If only Trump could kill his presidency with a tweet, the same way he appears to have killed his Muslim ban

The only tiny glimmer of hope we have as a civilization is that Trump is as incompetent as he is corrupt. Sure, the men and women of the intelligence community may eventually get to the bottom of the conspiracy that brought us to this point, assuming there are still Russians left alive for them to speak with, but, if today is any indication, I suspect it’s more likely that Trump will do himself in with a tweet, which, if you think about it, would probably be the most fitting way for him to exit the office of President.

In the aftermath of the most recent terrorist attack in London which left 7 dead and 48 wounded, our impulsive Commander In Chief, instead of just offering his condolences and the promise of support, took to Twitter to demean the Muslim Mayor of London, by mischaracterizing his comments, and then taking the opportunity to whip up support for his unconstitutional Muslim ban… But, in doing so, he seems to have overplayed his hand. In his tweets, Trump confirmed that his anti-Muslim legislation was, in fact, a “ban,” and not just a new protocol for “extreme vetting,” as members of his administration had been assuring us. And, in doing so, he seems to have royally fucked things up for Bannon and company.

That’s right. In just a few tweets, Trump completely undercut the legal case for the legislation he’d been pushing for. Whereas Sean Spicer and others had been careful in the past to say, “It’s not a travel ban,” our impetuous President backed himself into a corner by referring to the legislation repeatedly as a “ban” on Twitter, to the point where, today, he tweeted out, “I am calling it what we need and what it is, a TRAVEL BAN!” And, in doing so, he appears to have dug a hole he might not be able to get out of. The following comes from Politico.

Prominent Republican attorneys are staging what amounts to an unprecedented public intervention against President Donald Trump, warning that his tweeting habit was doing serious harm to his bid to preserve his travel ban policy at the Supreme Court—and could be inflicting more widespread damage on his administration’s ability to carry out his agenda…

Supreme Court litigators said Trump’s tweets were particularly damaging because the Justice Department has argued that the revised order Trump issued in March should be treated as distinct from his first effort and from his campaign trail rhetoric calling for a ban on all Muslims entering the U.S.

Government lawyers have also insisted that the second order was backed by a policy process involving Cabinet officials such as Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly.

However, Trump’s reference to political correctness seemed to fuel arguments that the alleged policy process was window dressing and the entire effort may have simply been intended to follow through on his calls for a Muslim ban.

“They’re trying to draw a sharp line between this order and his campaign statements that all Muslims should be barred,” said Walter Dellinger, who was an acting solicitor general under President Bill Clinton. “Trump has rendered moot the debate in the litigation over whether campaign statements should be inadmissible by incorporating by reference all those statements and turning them into presidential proclamations.”

Today, in hopes of nipping all of this in the bud, the White House put forward representatives to argue on television that, essentially, the President, at least when he’s on social media, doesn’t speak for the administration. But, as you might imagine, that didn’t really work all that well. In fact, it would appear that the internet is pushing back even harder. Earlier today, for instance, a new bot rolled out that, every five minutes, checks Trump’s Twitter account and turns his offhand, offensive and poorly-thought-out tweets into the accepted format for official presidential comments… Here’s an example.

And, yes, he apparently sees all of this hubbub over this “ban” tweets as an attempt on the part of the “fake news” to get him to shut down his social media presence. Personally, I hope he keeps it up… If his tweets can end the Muslim ban, then why not think they could also destroy his other initiatives, or, better yet, bring the whole thing crashing down?

Here’s hoping that, late one night, Trump summons the power of the orb, and crafts the perfect, career-ending tweet. As he said during the campaign, he could literally shoot someone to death and not lose any support, so it would have to be one hell of a tweet, but, given what we’ve seen lately, I suspect he’s up to the task.

Covfefe.

update: For what it’s worth, the Wall Street Journal agrees about Trump being his own worst enemy.

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6 Comments

  1. Michael Moore‏ by proxy
    Posted June 6, 2017 at 6:54 am | Permalink

    Since the London attack Sat night, an estimated 241 Americans have died via gunshot in the US. Not “BREAKING NEWS.”

  2. Lynne
    Posted June 6, 2017 at 8:04 am | Permalink

    Say what you want but his tweets are damaging our relationships with our allies and that might be a good thing. The USA has had waaaaaay too much international influence for far too long and having a moron president get those countries out of the habit of listening to us may be a good thing.

  3. site admin
    Posted June 6, 2017 at 9:13 am | Permalink

    See also:

    The Justice Department is fighting an attempt to force disclosure of a Trump campaign draft of the travel ban http://politi.co/2qTmfdm

  4. Rat
    Posted June 6, 2017 at 12:51 pm | Permalink

    Killing him softly, with his tweets.

  5. spicey
    Posted June 6, 2017 at 2:33 pm | Permalink

    Spicer: Trump’s tweets are “official statements by the President of the United States.”

    https://twitter.com/BraddJaffy/status/872167759056162816

  6. Iron Lung Larson
    Posted June 6, 2017 at 2:43 pm | Permalink

    Only a complete fucking idiot would still think that it was a good idea to keep this guy in the White House.

    Oh wait.

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