People may have noticed that I haven’t had much to say lately about the state of politics in America. On some level, the reason for that is somewhat … well, it is what it is. What can I possibly do except read the headlines and the stories and shake my head.
But… Maybe this is the point.
As James Comey gets ready to testify on Thursday about all sorts of things, likely including conversations he had with President Trump, word comes down that our President will be “live-tweeting” while Comey testifies. Responding in real time to whatever Comey might have to say.
It’s not enough that he fired the man because he was upset about the Russia investigation. It’s not enough that he is upset that a special prosecutor was appointed to investigate the matter. It’s not enough that his Attorney General recused himself from the investigation because of his own meetings with Russians that he failed to disclose. No, the man — the President of the United States — has to live-tweet while Comey testifies.
While the President was off on his Middle East/European vacation, I read a story about how his advisors and White House staff were working on a plan that would allow attorneys to vet his tweets before he actually clicked the “Tweet” button. Apparently, that plan came to no avail. The last few days have seen an utterly astounding cavalcade of self-inflicted wounds via the ol’ Twitter.
And now, he wants to live-tweet Comey’s testimony. He’s the President of the United States. Shouldn’t he be involved in more important matters. Like, oh, golf. Or plundering his son’s non-profit for his own profit and gain. Or misquoting the London Mayor in his efforts to demonstrate solidarity with other victims of terrorism. Or, hell, grabbing women by their P%$#ies. Something, anything. Doesn’t he have a communications staff that is supposed to be able to respond to whatever Comey says? And all sorts of other spokespersons and representatives who can put his message out?
Can anybody see the problem with his plan? Can anybody see the likelihood that in live-tweeting Comey’s testimony, the chances are that he will tweet something that is even more damaging to his legal arguments regarding all of this.
Of course not.
He is Donald Trump. He can do no wrong.
Or maybe he has realized he doesn’t actually want to be President.
Can you imagine working for this man?