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, yo… https://t.co/TRE4oYuHIE— Henry Blodget (@Henry Blodget)1542038244.0
Oh, this one is rich. A very scared man. How do you know it’s not the prospect of the president interfering in the… https://t.co/SjiI1yu9pN— Michelangelo Signorile (@Michelangelo Signorile)1542038217.0
"Presidential Harassment" is the term he's running with for oversight and accountability huh? Buckle up buttercup. https://t.co/WlANhkHWHN— Calvin (@Calvin)1542036923.0
A man notorious for sexual assault shouldn't be trying to make "Presidential Harassment" happen. https://t.co/HGfh8hQVeJ— Mrs. Betty Bowers (@Mrs. Betty Bowers)1542038674.0
You took possession of this economy long ago. https://t.co/ll283SraQG— Bob Cesca (@Bob Cesca)1542037574.0
We know the reasons for the correction that is just beginning. A negative earnings outlook, rising interest rates,… https://t.co/Z6ntF5EjGl— 𝔻𝕒𝕣𝕣𝕖𝕝𝕝 𝕃𝕠𝕟𝕘 (@𝔻𝕒𝕣𝕣𝕖𝕝𝕝 𝕃𝕠𝕟𝕘)1542041507.0
"Presidential Harassment" = basic oversight of the executive branch https://t.co/vctxLq2osh— Aaron Rupar (@Aaron Rupar)1542036968.0
Trump has already begun blaming the Fed and Dems for the economic downturn that is coming on his watch / accelerate… https://t.co/z7E0s4lXoc— Ben Rhodes (@Ben Rhodes)1542040905.0
We better hurry up and impeach you, then! It will literally solve a millions problems at once. https://t.co/SH2a3rsNIz— Wonkette (@Wonkette)1542040126.0
Roses are red
Rs are sad snowflakes https://t.co/zw0Vz0JtZr
— Fiddler (@cFidd) November 12, 2018