Presidential Twitter Insanity, January 9, 2018 – January 15, 2018

The presidential Twitter feed continues to be NOT NORMAL. To be specific, this week it was NOT NORMAL for the president to

  1. complain about an executive order being overturned by the Ninth Circuit;
  2. dub a Senator “Sneaky Dianne Feinstein”;
  3. charge that it was “possibly illegal” to release the transcript of testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee (spoiler alert: it wasn’t illegal);
  4. refer to the investigation into his campaign’s contacts with Russia as a “the single greatest Witch Hunt in American history”;
  5. repeatedly tag a cable news shows that run stories of which he apparently approves;
  6. tout the fact that 66% of Americans are happy with the economy and omit the fact that most Americans credit Obama for it;
  7. criticize the upcoming House vote to extend the FISA Act, even though members of his own administration had gone to Capitol Hill to lobby for it, and then walk back his criticism two hours later after a talk with the Speaker of the House;
  8. repeatedly complain about the Democrats’ immigration policy;
  9. claim that he was cancelling his trip to London because he was upset about the “Obama Administration having sold perhaps the best located and finest embassy in London for ‘peanuts'” when in fact he is most likely cancelling because of protests and the move of the U.S. embassy was planned by the Bush administration for security reasons;
  10. deny that he said “anything derogatory” about Haiti;
  11. use his Twitter feed to fight with the author of a book about his administration and the staff of the Wall Street Journal; and
  12. begin Martin Luther King Day with a long tweet quoting himself about immigration.

(However, I am encouraged in that I think he went a whole week without mentioning “Crooked Hillary.” Baby steps!)

Source: the Presidential Twitter feed. Scroll to the appropriate dates.

Senators Refer Author of Trump Dossier for Criminal Charges, January 5, 2018

It is NOT NORMAL for two Senators on the Judiciary Committee to refer a witness to the FBI for criminal charges without consulting with colleagues from the other party. This is particularly troubling because it, at a minimum, has the appearance of attempting to deflect from the investigation of collusion between Russia and the president’s campaign.

Update: With the release of the Fusion GPS testimony by a Senator from the minority party, this criminal referral looks even more craven.

Source: Politico, the Washington Post.

Refocusing of House Intelligence Committee Probe, December 31, 2017

It is NOT NORMAL for the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee to focus the committee’s attention away from the possibility that a foreign power is attempting to influence federal elections and onto phantom allegations of FBI “corruption” and yet another examination of the former Secretary of State’s email server. Surely a desire to protect the country’s electoral process should be bipartisan.

Source: the Washington Post.