It is NOT NORMAL for the president to insinuate on Twitter, after expressing surprise about the termination of a morning show host, that the president of NBC News might have something untoward in his “past.” Granted, given the current torrent of sexual harassment allegations, he might, but as of right now it appears the president is just trying to start a baseless rumor because he doesn’t like NBC’s coverage of him. It is also NOT NORMAL for the president to hint that an MSNBC host should be investigated for the death of an intern in 2001. (The death was due to an abnormal heart rhythm.)
Updated to add Joe Scarborough allegation, November 29, 2017.
Sources: the Presidential Twitter feed, the St. Augustine Record.
It is NOT NORMAL for the president to retweet anti-Muslim propaganda videos originally posted by a leader of a far-right Islamophobic political party in Britain. Nota bene: when one of the guys at Infowars publicly suggests you’ve gone too far, you are through the looking glass. It is further NOT NORMAL for the president to insult the prime minister of Britain via Twitter after her spokesperson criticized his de facto endorsement of the far-right Islamophobic political party.
Update: according to this website, the person in one of the videos who is described as a “Muslim migrant beat[ing] up Dutch boy on crutches” is neither Muslim nor a migrant. Fair warning: I can’t vouch for the reliability of the site, and it is also in Dutch so you will have to rely on Google Translate if you can’t read that language.
Update 2: The spokesman for the British prime minister says that “It is wrong for the president to have done this,” and it’s not embarrassing at all that one of our strongest allies just had to slap our president’s hands.
Update 3: The president’s endorsement of this propaganda has now been denounced by other leading figures in Britain, including the Archbishop of Canterbury. (I don’t know about you, but I am exhausted by all this winning.) Also, have added reference to the president’s tweet targeting the British prime minister.
Sources: the Presidential Twitter feed; the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Twitter feed; the Independent; the Telegraph; Paul Joseph Watson’s Twitter feed.