Trump spent his weekend going after Democratic candidates on Twitter.
Trump had a very productive weekend — but only if tweeting attacks on his rivals and praise of Kim Jong Un constitutes productivity.
This weekend saw Trump for the first time going after Democratic candidates entering the presidential race. He attacked Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) in his usual fashion, by calling her "Pocahontas," but then he took it one step further, asking if she would run as "our first Native American presidential candidate" and then declared he'd see her "on the campaign TRAIL."
People rightly interpreted this as a reference to the Trail of Tears, where the United States drove Native Americans from their homes and onto reservations, killing thousands of people in the process. Fox News' Brit Hume was forced to come to Trump's defense by suggesting that Trump wasn't smart enough to know about the Trail of Tears.
Trump is going after Warren because she's a force to be reckoned with — and she has no problem going after him. During a recent visit to Iowa, she said, "By the time we get to 2020, Donald Trump may not even be president. In fact, he may not even be a free person." Good point.
On Sunday, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) officially announced her bid for president. She made her announcement outside during a relatively mild snowstorm. But because Trump willfully misunderstands the difference between weather and climate, he tweeted that he found her call to fight global warming problematic because she was "standing in a virtual blizzard of snow, ice, and freezing temperatures" and that "by the end of her speech she looked like a Snowman(woman)."
Klobuchar likely terrifies Trump as well, given how competently and calmly she handled Brett Kavanaugh's belligerent behavior during his confirmation hearing. Of course, she also won re-election in the 2018 midterms by 24 percentage points.
Trump also touched on some old Twitter favorites this weekend, including NO COLLUSION and insisting he is very popular. He also used his Twitter feed to praise a favorite strongman of his, declaring that Kim Jong Un will make North Korea an economic powerhouse and praised how capable he is. It's an odd appreciation for a leader who starves his people and has personally ordered the execution of hundreds.
Trump also Twitter-fixated on the fact that Sen. Richard Burr's (R-NC) comically limited investigation supposedly cleared him, which is no surprise, given that the House of Representatives has just said they're starting the Russia investigation all over again, not to mention all the other investigations they're undertaking.
So, Trump faces increased investigations and increased political competition. That doesn't bode well for a man who spends his weekends melting down any time the slightest thing doesn't go his way.
Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.