Quick. Someone remove FOX News from the president’s cable package, because if journalist Daniel Dale’s observations are accurate, the conservative news channel is the stimulus behind Trump’s latest Twitter rampage, and folks are worried it could prove fatal.
45’s “nuclear button” tweet, in which he haphazardly responded to Kim Jong-un’s New Year’s address (the leader claims to “always” have a nuclear button on his office desk), isn’t the first time the president has allowed his Twitter fingers to run rampant. But this instance in particular, in all its manic furor, has Americans’ blood pressures skyrocketing to infinity and beyond.
“North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the ‘Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times.’” Trump tweeted Tuesday night. “Will someone from his depleted and food-starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger and more powerful one than his, and my Button works!”
First of all, that’s not how it works. That’s not how any of this works. Second of all, so much for not having “much” time to watch television. Though Trump claims his TV fixation is a fable of the #FakeNews media, the calamity on his timeline displays otherwise.
Speaking of #FakeNews, Trump also announced his forthcoming “CORRUPT MEDIA AWARDS,” in which he’ll announce honors in Dishonesty, Bad Reporting, and “various categories from the Fake News Media.” We say he easily just earned himself the title of Troll of the Year.
Unfortunately, it seems we can only expect a lot more of Trump’s antics going into 2018. Despite multiple complaints from users stating the command-in-chef’s behavior constitutes as a violation of the social media platform’s terms of service, an automated message states: “We have reviewed your report carefully and found that there was no violation of the Twitter Rules against abusive behavior.”
Twitter confirmed with The Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday that Trump’s nuclear button tweet “does not violate its terms of service regarding abusive content.”
Three days, y’all. It’s only been three days.