President Donald Trump has no public appointments on his schedule Monday, Veterans Day, and is not expected to even visit Arlington Cemetery to honor the troops today. But he is tweeting up a storm, and getting a good deal of pushback, including on his false claim that Florida’s ballots are “massively infected” as he demands the Sunshine State’s Senate and governor’s seats should just be handed to Republicans.
But another tweet is getting a lot of attention, especially for its curious wording.
Last week Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell coined a new phrase for what Democrats will be able to do now that they have won the House. Instead of calling the constitutional system of checks and balances “oversight,” the Kentucky Republican referred to it as “presidential harassment.”
One week later, Trump has now grabbed on to that phrase and is using it to defend himself – and change the viewpoint of his supporters.
“The prospect of Presidential Harassment by the Dems is causing the Stock Market big headaches!” Trump tweeted later Monday morning.
That’s false on every level.
“Stock-market analysts have attributed factors including the Fed’s interest-rate strategy and Trump’s own trade wars for the recent stock-market volatility,” MarketWatch, a respected financial news outlet, reports.
On social media, many were quick to correct and mock the president, including Business Insider’s founder:
No, Mr. President. What is causing the stock market “headaches” is rising interest rates, rising recession risk, your ballooning deficit, your trade war, and the end of your tax-cut crack hit. https://t.co/M6HJuGE1lw
— Henry Blodget (@hblodget) November 12, 2018
Oh, this one is rich. A very scared man.
How do you know it’s not the prospect of the president interfering in the FL election?
Or maybe it’s the same slump that’s been going on for months under your watch? https://t.co/o1FNYskRLz
— Michelangelo Signorile (@MSignorile) November 12, 2018
“Presidential Harassment” is the term he’s running with for oversight and accountability huh?
Buckle up buttercup. https://t.co/WlANhkHWHN
— Calvin (@calvinstowell) November 12, 2018
A man notorious for sexual assault shouldn’t be trying to make “Presidential Harassment” happen. https://t.co/HGfh8hQVeJ
— Mrs. Betty Bowers (@BettyBowers) November 12, 2018
You took possession of this economy long ago. https://t.co/ll283SraQG
— Bob Cesca (@bobcesca_go) November 12, 2018
We know the reasons for the correction that is just beginning. A negative earnings outlook, rising interest rates, global trade friction and supply chain disruptions. You affected ALL of that. Manipulating the market with a tweet like this is also illegal. #IMPEACH https://t.co/wxhhRTWxTj
— Darrell Long (@floopjack) November 12, 2018
“Presidential Harassment” = basic oversight of the executive branch https://t.co/vctxLq2osh
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) November 12, 2018
Trump has already begun blaming the Fed and Dems for the economic downturn that is coming on his watch / accelerated by his policies. https://t.co/wE2CgsY92X
— Ben Rhodes (@brhodes) November 12, 2018
We better hurry up and impeach you, then!
It will literally solve a millions problems at once. https://t.co/SH2a3rsNIz
— Wonkette (@Wonkette) November 12, 2018
‘Rather than leading — he lies’: MSNBC panel says Trump is a ‘danger to the country’ because he can’t be trusted
MSNBC commentators, former assistant US Attorney Maya Wiley and Rick Wilson, explained that President Donald Trump's most significant barrier is making it past his own lies to save America from the coronavirus.
"There's a case tonight being tested in Walton County, Florida. The heart of Trump country," said Wilson, referring to the panhandle county east of Pensacola. "That's not going to be something you can just walk away from if it turns out to be a real case. We're seeing these things popping up all over. The safe bet was always to say, 'This could be bad. We'll do everything we can to stop it.' But he can't stop himself from self-aggrandizing and lying about things. And it's actually -- setting aside my normal criticism of Trump -- this is a danger to the country that he is not a trustworthy person for the American people. Even people who like him now he BS's them all the time. Now, if he says it's not a problem and people are being hospitalized, it is a problem."
Trump ‘just wants this problem to go away’: President desperate to get coronavirus ‘off his plate’
President Donald Trump is desperate for the coronavirus problem to go away, and he doesn't exactly care how it happens.
According to New York Times reporter Annie Karni, sources are telling her that the biggest concern Trump has is more about the markets than the deaths of Americans from the virus.
"First, let's establish, this is a president who tried to change science with a Sharpie when it came to hurricane path prediction," said MSNBC host Brian Williams. "That picture lasts forever."
"Even his allies on Fox and his allies outside the White House were kind of channeling to that proverbial audience of one that this was a great opportunity to look presidential and to tell the facts," said Karni. The Donald Trump we saw out there in the briefing room was very casual, kind of left the facts to the other people that accompanied him out there. But he clearly publicly and privately just wants this problem to go away. He wants to downplay it. He thinks -- he has called people who are talking about fears about it alarmist. He doesn't want to be alarmist, and he's kind of holding on to any comment that makes it sound like this will naturally be a problem that is removed from his plate. That's what we saw publicly, and that's what he's been saying privately as well."
Seth Meyers: You know Trump isn’t the chief law enforcement officer because he couldn’t pass the physical
"Late Night" host Seth Meyers warned that the United States is sliding into authoritarianism under President Donald Trump.
Sounding the alarm Wednesday evening, Meyers cited reports that Trump was making lists of disloyal people, purging them from their jobs, hiring unqualified cronies in top posts, and claiming he has the right to interfere in criminal cases.
While speaking to the press last week, Trump even announced that he's allowed to be involved in all criminal cases because he's the chief law enforcement officer of the United States. It's actually a title used for the attorney general.