This morning, as usual, the country awoke to more of Donald Trump’s utter insanity. This time it’s because he shared violent, racist videos on Twitter. Just another reminder the United States of America is run by a delusional, dangerous man-child. Let’s go on a journey through all the really dumb shit Trump has been up to in the past couple of days, because we cannot accept or normalize this behavior. Ever.
He’s retweeting anti-Muslim videos:
Wednesday morning, Trump retweeted three videos from Britain First co-leader Jayda Fransen. The videos were titled “Muslim migrant beats up Dutch boy on crutches!”, “Muslim Destroys Statue of Virgin Mary!”, and “Islamist mob pushes teen boy off roof and beats him to death.” Now a bit about Britain First: it’s a far-right, anti-Muslim, anti-immigration political party in United Kingdom. As for Fransen, The Independent reports she was charged this month with hate speech and one year ago was convicted of religiously aggravated harassment. Last year she was also banned from entering all mosques in England and Wales.
He’s twisting Matt Lauer’s firing into an attack on “fake news” while also implying MSNBC host Joe Scarborough is a murderer:
The fake news attack is usual Trump behavior. It’s tactless, inappropriate, and not at all presidential, but, nonetheless, expected. The subtle implication that Scarborough was somehow involved in the death of an intern is, however, fairly unexpected. The “unsolved mystery” Trump is referring to in the above tweet is presumably the tragic death of an intern working for Scarborough when he was a Florida Representative in 2001. Let’s be real, it’s not an unsolved mystery (Politifact labeled the claim “Pants on Fire”) and it is completely insensitive and traumatic to everyone involved for the President to be drudging up a young woman’s death.
He’s embarrassing himself with an empty chair stunt:
Before a scheduled meeting with Republican and Democratic congressional leaders to discuss the national budget, Trump tweeted he “didn’t see a deal” with “Chuck and Nancy.” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer responded by pulling out of the meeting. Of course, Trump wanted to make a show out of it, so he went ahead with the meeting and made sure the Democratic absence was felt. His solution: flank himself with empty chairs, leaving Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan out of the frame. He even set out little name tags with the minority leaders’ names (cute!).
He’s continuing his crusade against reality:
The New York Times published an article detailing the various conspiracy theories Trump has been spewing in private to senators and his aides. Apparently, he is insisting that the voice on the Access Hollywood recording is not his – even though he admitted it was in fact him in a public statement during his campaign. He’s also still adamant Obama’s birth certificate is fake and that he lost the election due to widespread voter fraud.
Also, let us never forget he respects turkeys more than women: