Donald Trump decided to sleep in on Sunday morning and take a break from the kind of egregious social media tirades that have plagued his presidency and undercut his agenda since the inauguration.
I’m just kidding.
He was up early and the first thing he did was tweet about “wacky Wilson”:
Again, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Literally everything “wacky Wilson” said turned out to be true and on top of that, video and transcripts of the 2015 speech that John Kelly claimed was an affront to fallen FBI agents revealed that in reality, the General actually lied about the Congresswoman during his Thursday press conference. You can watch the full video here, and I think you’ll agree that there is simply no other way to interpret it than as follows: Wilson talks about the building (which makes sense, because you know, it’s a dedication ceremony for a building) and then she proceeds to talk about the agents. That’s that. There’s just nothing there to criticize other than her style (which is kind of abrasive) and maybe that stupid-ass red hat. If that’s the route you want to go, well then we would concede those points, but somehow, we’re not sure style and hat choice are what’s in question in this ongoing feud.
Bottom line: if the “wacky Wilson” saga has been a “disaster” for anyone, it’s Donald Trump and John Kelly, who have now managed to create the impression that they’re trying to install a goddamn military dictatorship at 1600 Penn.
And he wasn’t done. Here he is claiming that the purported “fakeness” of the media is starting to “sink through” (which, apparently, is what you get when you plug “sink in” into a translator that turns “English” into”Trump”:
He’s referring to a Politico poll. Here are some excerpts from the piece they did:
Nearly half of voters, 46 percent, believe the news media fabricate news stories about President Donald Trump and his administration, according to a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll.
Just 37 percent of voters think the media do not fabricate stories, the poll shows, while the remaining 17 percent are undecided.
More than three-quarters of Republican voters, 76 percent, think the news media invent stories about Trump and his administration, compared with only 11 percent who don’t think so. Among Democrats, one-in-five think the media make up stories, but a 65 percent majority think they do not. Forty-four percent of independent voters think the media make up stories about Trump, and 31 percent think they do not.
That’s not exactly surprising although it is disheartening in terms of what it says about Republican voters because although there’s a readily apparent media bias against this President, more often than not, the negative coverage is supported not just by incontrovertible facts, but by things Trump has himself said in public, out loud, to people with working ears.
This is the Steve Bannon post-truth world: Trump has succeeded in making his base believe that the media is fake, even when the stories the media is writing are based on Trump’s own tweets.
When, you might ask, will it finally “sink through” for those folks? Well probably never, but when he’s impeached, that group of willfully ignorant Americans will face the ultimate existential threat to their own sanity: they’ll either have to accept that he’s no longer President, or pretend like he still is.
“The ratings will be tremendous.”