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
Trump is angry with Mick Mulvaney for contradicting him on motivation for Ukraine call: report
On Thursday, CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta reported that President Donald Trump is angry with White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney for claiming there was a quid pro quo attached to foreign aid for Ukraine, contingent on helping the president investigate Democrats:
Trump was not happy with Mulvaney’s performance in the briefing room today, I’m told.
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) October 18, 2019
‘Impeachment is no longer optional’: Columnist warns Trump is ‘spinning dangerously out of control’
On Thursday, Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson penned a dire warning that President Donald Trump's mental decline must be taken seriously, before his behavior causes damage that cannot be repaired.
"The most powerful office in the world is occupied — and being abused — by a man who is entirely unfit and is spinning dangerously out of control," wrote Robinson. "Everyone needs to stop pretending otherwise. And it’s all getting worse."
‘Mulvaney basically owns himself’: MSNBC’s Ari Melber on White House confession — and flip-flop
MSNBC chief legal correspondent Ari Melber on Thursday explained how acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney inadvertently owned himself during a press conference.
The host played a clip of Mulvaney speaking in the White House briefing room.
"Okay, let’s break this down. I’m show you exactly where Mulvaney basically owns himself, which is why since we’ve come on the air they put out a new statement walking this back. But what he said might be a much more accurate reflection of what happened than this new, lawyered statement. Listen closely to that key point from Mulvaney. Take a listen," he said, replaying part of the clip.