Historical accident and man who just can’t help himself, Donald Trump, is hard at work being President – and you can tell by how much time he’s spent on Twitter today.
First thing Monday morning, Trump fired off a truly absurd series of 140-character insults aimed primarily at Richard Blumenthal and the The New York Times.
Blumenthal, Trump said, is a “Vietnam con artist” who has “lied and/or defrauded voters” more than anyone “in U.S. history” and is in the habit of “crying like a baby” and “begging for forgiveness like a child.”
As for the Times, Trump insists they’re still “failing.”
Well, fast forward to this afternoon and believe it or not (actually, we’re going to go ahead and assume that nothing surprises you anymore), he’s back on Twitter and he’s gunning for the Times again. Here’s the latest:
And he’s not done with Blumenthal either. To wit:
We are so far beyond the pale at this juncture that it’s difficult to know exactly what to say.
It’s also worth noting that over the weekend, around the same time he was retweeting James Woods and someone’s granddad, Trump was duped by a Twitter bot named “Nicole.”
We flagged that immediately:
Sure enough, it turns out “Nicole” wasn’t real.
Here’s Natasha Bertrand:
A Twitter account that tweeted support for President Donald Trump on Saturday was rewarded when Trump shared the compliment and replied, “Thank you Nicole!”
But observers quickly noticed something odd about “Nicole”: She didn’t seem to be real. And by Sunday night, the account was suspended.
The account, which joined Twitter in January with the purported name Nicole Mincey, branded Mincey as a “black pro-Trump conservative” who began a pro-Trump retail empire after becoming disillusioned by former President Barack Obama.
An ad published in the Daily Caller under the byline “PROTRUMP45,” the name of the merchandise store Nicole claimed to run, described Mincey as an “African American female from Camden, NJ” who “grew up in poverty” and is “a heartwarming reminder of how big the minority Republican movement really is.”
Mincey’s profile photo on Twitter, however — which was later republished by — appeared to be a cropped image of a T-shirt model.
And this is just par for the course.
This is how the alt-Right ecosystem works. It’s a self-referential, click-generating machine. In other words: it’s not real.
But one person who doesn’t realize this is Donald Trump – who probably still thinks he has a friend in “Nicole.”