Good morning! It’s the first day of a fresh new week in America. Let’s mosey on over to Twitter and see what the President of the United States has to say about our week ahead.
Oh. Well, that’s not going to go over well with Trump’s lawyers. Let’s see what else is happening in Trumpland...
Ah, I see. Well, the President is mad that the Muslim ban got “watered down.” Seems strange that he would continue pushing the case to the Supreme Court if he hates it that much.
I wonder what else is on the president’s mind this morning?
Yeesh. He’s really mad about this ban. I wonder if his next tweet will be about something else.
Nope. Still the ban. The courts are slow and political? Man, it’s almost as if the judicial branch was designed to be slow so that a deliberative body could be a rationally minded check on the executive’s powers.
It would probably be a safe bet to guess that Trump was watching MSNBC’s Morning Joe this morning. Here’s what was on at 6:04am ET, shortly before the president started tweeting at 6:25am Eastern time:
There’s a lot to parse in these tweets, especially since so many of them directly contradict what Trump’s own staff have said with regard to the ban. Sean Spicer has both disagreed with the use of the word “ban” to describe it, and has also repeatedly said that the president’s tweets speak for themselves.
Sean Spicer even insinuated last week that Trump meant to tweet the word “covfefe,” an obvious typo sent out into the world. He insisted that “a small group of people know exactly what he meant.”
We’ll see if the president’s staff tries to say that he doesn’t actually mean the word “ban” this time. Calling out that simple fact about confusion over the word seems to have set Trump off.
As if right on time, someone built a bot this past weekend to put Trump’s tweets into a format that’s more befitting of a president. Yes, the Twitter account RealPressSecBot turns Trump’s tweets into official White House statements, which is obviously the way in which they should be interpreted.
The bot definitely helps put things in perspective:
It’s going to be another long week, folks. Strap in.
Update, 7:41am: In what can only be described as perfect timing, White House spokesperson Kellyanne Conway just said this on the Today Show:
Update, 10:02am: You’re never going to believe this but he’s still going. And still watching TV, apparently.
And in what might be one of his most disgusting tweets to date, the president is doubling down on his mischaracterization of what the mayor of London said after the attack:
Trump is referring to this tweet where he said that the Mayor of London said “there’s no reason to be alarmed.” If you look at the mayor’s full statement, he actually said, “Londoners will see increased police presence today and over the course of the next few days. There’s no reason to be alarmed.”