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THE TWITTER DIAGNOSIS

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BOB FRANKEN
FOR RELEASE FRIDAY, MARCH 22, 2019

THE TWITTER DIAGNOSIS
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At one point during a 2016 presidential debate with Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump was citing possible culprits for the hacking of Democrats’ emails. He was his usual sensitive self: “It also could be somebody sitting on their bed that weighs 400 pounds, OK?” Was he projecting, talking about himself in his pajamas communicating his dark thoughts through his devices? He’s been a wild man recently.
You have your morning routine; President Trump has his. The first thing he does after he awakens is to take a tweet -- lots of them -- to start his day. It’s a Twitter shower before he gets to anything else. On a recent Sunday, he began before 5:30 a.m., ripping into the “fake news media” and, before the day was through, cyberattacking many of his favorite enemies. This multimillionaire who holds the highest office in the land has a ton of grievances, and it’s an ever-growing list.
It was a combination of old and new that day and night: General Motors, for closing an auto plant, and his grudge against John McCain -- he’s been on a nonstop tirade about McCain, who has been dead for seven months. He’s also attacked social media companies like Twitter for suppressing Republican points of view. This might surprise some, considering how he was twittering those hard feelings.


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For good measure, he also described George Conway as “A total loser.” That’s notable because George Conway, a respected attorney, is the husband of Kellyanne Conway, who is extremely visible as a top Trump adviser and apologist. In fairness, however, let’s note that her hubby George has incessantly trashed her boss as a mental case, most recently as consumed by a narcissistic personality disorder and an antisocial personality disorder. One can only hope Kellyanne and George don’t take their outside activities home with them.
As for his perennial “enemy of the people,” the mainstream media, Trump once again tried to strike fear in our hearts by suggesting official government action, tweeting about the variety show “Saturday Night Live”: “Should Federal Election Commission and/or FCC look into this? There must be Collusion with the Democrats and, of course, Russia! Such one sided media coverage, most of it Fake News.”
That “collusion” with Russia part is obviously a Trump version of a joke. One can only assume it is. Still, Congressman Devin Nunes, who formerly headed the House Intelligence Committee, which was supposed to be investigating the real Russian collusion allegations before the Democrats took over, has filed a lawsuit against Twitter. Nunes is charging defamation and seeking $250 million in damages.
He cites several insulting comments leveled against him by various parody accounts. In the process, he ignores long-established First Amendment case law. We should note that during his time as chairman of House Intelligence, Nunes so embarrassed his colleagues by his constant defenses of President Trump that the investigation was taken away from him and ultimately headed by another Republican member of the committee.
Of course, it’s an entirely new ballgame these days in the House of Representatives, with the Democratic Party takeover. The House side of the Capitol has become investigation city, and that predictably has prompted a torrent from an outraged President Tweety Bird: “The Dems and their committees are going ‘nuts.’ The Republicans never did this to President Obama, there would be no time left to run government.”
For the record, GOP-led House committees targeted the Obama administration nonstop, along with his secretary of state, the future presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
Hillary was not big on cyber communication. In fact, she went out of her way to hide her emails, which was a big reason that Donald Trump beat her. Given how he flogs the world on Twitter with his every thought, it almost makes us wish he’d hide a few of his, too.

© 2019 Bob Franken
Distributed by King Features Syndicate, Inc

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