The scariest thing about Trump’s continued, and is some cases intensified, use of Twitter as a means of lashing out and spreading false information since being elected is that he actually believes he has been holding back. If this is the case, then just imagine what things would be like if his social media shackles were removed.
Trump was on the defense big time this morning when Matt Lauer took him to task on NBC’s “Today” show for his post-election promise to be more restrained, saying to Trump:
“You seemed to understand that perhaps having fights on Twitter would not be appropriate for the president. I have not seen you backing off fights on Twitter. In the time since you were elected, you’ve targeted the cast of Hamilton, The New York Times, China, Boeing, the media, and SNL.”
Lauer goes on to nail him with the question:
“Is this proving to be a habit that you are finding a difficult time breaking?”
Trump, on the defense from here on, replied:
“No, I think I am very restrained. And I talk about important things.”
He never brought up his tweet about his highly controversial and provocative call with the Taiwanese president, but did mention how it has been a great tool for him to voice his concerns about China:
“We talked about their devaluation. We talked about they are building this massive military fortress in the middle of the South China Sea, which they are not supposed to be doing, and other things.”
Trump defended his use of Twitter, arguing it is a modern form of communication. Lauer tried to jump in to point out that he his using the platform to pick fights with, but Trump just kept rolling:
“Between Facebook and Twitter, I have, I guess, 40 million people. And that’s a modern-day form of communication.
Of course, no Trump interview would be complete without a jab at the media:
“I get it out much faster than a press release. I get it out much more honestly than dealing with dishonest reporters because so many reporters are dishonest.”
Lauer then slammed him with the simply sublime suggestion, that perhaps the President-elect should just stop watching Saturday Night Live. Trump went on to criticize the show and Alec Baldwin’s impersonation of him as “terrible” and “mean spirited,” but just could not bring himself to promise not to watch the show… or tweet about it.
The truth is, if it wasn’t SNL, it would be something else. If you are curious just out of hand his own mean-spirited use of Twitter has become, New York Times have updated their list The 289 People, Places and Things Donald Trump Has Insulted on Twitter: A Complete List.
It is pretty clear that Trump’s “bad habit” has become an addiction, one that is not only hurting himself, but potentially the world. When an addict is unwilling to admit there is a problem, there comes a time when an intervention is in order. That time has passed. The only hope now is rehab. Hopefully at a facility on some remote island without Wi-Fi.
You can watch the “Today” interview with Trump here:
— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) December 7, 2016
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