Trump is trolling Americans on Twitter to distract from Mueller testifying debate: columnist
US President Donald Trump has a uniquely combative relationship with the media, which he denounces as "fake news," except in a handful of cases, including his favored Fox News network (AFP Photo/NICHOLAS KAMM)

On Monday, Washington Post columnist Karen Tumulty warned that President Donald Trump is trolling Americans.

"He continues to gin up new ones. But in addition to using them to stir his own base, Trump has become highly effective at fomenting preposterous scenarios that send his opposition into a conspiratorial frenzy," she wrote.

She said that Trump purposefully posts outrageous tweets to see what the reaction from people would be. She noted that Trump has learned how to swing the conversation and distract Americans from what is really important.

Over the weekend, the president tweeted that two years of his presidency were stolen as a result of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, which led people to believe that Trump would not honor the peaceful transition of power if not reelected in 2020.

Tumulty explained, "That is what happened in last year’s midterm elections, in decisive numbers, up and down the ballot. Our democratic process, which has survived threats far more serious than narcissistic bluster, worked as it was designed to do."

She added, "Trump has sent liberals into a panic over something that is not only a fantasy — there is no mechanism to add two years to a president’s term beyond a constitutional amendment — but a pointless distraction given that the election is still 18 months away. And all of this undermines trust in our institutions, which may be the biggest danger of all."

She then suggested that people should just ignore Trump.

"So I’d like to suggest trying something radical the next time Trump tweets something ridiculous: Ignore it. Don’t swing at everything he pitches over the plate," she said.

She went on to explain that Trump was trolling to distract from the aftermath of special counsel Robert Mueller's report.

"If the report is truly the exoneration that Trump claims it is, why doesn’t he want to let Mueller talk about it?" she wrote. "Trump is preparing to do something that is truly out of bounds. In other words, it is the perfect moment for him to throw up a big cloud of dust."

Read the full column here.