Trump’s Twitter Tirade

The President of the United States is displeased.

Regular commenter Kylopod screenshot-ed an epic tantrum for the President of the United States over this morning’s rebuke from the United States Supreme Court. I’ve taken the liberty of reposting it below:

New OTB frontpager KingDaddy aptly describes it, “As close as an objective portrait for his unfitness for office as you’ll ever get.”

As we used to say in the olden days of blogging, Heh. Indeed.

FILED UNDER: Donald Trump, Law and the Courts, Social Media, Supreme Court
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Comments

  1. Jon says:

    I believe this is what is known as ‘taking it in stride.’

    No wait, the other thing.

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  2. KM says:

    “Unfit for office” by whose standards is what we really need to be contemplating.

    In a world of Karens, Florida Man and aggrieved idiots getting to blast their nonsense to the world instead of facedown at the bar, he’s an utter exemplar of their worldview’s standards. He’s everything they think a Big Man is – loudly protests “injustice”, demands the best even when they don’t deserve it, whines about being “mistreated” for existing and rambles on about how the worlds out to get them and it’s a CONSPIRACY!!! Donald Trump is the ur-Karen of our age.

    On my street, 3 houses have started flying Trump 2020 – No More Bullsh^t flags within the last week. They see this and choose it. To them, he’s fit for office and they want him to stay. What standard and who’s, indeed.

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  3. Daryl and his brother Darryl says:

    If any of what he says were true, he’d be justified.
    Unfortunately, for him, none of it is true. So we have a president who, on a daily basis, proves himself unfit for office.
    Always the victim. Never taking any responsibility.

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  4. sam says:

    On top of all that, the idiot is fraction-challenged:

    Donald J. Trump
    @realDonaldTrump
    ·
    4h
    For the 1/100th time, the reason we show so many Cases, compared to other countries that haven’t done nearly as well as we have, is that our TESTING is much bigger and better. We have tested 40,000,000 people. If we did 20,000,000 instead, Cases would be half, etc. NOT REPORTED!

    Question: Does he really think the act of testing creates an infection?

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  5. Michael Reynolds says:

    Cult45 doesn’t know it, but Trump knows he’s a criminal. He knows he committed felonies. And he’s seen his poll numbers. The GOP back room boys are writing him off. If he loses, he’ll be indicted, arrested, tried, convicted and sentenced.

    It’s a pity the records won’t be made public before the election, but that pales to insignificance compared to the fact that the Manhattan DA is getting his hands on hard evidence.

    How to escape? He/Pence can’t pardon their way out of this. He either has to negotiate an amnesty tied to resignation – awfully unlikely – or flee the country. He’s a cornered rat. Win or do time in a jumpsuit matching his spray tan. He lacks the skills or discipline to improve his odds of re-election.

    If I’m Trump I’m worried, in rough order, about 1) Prison, 2) The loss of his remaining wealth, 3) The humiliation of losing big, 4) Exposure as a non-billionaire fraud.

    What are my remedies? a) Victory – increasingly unlikely. b) A coup – he doesn’t have the support. c) Resign, have Pence pardon him of federal crimes and GTFO of the reach of US justice.

    If he doesn’t act pre-emptively we are very likely to see a defeated Trump screaming about election fraud, refusing to leave the WH as the FBI waits outside. And don’t neglect the possibility of him staging a götterdämmerung, pardoning everyone with a federal case, starting a war with Iran, NK or China. Trump doesn’t just believe l’etat, c’est moi, he believes the le monde entier, c’est moi.

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  6. Teve says:

    The Q anon idiots, of whom there are more than I would like to believe, are convinced that he is fighting a secret war against global child molesting cannibal elites. They’re waiting, any day now, for the mass arrests, trials, and executions. If Trump loses the election, then gets arrested and put in jail, what story will they tell themselves?

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  7. JohnSF says:

    @Teve:
    Who cares?
    🙂

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  8. Blue Galangal says:

    Stable genius.

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  9. Lounsbury says:

    @Michael Reynolds: I have an instinct that the delay in accessing is not per se a bad thing. The tension will derange and distract him further, the Anti-Trumpist in the US will continue to be motivated (and the Lefties in this not deflated by the inevitable not-fast-enough-for-election actions)…. and if there is a tidal wave, then the hard criminal court action will begin in a world where he has no cover.

    If there is a tidal wave, as if there is a tidal wave in November, he will have no friends. Not any more than Mussolini in 44.

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  10. Michael Reynolds says:

    @Lounsbury:
    A poll just came out today that has Trump ahead in Alaska by three, within the M.O.E. Alaska. He’s down by 4 in NC and 5 in PA. And he’s up by just 4 in Texas, barely outside the M.O.E.

    If there is a tidal wave, as if there is a tidal wave in November, he will have no friends. Not any more than Mussolini in 44.

    Yep. Unless something hard-to-conceive happens, and quickly, a year from now it will be as hard to find an admitted Trumpist in Washington as it was to find Nazis in post-war Berlin.

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  11. Daryl and his brother Darryl says:

    @Lounsbury:

    if there is a tidal wave in November, he will have no friends.

    After the latest Lincoln Project ad…I bet they start abandoning him sooner than that.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-vZp3FAQZvU
    E.g. Collins is down by 9 in Maine…I bet she abandons ship pretty soon. Butters is in the fight of his political life in SC…I bet he’s curled up in the fetal position trying to figure out what to do.

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  12. grumpy realist says:

    @Daryl and his brother Darryl: Serves both of them right–politicians without any integrity.

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  13. JohnMcC says:

    Someone needs to check the fire extinguishers in the Reichstag. Because I bet there is serious research going on at the WH into the powers a declaration of emergency would likely give them.

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  14. wr says:

    @Daryl and his brother Darryl: “Collins is down by 9 in Maine…I bet she abandons ship pretty soon”

    She’s got to know she’s stuck with him now. Anti-Trumpers are never going to forget what she’s done — by dumping him now all that happens is that she loses right-wing votes. All these senators had multiple chances to break with Trump when it mattered — they’re savvy enough to know they can’t fool anyone now.

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  15. Daryl and his brother Darryl says:

    @wr:

    they’re savvy enough to know they can’t fool anyone now.

    If they were savvy they would have never hitched their wagon to Trump in the first place. There was never more than one possible ending. And Collin’s still insists Justice Kegstand will uphold Roe. She’ll bail…just watch.

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  16. Joe says:

    @Daryl and his brother Darryl:
    When they say the ads write themselves, they were apparently always talking about anti-Trump 2020, like this. Daryl and his brother Darryl‘s ad is the third such entry I have seen today.

  17. JohnSF says:

    One reason Trump’s legal jeopardy is so important; it could damage his chances of a “Trump Media” play that could ensure enough base support to continue the “Trumpification” of the Republican Party.

    Some might argue that, insofar as it is likely to wreck the chances of Republican electoral recovery, that’s no loss.

    But I’d suggest that as there will be a center-right/right-of-center party in the US, a reconstructed Republican Party is likely to be a easier path than a wholly new movement.

    And an ongoing “Trumpublican” GOP is risky; even a marginal chance of President DonJr. or Ivanka is a nasty risk to run, or is e.g. “President Cotton” more likely to be the “heir to Trump”?

    Genuine question; what chances for Cotton as post-Trump bid for the Trumpy base?
    Also, could the Republican establishment purge the party of Trumpists if sufficiently motivated?

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  18. An Interested Party says:

    @Daryl and his brother Darryl: Oh that’s a good ad, but we don’t really need to know all their names as many of them will be gone come January…

    Genuine question; what chances for Cotton as post-Trump bid for the Trumpy base?

    Oh great, a real fascist as the head of the GOP, not just somebody who wants to be one like the current disaster…

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  19. An Interested Party says:

    What’s this? Apparently someone is mad with Lindsey…one of the best parts about the rats leaving the sinking ship is how they attack each other to get to the exits quicker…it’s a shame that Jaime Harrison probably doesn’t have a chance to beat this lickspittle…

  20. JohnSF says:

    @An Interested Party:
    Yep, Cotton worries me.
    A hardliner who’s prepared to put the hours in.

    That’s why i was hoping to have someone say “don’t be daft, it’ll never be Cotton and here’s why…”
    🙁

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  21. Scott F. says:

    @Michael Reynolds:

    What are my remedies? a) Victory – increasingly unlikely…

    I think today’s Twitter tantrum is in recognition that even Victory will no longer protect him from state level criminal charges. The tweets just reek of the desperation of a trapped animal.

    Trump drinks his own Kool-Aid, so I could imagine that he had convinced himself that if he could get reelected he could spend his second term filling the courts with GOP team players thereby protecting himself forever from indictment. (I wouldn’t be surprised that McConnell would be feeding him that idea.) Now, that perceived escape route is gone with his SCOTUS appointees turning on him to boot. He knows he’s screwed no matter what.

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  22. EddieInCA says:

    @Michael Reynolds:

    I posted that in the open thread. He’s within the MOE in ALASKA. Hillary lost it by 14 points in 2016.

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  23. Kathy says:

    @Michael Reynolds:

    If I’m Trump [..]

    If you were Trump, I’d feel sorrow and contempt mixed with pity and shame for you 🙂

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  24. Michael Reynolds says:

    @EddieInCA:
    Whoever had ‘blue wins Alaska’ could be in for a huge payoff.

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  25. Liberal Capitalist says:

    God, I love politics… I don’t do sports. Pretty well never cared for going to those mob scenes.

    But if I did, I think that the announcement for this time would be…

    It’s late in the 4th quarter, and a fourth down with the GOP on their own 2 yard line. Looks like most folks would set up for the kick and hope to get the ball once again before the clock winds down. But there is no kicker on the field!

    The GOP line is set for offense, with Pence at center and Trump insisting on being the QB (even though coaches have tried to pull him out of the game).

    And there’s the snap…

    BLITZ!

    The whole GOP front line just stepped aside and let the QB get sacked, and sacked HARD!!! The whole defensive line just piled on top.

    Looks like the cheerleaders are even walking off the field….

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  26. Mu Yixiao says:

    @Michael Reynolds:

    And don’t neglect the possibility of him staging a götterdämmerung, pardoning everyone with a federal case, starting a war with Iran, NK or China.

    That reminds me. I need to watch “Wag the Dog” again.

    Side note: If you haven’t watched “Irresistible” (new movie from John Stewart), I highly recommend it. I found it extra funny because of the Wisconsin jokes*, but it’s funny even if you don’t get them. And it’s got a great ending.

    *
    Guy at the bar: Ever been to Wisconsin before?
    DC insider: Well… Yeah… I spent a lot of time in Madison
    Everyone at the bar: So you haven’t. No he hasn’t.

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  27. JohnSF says:

    @Liberal Capitalist:
    Rugby fans would call it “a hospital pass”.

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  28. mattbernius says:

    @Daryl and his brother Darryl:

    After the latest Lincoln Project ad…I bet they start abandoning him sooner than that.

    They *might*… MIGHT think about it in September or maybe October. I cannot imagine anything before that no matter how bad he’s polling. It’s important to remember that the narrative from 2016 was that Trump’s campaign was dead at multiple times. Hell the access Hollywood tape was in October.

    The political calculus is simple, they know that if they defect and he gets reelected then they are in for a really crappy 2/6 years. And so, if an when they jump, they have to be SURE that he’s really going down (and also understanding that unless they are in a solid Red district/state, they’re going down as well).

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  29. CSK says:

    If we’re guessing at what it is in those returns that Trump’s so desperate to keep hidden, my guess would be that he’s worth nowhere near what he says he is.

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  30. JohnSF says:

    @mattbernius:
    Interesting article in Rolling Stone.
    Political calculus of some Republican campaign managers in marginal districts where you might think sheer prudence would incline them to distance from Trump:

    “No dissent is tolerated [with the base],” and “If my candidate is going to win, it’s going to be by 1 or 2 percent they can’t afford to lose any votes [on the pro-Trump flank].”

    If that plays out to the bitter end, the more polls shift against Trump the more candidates in competitive areas will be driven to trumpet 🙂 their MAGA fidelity and lose “swingable” votes.
    Feedback loop catastrophe.

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  31. DrDaveT says:

    @Mu Yixiao:

    Guy at the bar: Ever been to Wisconsin before?
    DC insider: Well… Yeah… I spent a lot of time in Madison
    Everyone at the bar: So you haven’t. No he hasn’t.

    Having grown up in the part of Illinois that thinks of Chicago as “a large city near Illinois”, I get this.

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  32. Kathy says:

    @JohnSF:

    “We had to destroy the party in order to save it.”

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  33. Kathy says:

    @mattbernius:

    In terms a Babylon 5 fan can easily comprehend, the GOP is in the step “We are all Trump,” but they are moving slowly towards “Trump has never been here.”

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  34. Michael Reynolds says:

    @Teve: GOP Senators won’t defect unless it becomes 100%, absolutely clear, that he can no longer hurt them. These are cowards of the lowest order. Not a spine among them.

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  35. Gustopher says:

    @Michael Reynolds: Mitt Romney has about half a spine.

    Yes, Multiple Choice Mitt has stronger convictions than the rest of his Republican colleagues, which is kind of amazing…

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  36. Mister Bluster says:

    @JohnSF:..Rugby fans would call it “a hospital pass”.

    Some where I heard that it takes leather balls to play rugby so I can’t imagine any Republican United States Senator getting on that pitch.

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  37. mattbernius says:

    Nice B5 cut as always, @Kathy.

    Honestly, its hard to imagine Trump is going much lower. I think everything is now pretty much baked in.

    That said, it feels like the Republicans are one Congressman/Senator scandal (a la one Mark Foley) away from a 2006 route.

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  38. An Interested Party says:

    Yes, Multiple Choice Mitt has stronger convictions than the rest of his Republican colleagues, which is kind of amazing…

    Of course that isn’t saying much considering they have no convictions at all other than being toadies to the person who should be convicted of multiple crimes…

  39. Kathy says:

    @mattbernius:

    Thanks.

    Here’s a tagline I used way back in the 90s:

    Sign at the Vorlon Tourist Office: We Have Never Been Here.

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  40. gVOR08 says:

    @Gustopher: Utah seems to have a lot of Mormon Republicans who aren’t big on Trump. Pandering to his unusual constituency should not be confused with a spine.

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  41. rachel says:

    @Michael Reynolds: It took decades before Traudle Junge published her account of Hitler’s last days in her memoirs. Boss Tweet’s own Untergang is going to come out in real time.

  42. Northerner says:

    @sam:

    Question: Does he really think the act of testing creates an infection?

    Well, sure. It’s a quantum effect. The act of testing collapses the infection wave-function, and so some people will become infected who would be in an indeterminate state if just left on their own. It’s well known that viruses behave like Schrodinger’s Cat thought experiment. Trump might sound like a complete tool, but not only does he play 12-dimensional chess, he’s an expert in quantum mechanics.

    More seriously, he’s working on the “ignorance is bliss” model. If no one is tested, then there are no official cases. People might die by the hundreds of thousands, but it’ll be of “undetermined causes”.

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  43. grumpy realist says:

    @Northerner: Ah, the “if we pretend it doesn’t exist, then we can fool the idiots.”

  44. de stijl says:

    @Northerner:

    If you don’t look you cannot know.

    I also like the lottery ad play on this. You can’t win if you don’t play.