29, 2017 at 3:42 pm | Permalink

      +1

    • Posted June 30, 2017 at 12:23 pm | Permalink

      That’s what the #FakeNews Lamestream media want you to think. Dave Rubin, a #NewCenter #ClassicalLiberal, keeps telling me that Trump is doing a fine job and there’s really nothing he’s done worth criticizing. The Regressive Left – that’s the real danger. Pay no attention to the dismantling of the EPA, the State Department, and the social safety net programs…some academic journal published a gender studies paper that sounds silly…Let’s talk about that!

  6. Craw
    Posted June 29, 2017 at 2:20 pm | Permalink

    Pedantic moment. I think “evince” is wrong here, because it’s an active verb. So, “Trump evinces pathological narcissism” but I cannot evince his narcissism by looking at Twitter.

  7. BobTerrace
    Posted June 29, 2017 at 2:22 pm | Permalink

    Trump has jumped the shark every single day since the beginning of campaigning. He is a despicable person and a sad excuse for a human being.

  8. Posted June 29, 2017 at 2:23 pm | Permalink

    Drumpf jumped the shark looooooong ago — when he recorded that famous Access Hollywood interview, if not before.

    Now, he’s live-tweeting as he sodomizes the shark’s fetid corpse.

    Nor will this be the last straw for his supporters; nor will he temper his future brutalization of civil society. Indeed, this incident doesn’t even register compared to all that’s come before.

    We’ll see if Mitch can shoehorn 50 of his flock into a “Yes” on Trumpcare. If so, the train will keep barrelling along at least as far as the tax overhaul station; if not, the wheels likely come off sooner rather than later.

    That’s to say, Mitch has some very tiny balls in his hand, and an inopportune sneeze will crush them. One wonders if the owner of those balls realizes the significance of the pleasant warmth they’re currently experiencing. Probably not, considering the pepper shaker the owner just carelessly knocked over.

    No matter what, the forecast only calls for more ugly.

    Cheers,

    b&

    • Simon Hayward
      Posted June 29, 2017 at 2:55 pm | Permalink

      “live-tweeting as he sodomizes the shark’s fetid corpse”

      I can’t unsee that…..thank you so much 😦

    • Posted June 29, 2017 at 2:56 pm | Permalink

      I do not believe the United States will recover from the Trump disaster. Our political world, never pretty, is now a grotesque and hideous shell of responsible and responsive government. It is past redemption.

      I would weep for what has become of us if I wasn’t so damned sick of it all.

      • Posted June 29, 2017 at 3:51 pm | Permalink

        Don’t despair. Worry, perhaps, but not despair. We’ve been through worse, much worse; as bad as Drumpf is, the current situation is nothing compared with the Civil War, which remains one of the most brutal and bloody internecine conflicts in Western history. And we recovered from that to reach our greatest heights yet…even as we’ve faltered of late.

        The Sun will eventually set on the American Empire, as it does on all empires. And it may even be setting now; indeed, this is not unlike what it’s looked like when it’s set on previous empires. But, even when empires fade, life for most people mostly continues as it had, mostly.

        Personally, I’m leaning towards Drumpf being a really bad case of Nixonitis. It’s a crisis that’s going to become Constitutional, but I don’t think it’ll become existential.

        Cheers,

        b&

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        • rickflick
          Posted June 29, 2017 at 6:18 pm | Permalink

          I think the US has always been pretty big on itself as exceptional, and in many ways it has been a great nation among nations. But, I suspect many in Europe and other older cultures see a youthful, brash, delinquent aspect to America-first jingoism and the political side show it spawns. Trumpism is probably seen as something we will have to eventually grow out of. Let’s hope sooner than later.

          • Filippo
            Posted July 1, 2017 at 10:52 pm | Permalink

            Yep, it’s always better if someone else, unsolicited, brags on one. But that’s not good enough for the U.S. and not a few U.S. citizens. “USA! USA!” “Amuricun Exceptionalism.” Such braggadocio.

            I am (perversely) impressed with how vociferously many if not all U.S. states toot their horns about how great they are, particularly in the quadrennial major political party convention speeches made by a state delegation functionary prior to the state casting its votes in support of a candidate. What if a state delegation spokesperson simply got up and said one sentence, “(State) casts its votes for (whoever’s running)”? Would convention attendees feel cheated of not receiving their sufficient ration of bloviation?

      • Posted June 29, 2017 at 4:30 pm | Permalink

        I think you are too pessimistic.

        • Posted June 29, 2017 at 4:37 pm | Permalink

          Perhaps so, but the thing to keep in mind is that Trump is tip of the iceberg. He is the most prominent of the worst, but people like him -in terms of the stupid, the hate, the un-thinking, the venal and the craven- permeate our entire political system, top to bottom, both parties.

          Trump is America on steroids. I do believe there is no going back.

          • Posted June 29, 2017 at 4:50 pm | Permalink

            Drumpf’s approval rating is stuck in the upper 30s with his disapproval rating in the mid 50s — and his supporters are shifting from “strongly support” to “mostly support,” whilst his opponents are solidifying around “strongly oppose.” He’s already in the approval range when previous presidents have faced serious impeachment threats.

            And, let’s not forget: he lost the popular vote, and his success in the electoral college was, in no small part, due to gerrymandering.

            It’s very bad that so many American support him, yes. But the actual number of Americans who support him is in line with the number of Americans who opposed the Civil Rights Act half a century ago. They’ve gamed the system to their advantage, managing to put together a ruling coalition with a minority…but that coalition is demonstrably weak (no major legislation yet) and showing signs of crumbling (the Russian investigation, the response to these Twits, etc.).

            Drumpf’s America is unstable. Maybe it’ll collapse into full authoritarianism, especially if he successfully declares martial law in response to a crisis. But it’s looking more likely that he’ll go down in the same flames that consumed Nixon, at which point the nation takes a deep breath and gropes its way back to the status quo ante.

            And, no, of course it’ll never be the same as it was. Nothing ever is, and wishing it to be so is as futile as wishing the tides to stop. If your happiness is dependent on nothing changing or a guaranteed return to a prior state, you’ll never be happy, period, full stop.

            Cheers,

            b&

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            • Posted June 29, 2017 at 4:59 pm | Permalink

              My happiness, as you put it, has nothing whatever to do with our government (frankly, when and if the US tanks, given it current state, I’ll get in line to dance on its grave) and I don’t wish to return to the fabled good old days as they never really existed. It’s the direction of the path we’re on now that I was commenting on.

              As I said, I see Trump as the tip of the iceberg. The nastiest bits on top so everyone can see them. Down below, not as clearly in sight, the rot is deep, fundamental and YUGE and it isn’t just among Trump supporters.

              I do hope you’re right, for the sake of the young.

      • Diana MacPherson
        Posted June 29, 2017 at 9:45 pm | Permalink

        It’s good people aren’t accepting this. Americans can’t normalize this behaviour or it will continue with the. Ext president and the one after that. Stay strong, America and call this shit out!

    • Kevin
      Posted June 29, 2017 at 3:11 pm | Permalink

      Indeed, a shark that’s been dragged to the depths by mutated orcas and brought back to shore by giant squid only then to be lavishly cradled in the small hands of the orange chaos monkey as he pushes his raccoon member eerily into some fleshy crevice.

      Nota bene: I am very fond of all apex creatures of the ocean and it pains me to metaphorically conjoin them with our species’ greatest living abomination.

    • Ken Kukec
      Posted June 29, 2017 at 4:38 pm | Permalink

      Trump is trapped in suspended animation above the shark, mid-jump, but has deluded himself he’s defying gravity.

      • Filippo
        Posted July 1, 2017 at 10:58 pm | Permalink

        I gather that Trump was quite significantly influenced by father Fred. Not so much his mother? I assume that his mother is not alive? I wonder if his behavior would be different were he alive. His sister is a judge. I wonder if she is monumentally embarrassed, or has moved beyond that, and secretly regales in his misbehavior.

  9. darrelle
    Posted June 29, 2017 at 2:26 pm | Permalink

    Trump often has me thinking of the President from the awesome movie The Fifth Element, played by Tommy “Tiny” Lister. Very evidently written and cast to parody a comically incompetent leader, I’d take that president over Trump any day.

  10. Ken Kukec
    Posted June 29, 2017 at 2:30 pm | Permalink

    “She was bleeding badly from a face-lift.”

    I’m beginning to suspect that you, Mr. Trump, are no gentleman!

    • Paul S
      Posted June 29, 2017 at 2:35 pm | Permalink

      You have to be a man first before you’re a gentleman. He misses on both counts.
      ~G.W. McLintock (John Wayne)

    • Posted June 29, 2017 at 10:05 pm | Permalink

      He has a pathological obsession with women+blood.

  11. darrelle
    Posted June 29, 2017 at 2:34 pm | Permalink

    “Trump refuses to be “bullied,” Sanders said on Fox News. “This is a president who fights fire with fire.””

    That is a smart way for Trump’s clean up crew to play this kind of thing. Many of Trump’s core supporters love Trump for just this sort of thing. Telling those liberal assholes off. It allows them to vicariously vent their own misdirected rage.

    • Sastra
      Posted June 29, 2017 at 3:52 pm | Permalink

      In Better Angels of Our NatureSteven Pinker describes a shift in how the aristocracy responded to insults. Before the Renaissance, a knight’s response to a challenge to his honor was swift and violent. A propensity towards revenge and retribution were signs not just of manhood, but nobility. A gentleman was quick to take offense.

      As courts and being a courtier became more significant in the life of the aristocrat, however, the values shifted. Kings couldn’t have guests spilling blood over spilled salt. The True Aristocrat was now a man of breeding and manners. They were cool, slow to anger — using their wits or ostentatiously turning their back when insulted. Only brutes behaved otherwise. A gentleman remained a gentleman.

      Sometimes it seems like the country is divided into pre-and-post-Renaissance.

      • Diana MacPherson
        Posted June 29, 2017 at 9:46 pm | Permalink

        Trump will probably bring back duels.

        • Michael Fisher
          Posted June 29, 2017 at 9:57 pm | Permalink

          Duels? That physical coward? Only if he’s allowed to game the system & shoot his opponent in the back. Maybe tweet duels would suit him best.

          Or the 17th century Russian system of nobility & serfs. That’s how he ran his failed casinos – cheap, subcontracted, undocumented immigrant labour at the base & absolutely no worker unions.

          • Diana MacPherson
            Posted June 30, 2017 at 8:26 am | Permalink

            Yes, as I wrote that, I thought about what a dirty player he’d be.

    • GM
      Posted June 29, 2017 at 5:06 pm | Permalink

      Yes, and this is happening right when the health care bill will either pass or die.

      And if it passes, it will be an extremely unpopular thing.

      While if it dies, it will be a political loss for Trump

      Some manufactured controversy is always good in such situations.

      As, BTW, is some military action, so expect escalation of the situation in Syria or starting something elsewhere.

      P.S. In case anyone has forgotten, Clinton did exactly the same back in 1998 when he was being impeached.

      • Mark R.
        Posted June 29, 2017 at 5:27 pm | Permalink

        Yes, “Monica’s War”… But if you’re going to manufacture controversy, why this lame misogyny and ad-hominem bullshit? Oh wait, what a silly question.

  12. Posted June 29, 2017 at 2:35 pm | Permalink

    This guy is jumping the shark …?

    I doubt it.

  13. Posted June 29, 2017 at 2:36 pm | Permalink

    This guy is jumping the shark now…?

    I doubt it.

    • JonLynnHarvey
      Posted June 29, 2017 at 6:34 pm | Permalink

      The assertion that Trump jumped the shark has been previously made with regard to his aspersions on Ted Cruz’ citizenship (TC was born in Canada).

      Images like this were already making the rounds back then. although this pic is more recent.

      At any rate the implications of “Make America Great Again” are now pretty clear- remove Trump.

      • JonLynnHarvey
        Posted June 29, 2017 at 6:35 pm | Permalink

        PS. While she may not think it appropriate for me to legitimize the question, I think Lynn Jenkins is quite good looking.

  14. mdeschane
    Posted June 29, 2017 at 2:40 pm | Permalink

    Even Ryan got a backbone and said; “Obviously, I don’t see that as an appropriate comment.”

    Really sticking your neck out there Senator Ryan.

    • Posted June 29, 2017 at 2:53 pm | Permalink

      … Congressman Ryan, or Speaker Ryan …

      • Ken Kukec
        Posted June 29, 2017 at 10:29 pm | Permalink

        Can’t wait for Ryan to excuse Trump because “he’s just new at this” being an actual human being thing.

  15. tomh
    Posted June 29, 2017 at 2:43 pm | Permalink

    All the Republican leadership will take the moral high ground and condemn Trump’s tweet, then spend the rest of the day trying to take healthcare away from 22 million people.

    • Mark R.
      Posted June 29, 2017 at 5:32 pm | Permalink

      Yes, just as they’ll keep the victims of shootings in their thoughts and prayers, and do absolutely nothing to introduce common sense gun legislation.

  16. Kurtis Rader
    Posted June 29, 2017 at 2:45 pm | Permalink

    On a lighter note neither can he dress himself like a successful businessman let alone President of the USA. His watch is way too tight, small, and just plain ugly. Then there’s the fact he tapes his tie together. Heck, even George “C+ Augustus” Bush was more presidential than the current holder of the office.

    • Posted June 29, 2017 at 2:59 pm | Permalink

      Is that really Drumpf’s watch?! I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised — he even gilded his flag ship building (and maybe more than one?).

      Small, er, hands, I guess.

      I recently set foot in a gambling casino for the first time (this casino was in the rural USA).

      As I looked around me in that casino, I suddenly understood:

      – Drumpf’s style
      – Who his constituency is
      – Why his style appeals to them

      Holy hoppin’ Hank, help us all!

      “On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”

      — H.L. Mencken, the last line of a column that appeared July 26, 1920, in the Baltimore Evening Sun

    • Posted June 29, 2017 at 3:13 pm | Permalink

      Wait! He took that watch from Ivana!

    • Ken Kukec
      Posted June 29, 2017 at 5:11 pm | Permalink

      That ridiculous red tie of his, hanging down over his junk-space, looks like the tongue on a parched greyhound.

  17. Ken Kukec
    Posted June 29, 2017 at 3:01 pm | Permalink

    Calls for a bit o’ Scriptural mash-up:

    How long, O Lord, how long shall I take counsel in my soul, having sorrow in my heart daily? How long shall mine enemy be exalted over me?

    — Psalm 13:2

    Congress, if thou be willing, remove this president from me.

    — Luke 22:42 (paraphrased)

  18. mfdempsey1946
    Posted June 29, 2017 at 3:02 pm | Permalink

    At low moments, one wonders whether this tsunami of raw sewage from the Trump creature, his stooges, and his deluded bootlickers will ever stop or even slow down?

    And if it never will do either, whether life will continue to be worth living with this unending pall hanging over it…

  19. Kevin
    Posted June 29, 2017 at 3:03 pm | Permalink

    “I’m starting to believe the man has a diagnosable case of narcissism.”

    That ship has sailed. Nemesis tricked the orange madman long ago. His only bridge to reality is deep in the pool made for him that he cannot steal away from.

  20. J. Quinton
    Posted June 29, 2017 at 3:10 pm | Permalink

    Outrage of the week, I guess.

    Let’s see what outrageous thing Trump will do next week. It is the 4th of July so we all know he’ll jack something up.

    Democrats will get pissed, Republicans will wag their fingers for a few seconds and then go back to trying to break up immigrant families and take healthcare away from millions of Americans.

  21. Ken Kukec
    Posted June 29, 2017 at 3:12 pm | Permalink

    The Donald doth have a phobia regarding women and blood, methinks.

    • Mark R.
      Posted June 29, 2017 at 5:38 pm | Permalink

      Out, damned spot! out, I say!–

      • Diana MacPherson
        Posted June 29, 2017 at 9:48 pm | Permalink

        Indeed, is say he watched too much MacBeth but that would be too cultured for someone who gold plates everything like a white trash Midas.

        • Ken Kukec
          Posted June 29, 2017 at 10:21 pm | Permalink

          Trump’s tastes run to “Bath-Party chic.”

          • Stephen Barnard
            Posted June 29, 2017 at 10:32 pm | Permalink

            He makes Saddam Hussein look like a minimalist.

    • Michael Fisher
      Posted June 29, 2017 at 7:03 pm | Permalink

      Ken – he has a wealth of phobias to do with germs & excretion. Listen to this 2004 [ish] convo between Howard Stern & Trump: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F32LbPl-K6s

      He had a weird upbringing, like a lot of rich kids they grow up to have some peculiar ideas/obsessions. Rather like the English upper classes who were insulated from interacting with the opposite sex for their first two decades. I don’t know how to fit the Russian prostitute ‘golden showers’ allegation into Trump’s phobia’s & aversions though… 🙂

      • Michael Fisher
        Posted June 29, 2017 at 7:05 pm | Permalink

        Ooops grocer’s apostrophe trigger warning

        • rickflick
          Posted June 29, 2017 at 7:11 pm | Permalink

          Technically, that should be greengrocer’s apostrophe, though I doubt anyone will notice. 😎

      • rickflick
        Posted June 29, 2017 at 7:08 pm | Permalink

        It is interesting and telling to think that presidential historians will have so much abnormal psychology to play with than for any of his predecessors.

      • Ken Kukec
        Posted June 29, 2017 at 9:48 pm | Permalink

        For all his puerile braggadocio about pussy-grabbing, I can’t imagine Donald Trump derives much pleasure from physical intimacy with women. Between his germ- and haemophobias, and his palpable disgust at Hillary’s taking a potty break during a debate, I doubt the Donald spends much time venerating at the female Holy of Holies. Poor Melania. Sad!

        • Diana MacPherson
          Posted June 29, 2017 at 9:49 pm | Permalink

          Narcissists are incapable of intimacy.

          • Ken Kukec
            Posted June 30, 2017 at 6:33 am | Permalink

            I think we see that too in Trump’s unease with public touching. There are the weird-ass handshakes with men, and his stabs at hugging and cheek-kissing with women are even creepier.

            The previous gold standard for public awkwardness was Richard Nixon; Trump makes him seem smooth as Astaire.

          • darrelle
            Posted June 30, 2017 at 7:15 am | Permalink

            Yes. I’m sure it is a one way street for Trump.

  22. gravelinspector-Aidan
    Posted June 29, 2017 at 3:14 pm | Permalink

    Will nobody think of the poor bloody shark?
    Particularly if Trump does fall into the water an the shark bites. It’ll be trying to get the taste out of its mouth for months. Probably shed it’s teeth to try to get rid of the pollution.

    On the subject of plumbing, did Trump do the job properly (gold to the private cess pit) or was he just a cheapskate developer who used ceramic pipe (a Babylonian invention, BTW) once it’s out of sight. And I bet he connected to Public Services (ie, sewers) like the communist he really is.
    I’m not going to harp unnecessarily on the “necessaries”, but the use of corrosion-resisting pipework is rational, considering the toxic corrosive nature of his public ejaculations. And I’ll stop here. Because I dread to think of Melania’s constitution.

    • Ken Kukec
      Posted June 29, 2017 at 4:57 pm | Permalink

      As a matter of professional courtesy, Trump & sharks have a mutual non-aggression pact — same as Trump & God, or as Hitler & Stalin had in ’39.

  23. Posted June 29, 2017 at 3:21 pm | Permalink

    You’re just “starting to believe that the man has a diagnosable case of narcissism?” There’s an entire genre of videos, articles and posts created by members of the psychiatric profession that have been published over the course of the past 4 years postulating the extent of this jackass’s mental problems. Pathological narcissism is the very least of what they have all diagnosed as highly probable.

    • gravelinspector-Aidan
      Posted June 29, 2017 at 3:28 pm | Permalink

      The professional shrinks bodies forbid “diagnosis at a distance”. It doesn’t stop them, but it is very poor parctic. I wouldn’t be surprised to see “professional misconduct” charges laid at some point, and maybe eve licenses-to-practice revoked

      • Ken Phelps
        Posted June 29, 2017 at 10:23 pm | Permalink

        None of which diminishes the truth of their observations.

  24. gravelinspector-Aidan
    Posted June 29, 2017 at 3:25 pm | Permalink

    Oh dear. I really shouldn’t think about this waiting for the pub home from the bus.
    Trump’s corrosive effuvia (my previous comment) are a medical issue.
    So, the auriferous plumbing is a medical necessity.
    So, it’s a tax-allowable expense. (No? IANAtaxman)
    But Trump doesn’t want to admit to knowing that he has a “plumbing problem”.
    Therefore he has fair reason to not release his tax returns.
    QED
    ?

  25. Randy schenck
    Posted June 29, 2017 at 3:31 pm | Permalink

    It’s all been there in plain view for all to see since way before he was elected to this office. We might think there is a giant genetic flaw in this no talent, no skill excuse of a human being, but then what of the 63 million others who voted for him?

  26. Stephen Barnard
    Posted June 29, 2017 at 3:56 pm | Permalink

    The asshole in chief just guaranteed higher ratings for Morning Joe tomorrow.

    I used to watch them every morning, but stopped because early on in the campaign they were in the bag for Trump. Some personal relationship, I think. Scarborough and Brzezinski are, respectively, arrogant and cloying — personality defects that pale in comparison to Donald Trump’s.

    • Filippo
      Posted July 1, 2017 at 11:03 pm | Permalink

      I remember Hitch boring Scarborough a new one.

  27. Posted June 29, 2017 at 4:34 pm | Permalink

    That Trump should immediately stop using Twitter is maybe the only consensus idea in the current American political life.

    • darrelle
      Posted June 30, 2017 at 7:17 am | Permalink

      I think it’s great that Trump uses twitter!

      • rickflick
        Posted June 30, 2017 at 10:46 am | Permalink

        Maybe so. At least we all get a look into the deep recesses of a sociopathic mind. Quite a learning opportunity.

  28. Ken Kukec
    Posted June 29, 2017 at 4:46 pm | Permalink

    If Trump ever actually jumped a shark, first thing he’d do is, he’d gaslight the shark into believing it dove under him.

    • Randy schenck
      Posted June 29, 2017 at 5:06 pm | Permalink

      With all the shark talk I cannot help but recall the old lawyer joke, I’m sure you know: What do they call 500 lawyers at the bottom of the ocean? A pretty good start.

  29. Posted June 29, 2017 at 10:07 pm | Permalink

    Huckabee: “This is a president who fights fire with fire.”

    No, this is a president who is a serial arsonist.

    • Ken Phelps
      Posted June 29, 2017 at 10:26 pm | Permalink

      Huckabee is evidence that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Or perhaps more appropriately, the turd doesn’t fall far from the anus.

      Sorry. Not.

  30. Paul Woodcraft
    Posted June 30, 2017 at 1:50 am | Permalink

    The Queen has lived by her mother’s well-worn maxim: ‘Never complain. Never explain.’
    In a position of leadership, you should say less than you do, there is no need to impress. Just get on with your job, set yourself the highest professional and personal standards, stand by them for the whole of your life and keep your mouth shut. Certainly never preach or speak or write ill of any other person.

  31. Bob Barber
    Posted June 30, 2017 at 7:16 am | Permalink

    Harry Truman, as President, used to vent by writing letter to those with whom he was angry and then never mailing them. I suggest Mr. Trump take the example.

    • darrelle
      Posted June 30, 2017 at 7:21 am | Permalink

      That would be better for Trump, but I think it’s better for our society in general that Trump tweet’s his heart out.

  32. Kurt Lewis Helf
    Posted June 30, 2017 at 8:05 am | Permalink

    It’s also telling how few republicans condemned this classless man’s tw**t screeds.

  33. Merilee
    Posted June 30, 2017 at 8:54 am | Permalink

    Sub

  34. Craw
    Posted June 30, 2017 at 3:18 pm | Permalink

    I think everyone has this backwards. The only part of Trump’s tweet that isn’t nutso is the bit about blood. You can’t go to public gatherings in the modern world seeping blood. You go to the office party, and some guy is dripping blood on things. What’s your reaction? We have seen cases where hazmat teams are called because of bleeding.

    No, what’s nutso is the obsessive pettiness, the IQ smear, the harping on ratings, and just the very idea he should take his feelings out in public at all. But he has a point about objecting to bleeding guests at a pool party.

    • JohnnieCanuck
      Posted June 30, 2017 at 4:07 pm | Permalink

      Well he might if there actually were blood flowing, but we have no evidence for that. Photographs taken of her at the time show nothing out of the ordinary.

      Is there any precedent for Trump to lie about others? To lie about women? To denigrate women over menstrual blood?

      The people who voted for him abdicated their responsibility to the Nation. The Republicans who rigged the election in his favour need to be held responsible for their actions. REDMAP for one. Voting restrictions for another.

      • Craw
        Posted June 30, 2017 at 4:33 pm | Permalink

        Actually we do have evidence. First we have Trump’s statement. You might not like it, but it is evidence. Second, and perhaps more importantly, we have no explicit denial of the bleeding from Mikajoe. We have instead an implied confirmation, as they quibbled about whether the operation she had was actually a facelift, but did not explicitly deny any blood seepage. (And it is fair to call it a facelift http://althouse.blogspot.com/2017/06/when-is-facelift-not-facelift.html)
        More to the point, Trump’s rationale in re blood is perfectly reasonable. People are acting like it’s the craziest part. It is everything else which is crazy.

        • Ken Kukec
          Posted June 30, 2017 at 6:11 pm | Permalink

          What kind of man tweets an insult like that about a women, if it’s true?

          And what kind of monster tweets it about a woman if it’s false?

          Given Trump’s putrid record for honesty and trustworthiness, his statements about this are worth less than nothing. (There’s an instruction judges give juries in criminal trials when the defendant testifies: If you find the defendant’s testimony unbelievable, you may infer his guilt from his false denials alone.)

          Donald Trump: “Guilty! Guilty, guilty, guilty!!”

          • Diana MacPherson
            Posted June 30, 2017 at 6:15 pm | Permalink

            And if she were “bleeding badly” from a face lift, why didn’t you help her or call 911? Trump seems to think bleeding is some sort of indication of being a loser.

            • Craw
              Posted June 30, 2017 at 8:01 pm | Permalink

              This is an example of deliberately uncharitable interpretation. In the context of a party any visible bleeding would be enough.

              • Diana MacPherson
                Posted June 30, 2017 at 11:02 pm | Permalink

                Oh because there are other interpretations to “bleeding badly”. I think what he tweeted was pretty clear. I don’t think I needed to interpret anything.

        • Posted July 1, 2017 at 12:40 am | Permalink

          Contemporary photos taken at the time reveal no bleeding of any kind.

  35. Diane G.
    Posted July 1, 2017 at 1:17 am | Permalink

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