President Donald Trump, on his Twitter account Tuesday morning, went on the attack, lambasting the media in a plethora of tweets for its portrayal of his administration in recent days and besmirching Democrats for going “totally insane” in their criticisms against him.
Trump’s attacks against the media went after the New York Times, CNN, and MSNBC. He also promoted media that’s been favorable to him, including Fox News and specifically “Fox & Friends” as being the “best of the political morning shows” on television. Meanwhile, Trump went on the offensive against MSNBC’s a.m. program “Morning Joe,” which the president acknowledged “helped get [him] elected in 2016.”
Trump suggested that media would have to apologize to him for their coverage, stating that newspapers like the New York Times would have to “get down on their knees & beg for forgiveness,” adding that “they are truly the Enemy of the People!”
Trump also attacked Democrats in his series of tweets on Tuesday, purporting that the party was working in tangent with news media to go after him. Their actions, which the president described as “insane,” only served to prove that “the Republican agenda is working,” Trump added.
However, recent polling seems to suggest that Trump and the “Republican agenda” is failing to win over the American populace. The president’s approval ratings, according to a Politico/Morning Consult poll released this morning, have never been worse.
Trump also derided other criticisms being made against him, suggesting that it was unprecedented for a president to face such vitriol during economic good times.
“In the ‘old days’ if you were President and you had a good economy, you were basically immune from criticism,” Trump wrote, citing former President Bill Clinton’s catchphrases. “Remember, ‘It’s the economy stupid.’ Today I have, as President, perhaps the greatest economy in history.”
Experts question whether Trump, who has made the same claim many times in the past, is indeed presiding over the greatest economy in American history. Student debt, small retirement funds for baby boomers, vast economic inequalities between rich and poor, and high housing costs were among many of the reasons cited by the Associated Press in an article last summer as to why Trump’s economy wasn’t as great as he said it was.
Also, other presidents have faced criticisms during periods of economic improvement or prosperity. During the late 1990s economic boom, Clinton was attacked for an extramarital affair and faced impeachment from Congressional Republicans, while Trump himself frequently attacked former President Barack Obama during the recovery from the Great Recession.
Later in the morning, Trump also took credit for accolades Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo gave him, as being the “best thing ever to happen to Twitter.”
“So true, but they don’t treat me well as a Republican. Very discriminatory, hard for people to sign on,” Trump complained, adding that he’d have a higher follower count if “Twitter wasn’t playing their political games.”
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