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Trump Spent His First Day Getting Mad on Twitter

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

As you know, Trump spent his first weekend as president on vacation, but he apparently spent most of his very first day getting mad on Twitter.

According to the New York Times, two factions within the Trump regime tried to steer Trump on his first day in office and the faction that favored petulant rage won.

The lack of discipline troubled even senior members of Mr. Trump’s circle, some of whom had urged him not to indulge his simmering resentment at what he saw as unfair news coverage. Instead, Mr. Trump chose to listen to other aides who shared his outrage and desire to punch back. By the end of the weekend, he and his team were scrambling to get back on script.

The idea that they struggled to get "back on script" feels like a misnomer to me because there is no other script. This is it.

Trump is exactly the kind of person you think he is and the White House isn't going to change that. If anything, he'll get worse. His unparalleled narcissism cannot be satiated even by holding the highest office in the land. He desires to be worshiped.

  • muselet

    Kevin Drum quotes from a Politico article about Donald Trump’s reaction to (accurate) reporting about the relative sizes of the crowds at the inauguration and at the protests, and his behavior in general. Drum then comments:

    How astonishing is this? This is coming from a putative friend and supporter, who’s describing Trump exactly the way you’d describe a five-year-old. I hope you all liked the Downfall parody craze, because I have a feeling it’s going to make a comeback.

    And yesterday at Political Animal, Mike Lofgren did his best to explain why Sean Spicer screeched at the news media, coming up with two explanations.

    First, loyalty:

    Thus it may have been that Spicer, sleep-deprived and under pressure from the Trump Tower cabal over an issue that touched on Trump’s neurotic insecurity about his popularity, was metaphorically fitted with a vest full of dynamite and sent on a suicide mission. As a former Capitol Hill staffer with the acquired reflexes of what the German army called Kadavergehorsam (“corpse-like obedience”), Spicer would have dutifully complied and faced the tittering incredulity of the White House correspondents like a good soldier.

    And second, malign manipulation: Trump and Righty media are going to spend the next four years trying to gaslight the nation.

    Regardless, a Trump presidency is absolutely bloody terrifying. (And I am again quoting Beaumarchais—from Barber of Seville—a lot: “I laugh about everything for fear of crying.”)

    –alopecia

    • Dread_Pirate_Mathius

      And second, malign manipulation: Trump and Righty media are going to spend the next four years trying to gaslight the nation.

      At this point, I would like to invite you to review the Chinese parable of the goat and the horse.

      ——-

      A powerful man, seeking to gain more power, presents the emperor with a gift of a goat. He declares that it is a fine horse.

      He then watches as other powerful men respond. Some call out his BS and say “that is a horse, you fool.” Some sit silently. Some, seeking to curry favor, agree that the horse is indeed magnificent.

      The man watches all this. Then, later, has everyone who called it a horse executed. Because they have shown themselves to be too independent, too likely to oppose him. The man then seizes power unimpeded because all who would have opposed him are dead, having readily identified themselves to him beforehand.

      Moral of the story: What if the obvious lies are a convenient way of testing to see who will follow him blindly and who he needs to *ahem* get rid of.

      • muselet

        You’re giving Donald Trump and his inner circle too much credit.

        I hope.

        Besides, that sort of testing would be more effectively done in private, rather than blaring it out on Twitter and at angry press conferences and on the Sunday yak shows.

        Or maybe I’m not giving Donald Trump and his inner circle enough credit.

        –alopecia

        • Dread_Pirate_Mathius

          Omarosa Manigault, Trump surrogate: “But let me just tell you, Mr. Trump has a long memory and we’re keeping a list.”

          • muselet

            The Trump adminstration will be able to intimidate congressional Rs with the sort of wannabe alpha male crap Donald Trump specializes in, because they’re scared spitless of getting sideways with The Base.

            Journalists—assuming we don’t consider the hosts of the Sunday yak shows (they need access or it’s an hour of substance, and that is Not Allowed!)—not so much. I have a feeling good reporters would consider being on a Trump administration blacklist a badge of honor (I hope).

            –alopecia

      • Christopher Foxx

        I doubt the Trump cabal is that subtle. They haven’t demonstrated so far the ability to do anything other than fire bazookas. Sniper rifles aren’t something they can figure out.

        (And I think you jumbled something in your telling. “Some call out his BS and say “that is a horse goat, you fool.”” etc.)

        • Dread_Pirate_Mathius

          Some concerted googling has revealed that my memory from 20-ish years ago was a smidge faulty and it was, in fact, a deer.

          But to your point, given his “bazooka” approach, it would be very easy to make a list of reporters, politicians, and celebrities who oppose him.

          In fact…

          Omarosa Manigault, Trump surrogate: “But let me just tell you, Mr. Trump has a long memory and we’re keeping a list.”

  • ninjaf

    So, if you ever wonder who is going to win in the moments when you need to “speak truth to power,” look no further. Any truth spoken to power will be ignored in favor of the cheer leading squad validating his own feelings and pre-existing assumptions.

  • Username1016

    I would say that baiting him may be our best strategy, but we don’t even have to bait him — just keep on reporting objective reality and calling out his lies. He HATES that! So he makes a Twitter ass of himself over and over and over and over, and he’s eventually going to be SUCH a joke that the Republicans will have to pull the plug. (I know, I know, but still.)

  • Draxiar

    Has anyone else noted that trump supporters who comment on articles (I know, stay away from the comments section) about the factual press trump gets for current investigations or things he’s actually done and said never actually address the trespass being reported? they basically say, “You libtard snowflakes are just pissy because he won. Get used to it!” They never mention or vocally acknowledge the investigations concerning the espionage with Russia, the conflicts of interest between his businesses and his presidency, filling the swamp with numerous Goldman Sachs employees (don’t forget all the heat Clinton got for merely speaking at GS), to name a few glaring examples. They never seem to square that circle. They deflect citing that Hillary killed four people (despite all evidence to the contrary). It’s like they just can’t admit their guy fucked them.

    • Scopedog

      It’s like they just can’t admit their guy fucked them.

      Yep. And if they acknowledged this truth–and it is the truth–they would simply go mad. They do not want to know that they are being royally screwed; Trump and company are urinating in their eyes and claiming that it’s holy water.

      On the other side of the fence, you’ve got the unrepentant Bernie-Bros/Stein folks who are still bitching about Hillary and calling for action against the Democrats….because that’s going to, I don’t know, do something. What that “something” is is never mentioned.

      If the media is still waiting for a Trump pivot, they will have to wait for a long time. There will be no pivot, just like there was no pivot during the primaries and campaign. What you see with Trump is what you get–a loud, uncouth man-child who thinks his s**t doesn’t stink and is a full-blown narcissist. Which makes me wonder, yet again, why some sat around during the campaign blaring that there was no difference between him and Hillary, or that Hillary was worse (I’m looking at you, Susan Sarandon).

      • Draxiar

        A very close friend of mine posted on Facebook about the frustration he felt at seeing the political posts in his feed (mine was one of them). He basically said that if people posting the “end of the world bullshit” things didn’t understand that we’re all slaves to corporations regardless of who is in office then he has nothing to talk them about. I didn’t reply but I did give thought to a reply or what to say to someone boiling it all down to “both sides are the same”. To them I say that claiming both sides are the same is a lazy cop out. It means that they don’t want to do the hard work of forming a reasoned opinion about politics- regardless of their political slant. I have much more respect for someone that has a reasonable conservative opinion (ex. David Frum, Steve Schmidt, S.E. Cupp) than someone that dismisses it all with “both sides”. They at least have done the work of thinking about their position. I don’t always agree with them but I do respect them. Neither side gets it right all of the time and when they don’t they should get called on it. It bothers me a great deal that Republican have gone so far out of their tree that they’re a parody of what they ought to be. Both sides are the same, eh? Clearly they haven’t been paying attention nor are they informed enough to make such a claim.

        • Christopher Foxx

          They at least have done the work of thinking about their position. I don’t always agree with them but I do respect them.

          Agreed. I’ve often stated in comments here that I wish we had a better breed of conservative commenting instead of the mindless trolls we get. I like having a reasoned debate with someone who doesn’t agree with me and forces me to re-think my views. If they can make an argument compelling enough to get me to re-evaluate my opinion, god bless ’em.

        • Agree. The “both sides do it” people are trying to be cool and detached and above it all when really they’re lazy wankers who helped get us into this horrific mess.

          • I think the “both sides” nonsense is also about them proving that they’re smarter than everyone else because they can see all the corruption and the rest of us little people can’t. Same kind of attitude you get from many libertarians actually.

          • Bam! Exactly.

      • Georgie

        One of my favorite quotes:
        On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land
        will reach their heart’s desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by
        a downright moron. H. L. Mencken

    • muselet

      It’s politics as sport, with fans of the winning team taunting and trash-talking fans of the losing team. You hear the same sort of stuff at any kids’ soccer game from the parents on the sidelines.

      Being a sore winner is the new black, I guess.

      –alopecia

    • Christopher Foxx

      Has anyone else noted that trump supporters who comment on articles … about the factual press trump gets for current investigations or things he’s actually done and said never actually address the trespass being reported?

      Of course we notice. When something is that prevalent and consistent it’s hard to miss.

      And why would w expect any other kind of response? They have nothing. They know they have nothing. So they spout nothing.