An initial attempt to simply catalogue the deceitful, race-baiting, unhinged Tweets and short speeches of Donald J. Trump in a 24-hour period over Easter weekend, I lost heart after this group demonstrating his madness, so settled for only a few from his diatribe. Here are a few pronouncements of Donald J. Trump on Easter weekend, during a 24-hour period:
Beginning with the traditional Easter egg hunt on The White House lawn, we have Trump’s inability to remember the name The White House: “this incredible house, or building, or whatever you want to call it,” before launching into full military aggression mode in front of little kids at the Easter egg hunt, “We will be stronger and bigger and better as a nation. We’re right on track…Our military is now at a level, will soon be at a level, that it’s never been before. It’s — you see what’s happening. and you see what’s happening with funding. The funding of our military was so important. And so many military people are with us today. So just think of $700 billion because that’s all going into our military this year.” And the children must have been excited about that expenditure.
Trump’s deceitful rant against media’s coverage of the connections between the Trump campaign and Russia on Twitter on EASTER: “The Fake News Networks, those that knowingly have a sick and biased AGENDA, are worried about the competition and quality of Sinclair Broadcast. The ‘Fakers’ at CNN, NBC, ABC & CBS have done so much dishonest reporting that they should only be allowed to get awards for fiction!”
“So funny to watch Fake News Networks, among the most dishonest groups of people I have ever dealt with, criticize Sinclair Broadcasting for being biased. Sinclair is far superior to CNN and even more Fake NBC, which is a total joke.” Sinclair Broadcasting has already been caught forcing stations to read propaganda all over the country.
Trump’s shameful, self-promotion in a Tweet regarding a fake contest he is running in his head against President Obama, the last duly elected President of the United States: “Thank you to Rasmussen for the honest polling. Just hit 50%, which is higher than Cheatin’ Obama at the same time in his Administration.” For the record, Rasmussen polls are nothing if not political biased and demonstrably unreliable.
Trump’s lies about DACA, Democrats, and immigrants, proudly showcasing his bigotry in another Easter Twitter rant: “The big Caravan of People from Honduras, now coming across Mexico and heading to our ‘Weak Laws’ Border, had better be stopped before it gets there. Cash cow NAFTA is in play, as is foreign aid to Honduras and the countries that allow this to happen. Congress MUST ACT NOW!”
The Trump administration followed that Tweet up the next morning with an announcement that 260,500 Salvadoran immigrants, who came after the 2001 earthquake in El Salvador, are being stripped of legal status.
Returning to one of his favorite hate-mongering themes, Trump tweeted, “Mexico is making a fortune on NAFTA…They have very strong border laws – ours are pathetic. With all of the money they make from the U.S., hopefully they will stop people from coming through their country and into ours, at least until Congress changes our immigration laws!”
“DACA is dead because the Democrats didn’t care or act, and now everyone wants to get onto the DACA bandwagon… No longer works. Must build Wall and secure our borders with proper Border legislation. Democrats want No Borders, hence drugs and crime!”
Trump scarcely left his attack on news media in fear of the reports about his administration’s corruption and connections to Putin both before, during, and after the presidential election: “…does not include the Fake Washington Post, which is used as a ‘lobbyist’ and should so REGISTER. If the P.O. ‘increased its parcel rates, Amazon’s shipping costs would rise by $2.6 Billion.’ This Post Office scam must stop. Amazon must pay real costs (and taxes) now!” This one is funny since Trump bragged about not paying any taxes on his businesses if not so dangerous to our economy, already causing the market to plummet.
Then, in an odd display of norms, “President Donald J. Trump Proclaims April 2, 2018, World Autism Awareness Day” which is intriguing since World Autism Day is a proclamation of the United Nations and has been since 2007.
But Trump quickly returned to hate-mongering form, tweeting: “…Congress must immediately pass Border Legislation, use Nuclear Option if necessary, to stop the massive inflow of Drugs and People. Border Patrol Agents (and ICE) are GREAT, but the weak Dem laws don’t allow them to do their job. Act now Congress, our country is being stolen!” Sufficiently riling up has angry “base,” Trump had done a day’s work and could finally rest for a few hours.
Unfortunately, none of the rest of us can rest after Trump’s dangerous rants and what they portend.
Nancy Avery Dafoe