Donald Trump is known for single-handedly setting the news agenda in spite of his mainstream critics owning the whole news apparatus.
The U.S. president has thrown out a late tweet into the tweetosphere that has gotten the world’s attention and his opponents clambering for a resolution.
In the early hours of Wednesday Trump was up watching CNN and tweeting topics worthy of following day’s news.
Before falling asleep he had a flash of genius and tweeted: “Despite the constant negative press covfefe.“
Upon waking Trump asked people to clarify for him what the word ‘covfefe’ meant that he had tweeted earlier.
Hillary Clinton responded by saying it’s a “hidden message to the Russians.“
Trump’s number one satire show CNN thinks everything Trump does is a joke and recommends that he should seek advice against his will for the good of the country.
At 12:06 a.m. ET, President Trump tweeted:
By 6 a.m., that tweet had been deleted. Shortly after, Trump tweeted this: “Who can figure out the true meaning of “covfefe” ??? Enjoy!”
Who can figure out the true meaning of “covfefe” ??? Enjoy!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 31, 2017
To be clear: This is, on its face, dumb. Trump seemed to be trying to type “coverage” and misspelled it. As he often does. Then he fell asleep and didn’t correct the mistake until he got up in the morning. We’ve all been there! (OK, not all of us. But me.)
While spending time trying, as Trump suggested, to figure out what “covfefe” means is a waste, it’s far more worthwhile to take a big step back and look at the situation that leads to the President of the United States tweeting, poorly, at 12:06 a.m. about the bad press he gets.
What we have today — and, really, what we have had since the day Trump came into the White House — is a deeply isolated President who spends lots of time, particularly at night and in the early morning, watching TV and tweeting.
That lack of discipline reveals that there is simply no one who can tell Trump “no.” Or at least no one whom he will listen to.
That’s important. Especially now as speculation runs rampant that Trump is on the brink of a major staff overhaul and in the wake of communications director Mike Dubke resigning on Tuesday.
The animating idea behind many of these staff stories is how the people Trump brings in will affect how he acts and governs on a daily basis. That is a false premise. The simple fact is that no staffer exists on the planet who can tell Trump something he doesn’t want to hear and have him take it to heart.
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