The Note: Trump builds case against himself with tweets

The Note: Trump builds case against himself with tweets

Overview

OV Staff

So now the president’s tweets don’t speak for themselves? Consequently, it appears no one actually speaks for the president, not even the president himself. Actually, it’s worse than that: President Trump is distracting from his own agenda, tying those representing him into verbal knots, and providing evidence that can be used against him in an obstruction of justice probe, all 140 characters at a time. The tweeting – bursts that come against the advice of advisers, lawyers and congressional allies – hurt the president’s own cause, in multiple directions, virtually every day. Take the simple declarative sentence offered by Jay Sekulow, one of Trump’s attorneys, Sunday: “The president has not been and is not under investigation.” That ignores two critical facts; that the president himself tweeted that he was under investigation, and that there’s no way to know for certain what the special counsel is investigating. Add a third: Every time Sekulow’s client tweets, the special counsel has another bit of evidence. Newt Gingrich said on “This Week” that the president tweets as he does because he has a “compulsion to counterattack.” That’s why it’s hard to think of an easier problem to solve that’s less likely to ever get fixed.