I think it’s important that, as we all attempt to maintain our sanity in the face of what has become a hopelessly schizophrenic news cycle, we don’t lose track of how truly cartoonish this Presidency has become.
I mean look, everyone knows that both Trump and his online surrogates are a standing joke. But as painful as it may be for those of us who know absurdity when we see it, it’s critical that we keep a running tally of how over-the-top ridiculous this circus is.
It’s tempting to just kind of throw up one’s hands and tune it out, but remember, there are still a whole lot of people out there who need to be continually reminded about how fucking crazy this has gotten.
To be sure, Trump’s support is dwindling – and even the laughable Rasmussen polls can’t hide it (a recent iteration carries the headline “Most Voters Say Trump Is His Own Worst Enemy”).
But again, there are people who wake up every, single day and embark on a mission to find web content the sole purpose of which is to deflect, distract, and/or otherwise sow doubt about whether this presidency is actually as crazy as it seems.
Incidentally, some of these sites are now beginning to buckle under the pressure of defending the indefensible, so they’re reverting to the old, stand-by: Russophilia, which, in its latest incarnation, includes the contention that Trump is being held hostage by a cabal of evil neocons hell-bent on keeping Moscow from taking things that “rightfully” belong to Russia – you know, “things” like Ukraine. You don’t have to look far to see this dynamic in action.
Well speaking of “web content the sole purpose of which is to deflect, distract, and/or otherwise sow doubt about whether this presidency is actually as crazy as it seems,” let’s take a quick tour of what’s appeared on Trump’s Twitter feed over the past 36 hours.
Again, do me a favor and just try to appreciate how unbelievably ridiculous this is.
So let’s start with Trump retweeting a picture of his Electoral College map – a map which was originally posted by this “man”:
That’s “Trumpism 3.0™”
Just in case you were thinking about using that handle for your own social media activities, do note the “trademark” there.
Here’s the retweet:
Now for one thing, there’s something exceptionally ironic about retweeting a map of something that happened 10 months ago and telling other people to “move on.” That is, who is it really that hasn’t “moved on” in this equation? Is it Democrats, or the guy tweeting the election map 10 months after the election and the President who retweets him?
But beyond that, let’s take a look at the other tweets that appear in the very same thread as the map Trump retweeted.
First there’s a picture of “Trumpism 3.0™”‘s iPhone wallpaper which features Trump’s Twitter avatar. What the image below appears to suggest is that when Thursday turned to Friday on inauguration day, Trump’s eyes began to glow yellow:
Then there’s this picture, which imagines Trump as a kind of aesthetically pleasing Rambo figure:
And then there’s a meme that suggests being a Democrat is a mental illness, and the funny thing about this one is that “Trumpism 3.0™” seems to think it’s pretty clever. Apparently, he’s oblivious to the fact that this is a meme that’s been around since the dawn of internet memes, and has been variously applied to everything from Democrats, to Republicans, to pretty much anything else you can possibly imagine that some netizen ever thought was bad:
Again, it’s important to remember that those were all in the very same thread as what Trump retweeted.
Next up (and these are in sequential order) is Trump describing his crowd in West Virginia.
The crowd size and enthusiasm were, and I quote, “beyond, GDP at 3%, wow!”
Exactly 2 hours and 2 minutes later we get Trump retweeting James Woods, which of course speaks for itself, but just in case it doesn’t, note that there’s something ironic about James Woods calling other people pathological:
21 minutes after that finds Trump retweeting the incomparable Judge Jeanine, who said this:
A couple of things there: by retweeting that, Trump is basically admitting that he thinks one of his family members might eventually be indicted. So what he’s doing is effectively reminding everyone that there will mayhem in America if one of his kids goes to jail. And he’s doing it via Twitter, in a retweet of someone (Judge Jeanine) who is even more of a joke than he is (assuming that’s possible).
Five minutes after that we get Trump retweeting this guy:
Who is John Stephenson, you ask?
Well, we don’t know. All we can surmise (based on his Twitter profile) is that he is “a grandfather,” “a professional,” and also a “pet nutrition expert.”
Next is this retweet:
Who is Paul? Who knows. All we know about “Paul” is that he uses Twitter and he is “a private citizen.”
“A private citizen” who has incredibly managed to rack up 508 followers as an anonymous Twitter egg in the short space of a month:
Finally, Trump changed his banner picture to what I guess in his mind is a Presidential meeting panorama, but what to any outside observer looks like a picture of Pence staring blankly at a wall, Rick Perry picking his nose, Ben Carson trying to pretend like he understands what the speaker is saying, and Trump putting on his best orange Mussolini face:
Keep in mind: this is just the “passive” activity on Trump’s Twitter account over the past 36 hours.
That is, none of that includes any actual tweets from Trump.
Again, don’t get so exasperated with this unfolding train wreck that you tune out the day-to-day lunacy.
If you do, you’re implicitly giving it a free pass but more importantly, you’re missing out on some of the best political comedy this country has ever seen.