Trump spent Friday morning ranting and raving on Twitter after Paul Manafort was sentenced to nearly four years in prison.
There he goes again.
The morning after Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort was sentenced to 47 months in prison for a slew of bank and tax fraud charges, Trump took to Twitter to try to defend himself from special counsel Robert Mueller's probe — which has already ensnared multiple members of Trump's inner circle.
And then his tweets devolved into ravings about the Mueller investigation that led to Manafort's downfall.
"PRESIDENTIAL HARASSMENT!" Trump screamed in all caps, his new favorite way to whine and deflect blame as top figures in his campaign get taken down one after the next by Mueller's investigation.
Trump then tweeted praise of Judge T.S. Ellis, who has come under fire for issuing a lenient sentence to Manafort.
Ellis, bizarrely, praised Manafort as someone who had lived an "otherwise blameless life." Yes, Manafort — the guy who not only earned millions working for violent dictators and defrauded the U.S. out of millions in taxes he owed, but also committed more crimes after being indicted and vowing to cooperate with Manafort's investigation. Manafort's own daughter even called her father's fortune "blood money."
Either way, Trump was happy that Ellis pointed out that Manafort's sentencing in this case did not pertain to Russian collusion.
"Both the Judge and the lawyer in the Paul Manafort case stated loudly and for the world to hear that there was NO COLLUSION with Russia," Trump tweeted. "But the Witch Hunt Hoax continues as you now add these statements to House & Senate Intelligence & Senator Burr. So bad for our Country!"
Of course, the judge didn't say there was no collusion. He simply pointed out that the current case he was sentencing Manafort for did not pertain to collusion. Those are two very different things, and Trump is parsing words to give himself a false sense of security.
For good measure, Trump went on to tweet about the U.S. economy, even after the February jobs report revealed that employers added just 20,000 jobs last month — a very weak number in comparison to previous months.
"'This is as good a time as I can remember to be an American Worker. We have the strongest economy in the world.'" Trump tweeted, quoting another Fox News host Stuart Varney. "So true!"
Awkward timing, to say the least.
Trump's day is filled with travel — first to Alabama, where he's traveling to survey tornado damage — before heading down to his gaudy Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, for the weekend.
Don't be shocked if you see more unhinged tweets.
Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.