Donald Trump is Losing His Sh*t In Real Time Right Now (TWEETS)

Donald Trump is Losing His Sh*t In Real Time Right Now (TWEETS)

At the Risk of Sounding Like a Broken Record: This is Not Normal

Donald Trump went on a 24-hour twitter rampage and it did nothing but raise even more questions about his mental fitness to hold the office.  He pouts about not getting his wall. He gives a crash course in confirmation bias. The president even hints yet again that he won the popular vote. And this time, there’s even cause to wonder if a staffer actually took his device away before he could conclude his string of tweets.

He began by playing politics with health care Sunday morning…

Over an hour later (perhaps so it didn’t seem so obvious), Trump then threw a hissy fit over the declining prospects of his “Great Wall” becoming a reality…

It’s not just Democrats who don’t want money going to the border wall. Polls show that a substantial majority of Texans — the same Texans that overwhelmingly voted for Trump — thing the wall is an ineffective way to stop illegal immigration. Yet the White House is threatening to shut down the government if its not granted the money to build it. Trump is hinting that he will stop Affordable Care Act payments if he’s not given his precious wall money.

Mexico will not be paying for the wall, as he all but admits in the follow-up tweet. But sick people will, if the president has his way.

He Tweets About FAKE Polls, Except for the Parts He Likes

Suggesting that people will lose their health care if he doesn’t get his way on the border is low, but frankly, not surprising. Few would ever confuse Donald J. Trump with a man of compassion and moral integrity. His views on the media, likewise, don’t qualify as groundbreaking at this point. But his verbal gymnastics and attempts to cherry pick data from a series of polls is nothing short of delusional.

Four hours (coincidentally the same amount of time for an average round of golf) after his wall tweets, he got back on the horse (or, bird):

Let’s go right to the facts. The ABC/Washington Post poll wasn’t “wrong big” on the general election. Their final poll showed Hillary Clinton with a four point lead among likely voters, and a margin of error of 2.5%. Their last report before polls opened even mentioned that Clinton’s lead “does not reach statistical significance.” After all votes were counted, how close was the poll to predicting the outcome? Well within the margin, as they projected. Clinton had 48.2% of the popular vote, whereas Trump carried 46.1%.

It’s a well established fact that Clinton’s popular vote victory troubles Trump deeply. His constant claims of illegal votes costing him the popular vote even led to calls for a “major investigation”. But over five months since the election and after almost 100 days into his presidency, he’s still hung up on this. He’s clinging to a tidbit within the poll that shows a hypothetical rematch producing a 43-40 Trump victory.

Yet ABC warns:

That’s not because former Clinton supporters would now back Trump; only 2 percent of them say they’d do so, similar to the 1 percent of Trump voters who say they’d switch to Clinton. Instead, they’re more apt to say they’d vote for a third-party candidate or wouldn’t vote.

 

Rinse, Lather, Repeat

It was more of the same Monday morning. A little after 7 AM Eastern Standard Time, the president was still vacillating between whether or not the polls were fake or real:

This must be what he considers to be “Fake News“….

There’s no honeymoon for Donald Trump in a new ABC News/Washington Post poll, but also no regrets: He approaches his 100th day in office with the lowest approval rating at this point of any president in polls since 1945 –- yet 96 percent of those who supported him in November say they’d do it again today.

His challenges are considerable. Majorities say Trump lacks the judgment and the temperament it takes to serve effectively. Six in 10 doubt his honesty and trustworthiness, see him as out of touch and don’t think he understands the problems of people like them. Fifty-six percent say he hasn’t accomplished much in his first 100 days. And 55 percent say he doesn’t follow a consistent set of principles in setting policy (though fewer see this as a problem, 48 percent).

All told, 42 percent of Americans approve of Trump’s performance as president, while 53 percent disapprove. That compares to an average of 69-19 percent for past presidents at or near 100 days in office -– for example, 69-26 percent for Trump’s predecessor, Barack Obama.

 

So we’re clear – right? It’s “fake news” when a poll shows that a majority disapprove of you, think you haven’t accomplished anything and don’t find you trustworthy. But when the same exact data shows you winning an imaginary election and calls you a “strong leader”, that’s information that should be trumpeted.

Finally, the Strangest of Tweets…

Then this happened.

He replied to himself and started to ramble on about “the wall” again. Except he didn’t get around to finishing his thought. He just left an “If” dangling out there at the end of the posting. It makes one wonder if someone in the West Wing finally said “Enough” and ripped the mobile device out of his tiny hands.

If that was the case, that staffer should be commended for sparing us from watching one more second of this meltdown.

RELATED: Guess Which Government Trump Threatened To Shut Down Over The Wall?

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Ed Hanratty is a Reverb Press contributor and freelance political journalist. A lifelong New Jerseyan, he prides himself on having just enough Garden State sarcasm and skepticism to keep his bleeding heart in check. Keep up with Ed’s work and random ramblings on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the links below…but not Snapchat — that’s where he’s decided to draw the social media line. (For Now)

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