Trump is on an unhinged, lie-filled Twitter rant after admitting he'd illegally collude with foreign governments in 2020.
Trump is doing the only thing he knows how to try to clean up his admission that he'd illegally collude with hostile foreign powers to win reelection in 2020: firing off a series of unhinged and lie-filled tweets.
In fact, Trump's Twitter feed on Thursday morning is as insane as ever, as he tries to lie his way out of yet another mess.
Trump's tweets began before 7 a.m. Eastern, trying in vain to turn the focus away from him and back on Democrats, whom he falsely accused of trying to "embarrass" the Trump administration by holding members of the Cabinet in contempt instead of legislating. (At least, that's what this three-tweet thread seems to be about, though deciphering Trump is always an adventure.)
In fact, Democrats are moving to hold Trump officials such as Attorney General William Barr, former White House counsel Don McGahn, and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt because the three men have flagrantly ignored legally binding subpoenas that require them to hand over documents to Congress as part of legitimate oversight investigations.
From there, Trump whined about his possible impeachment — and in the process proved that he has absolutely zero idea about the impeachment process laid out by the Constitution.
He did so by tweeting an alleged quote from Alan Dershowitz, the former Harvard Law professor who has become a big Trump defender.
"'Congress cannot Impeach President Trump (did nothing wrong) because if they did they would be putting themselves above the law. The Constitution provides criteria for Impeachment - treason, bribery, high crimes & misdemeanors. Unless there is compelling evidence, Impeachment is not Constitutionally Permissable,' Alan Dershowitz, Constitutional Lawyer," Trump tweeted.
Actually, Congress can impeach a president for whatever it wants given that "high crimes and misdemeanors" can be whatever Congress deems them to be. Impeachment is a political process, not a legal one, and it's Congress' prerogative to decide when impeachment is warranted. If the public believes that Congress went too far in impeaching a president, then they have the chance to vote that Congress out in the next election.
From there, Trump's tweets got even more unhinged.
After wrongly claiming Democrats are "accomplishing nothing for the people" — when in fact the Democratic-led House has passed numerous policy bills on lowering prescription drug costs, protecting preexisting conditions, preventing criminals from obtaining guns, ensuring equality for LGBTQ people, and more — Trump then went on to again defend himself from his illegal collusion admission.
He tried to equate state visits with allied nations to getting illegal opposition research from foreign powers like Russia and China — and in the process wrongly called Prince Charles the "Prince of Whales," which he later corrected. (In fact, Charles is the prince of Wales, a country that's part of the United Kingdom, not whales, which are sea mammals.)
"I meet and talk to 'foreign governments' every day," Trump tweeted. "I just met with the Queen of England (U.K.), the Prince of Wales, the P.M. of the United Kingdom, the P.M. of Ireland, the President of France and the President of Poland. We talked about 'Everything!' Should I immediately call the FBI about these calls and meetings? How ridiculous! I would never be trusted again. With that being said, my full answer is rarely played by the Fake News Media. They purposely leave out the part that matters."
This is a completely apples and oranges situation. Having discussions with heads of state on a state visit is nothing like accepting stolen materials from hostile foreign governments.
But wait, there's more!
Trump then appeared to invent incidents in his head about Democratic lawmakers who are part of the House and Senate intelligence committees, which are investigating Russia's illegal involvement in the 2016 campaign.
Trump claimed that Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) "spoke at length, and in great detail, about extremely negative information on me, with a talented entertainer purporting to be a Russian Operative" — an accusation that confounded Warner's spokesperson, who tweeted, "this never happened. literally, i have NO idea what he's talking about."
Trying to fact-check all of Trump's tweets is truly an exhausting endeavor, given that he has told more than 10,000 lies while in office.
He's made these false claims again and again to try to cover for his admissions that he has no respect for the rule of law, and is totally OK with acting like a mobster rather than the leader of the free world.
It's exhausting, but the current reality.
Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.