The President of the United States just tweeted this a short while ago:
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 2, 2017
Yesterday, Trump addressed the people (mostly Republicans on Fox News) who are begging him to get off Twitter thusly:
My use of social media is not Presidential – it’s MODERN DAY PRESIDENTIAL. Make America Great Again!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 1, 2017
As if the problem were the use of a social media platform! Nope, the problem is not Twitter — it’s the deranged person controlling that particular Twitter account, who commands the world’s most fearsome arsenal and influences one of the planet’s largest economies.
The press response to the president posting a fake video showing himself beating up a news network will be telling. Not just CNN — all of them. It’s a wannabe strongman play, but I hope our media is up to the task of identifying it for what it is: profound weakness. Can’t say I’m confident they will handle this appropriately, but much depends on their response.