Gearing up for what promises to be a manic week of self-victimizing and lashing out at political opponents, the president previewed his state of mind on Twitter with a whirlwind Sunday even by his new standards. (Since the beginning of his presidency, Trump’s tweeting has increased by 43 percent.) On Sunday, Trump sent off 46 messages on the platform, including retweets.
The most notable moment came when Trump tweeted a quote from Fox News contributor and megachurch pastor Robert Jeffress:
Trump left out a few words from Jeffress’s remark: “And I do want to make this prediction this morning: If the Democrats are successful in removing the president from office, I’m afraid it will cause a Civil War-like fracture in this nation from which this country will never heal.”
The tweet drew a rare rebuke from a fellow Republican. Representative Adam Kinzinger, a former Air Force veteran who served in both Iraq and Afghanistan, said the president’s tweet was “beyond repugnant.”
But that wasn’t the only alarming thing Trump tweeted on Sunday. He also suggested a meeting with the whistle-blower who reported the concerns over his call with the Ukrainian president, which led to an impeachment inquiry. The whistle-blower probably isn’t eager to meet Trump, as he threatened him with punishment fit for “treason” last week.
Next Trump demanded that House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff be investigated for treason as well:
The pettiest tweets involved an altercation on Fox News between hosts Ed Henry and Mark Levin. He retweeted a Harley guy with the handle “Joe” who said that Henry got his “ass handed to him” by Levin. He retweeted another person who said: “Mark Levin sure put that lying shit head Ed Henry in his place didn’t he?” It appears Trump had a search going for the morning segment, as he commented on the onscreen tiff between Levin and Henry some 22 times.
Briefly, Trump brought up Hillary Clinton’s “deleted and acid washed” emails; his allies’ flawed defenses on the Sunday shows; and the wrath of Evangelical Christians, who have never been “more angry over any issue than this attempt to illegitimately remove this President from office.” He also wished his Jewish followers a happy Rosh Hashanah.