Trump Spends His Long Weekend Ignoring Mass Shooting by Rehashing His Grudges and Golfing
September 3rd 2019
By Lisa Needham
On a long weekend filled with tragedy and solemn events, Trump spent it complaining and fuming on Twitter. He also got in a couple of rounds of golf.
Trump ostensibly stayed home from Poland to monitor the evolving situation with Hurricane Dorian. However, as that storm worsened into a massive Category 5 hurricane (it’s a Category 3 storm as of Tuesday morning), Trump turned his attention to the thing he cares most about: airing his personal grievances.
On Saturday, he started the day by subtly threatening his former assistant Madeleine Westerhout by reminding her she is under a “fully enforceable confidentiality agreement.” In case that threat wasn’t clear enough, he followed up by saying he is “currently suing various people for violating their confidentiality agreements” including “disgusting and foul mouthed Omarosa” and “numerous others also!”
Later on Saturday, he shifted his attention to former FBI Director James Comey, calling him a “CROOKED COP,” and, in a separate tweet, h called former CIA Director John Brennan “even dumber” than Comey. Indeed, Saturday saw tweet after tweet after tweet about Comey, even after the horrific mass shooting in Odessa, Texas, an event which Trump thought only warranted one tweet on Saturday, which noted Attorney General William Barr briefed him.
In the weirdest moment of the weekend, Trump decided to go after Debra Messing, the former star of NBC’s “Will and Grace.” Messing has been a staunch critic of Trump, a fact Trump apparently finds unfair because they were once on the same television network: “I grudge have not forgotten that when it was announced that I was going to do The Apprentice, and when it then became a big hit, helping NBC’s failed lineup greatly, @DebraMessing came up to me at an Upfront & profusely thanked me, even calling me ‘Sir.’ How times have changed!” Only in Trump’s cramped, narrow world would a brief exchange from his time as a reality television star be deemed relevant today.
Nearly every tweet that dealt with Hurricane Dorian were retweets from places like the National Hurricane Center or people like elected officials in states likely to be affected. One of the only tweets from Trump himself about the hurricane over the long weekend declared that, among other states, “Alabama will most likely be hit (much) harder than anticipated.” Alabama, however, was never in any danger at all from Dorian. The Birmingham branch of the National Weather Service scrambled to correct Trump, telling Alabama residents “no impacts from Hurricane Dorian will be felt across Alabama. The system will remain too far east.”
Trump also used his Twitter account to marvel at the size of Dorian, saying it was “one of the biggest and strongest (and really wide) that we have seen in decades.” Perhaps that happens because he repeatedly forgets that several Category 5 hurricanes have occurred since he took office.
Even though Trump sent nearly 100 tweets over the holiday weekend, he still found time to golf on both Saturday and Monday. Meanwhile, Hurricane Dorian battered the Bahamas and families grieved over yet another AR-15-fueled mass killing. Trump is truly a man who knows what really matters.
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