Most Americans hold the United Kingdom in a special place in their heart. That is a large part of why so many Americans are concerned about Brexit and Boris Johnson. It is often joked that the biggest barrier is the common language. However, the same word may have a different meaning on the other side of the pond. Curse words are the first to come to mind but I’m not going there. With that in mind I’d like to entertain you with an attempt at humor while still staying on a very important political topic. Let’s explore.
If you look up the word “twit” it is a noun of British origin that describes a silly or foolish person. Suggested synonyms are: fool, idiot, ass and halfwit. Kim Jung-un brought the word “dotard” back into the lexicon when describing Donald Trump. I’m playing on the name of the medium Trump used to communicate – Twitter.
Trump’s initial reaction to the Ukrainegate impeachment inquiries is to take to Twitter more often and even less rationally than usual. I’d like to comment about a few of his recent tweets today.
His most troubling was, “If the Democrats are successful in removing the President from office (which they will never be), it will cause a Civil War like fracture in this Nation from which our Country will never heal.” I’m not the grammar police so I won’t even get into that aspect.
What concerns me is that he is effectively asking his supporters –many of whom are unhinged but armed as we have seen – to take to violence. If he is so convinced that he will never be removed than why tweet about it? The Civil War was fought primarily over the great moral question of slavery; Donald Trump’s perhaps purloined presidency certainly doesn’t reach that level!
As he often is at his most deranged moments, Trump has been on a tweetstorm. I simply can’t cover them all but I’d like to present you with part of another series. “Like every American, I deserve to meet my accuser especially when this accuser, the so-called “Whistleblower,” represents a perfect conversation with a foreign leader in a totally inaccurate and fraudulent way. Then Schiff made up what I actually said by lying to Congress. I want Schiff questioned at the right level for Fraud & Treason. In addition, I want to meet not only my accuser who presented SECOND & THIRD HAND INFORMATION, but also the person who illegally gave this information, which was largely incorrect, to the “Whistleblower”. Was this SPYING on the U.S. President? Big Consequences!”
There is too much to unpack here but I’ll try and cover some of it. I’m sure Trump would love to have the whistleblower’s identity unveiled. Trump would have them fired in a heartbeat and that would only be the beginnings of their problems. As to the veracity of the information in the whistleblower’s complaint, Trump’s release of the “transcript” of the phone call verifies most of the content in it. I happened to watch the House Intelligence Committee’s hearing with Acting DNI Joseph Maguire during which Adam Schiff made the statements Trump is referring to. Schiff made it clear that he was characterizing, not directly quoting Trump. The use of the word “spying” would be laughable if this matter was not so important and if Trump’s remark wasn’t insulting to career professionals defending their country.
Trump and his minions know the call was far from perfect. Figuratively Trump got caught with his pants down on this one. Then he went and gave out convincing evidence against himself that corroborated the whistleblower’s claims. They are acting like an apprehended mobster whose only concern is to ascertain who called 911 so they can exact retribution and send a message to anyone else who might have damning information against them. Look at the whistleblower’s complaint as a tip to the police. That’s what it was until the investigators found it credible and Trump’s own actions proved it to be substantially correct.
The best comedy shows on TV in the past few days have been watching Rudy Giuliani, Jim Jordan, Lindsey Graham and Stephen Miller trying to defend Trump. Of course they have to compete with the broadcasts of Trump’s tweets. It is no wonder that Trump can’t get top notch attorneys to represent him; aside from the fact that he often doesn’t pay his legal bills, who wants a client that is a twit and won’t stay quiet?
If I said “Donald Trump is a twit” before the assembled in the British House of Commons the most likely reaction would be a spontaneous chorus of “Here, here!” from the assembled.
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