It’s been more than a year since Donald Trump won the presidency, and Americans hoped his outrageous behavior on the campaign trail and over his favorite form of communication, the tweet, would give way to more “presidential,” somber behavior. Alas, the president seems to have stoked up on ham, collards and hubris over New Year’s and is tweeting like never before.
Now he’s again attacking “Crooked Hillary” and James Comey, the fired FBI director, over Clinton’s emails and other issues, and tweeting up a storm – which seems to be a transparent attempt to distract the nation from the probe of Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, one that seems to be focusing now on some of the people closest to the president. Most interesting is the president’s latest new phrase: “Deep State Justice Dept.,” apparently a hint that there’s something nefarious afoot in a department that reports to – the president.
Chief of Staff John Kelly has tried to dismiss concern over the president’s endless tweeting – Trump has also referenced his “nuclear button” and its superiority to that of North Korea’s Kim Jong-un – but he’s not going to be able to continue to muffle concern. Presidential words matter, whether delivered before a joint session of Congress or in the early morning over Twitter. It Trump doesn’t understand that, Kelly and others around him must.