I know what the big topic is on everyone’s mind right now, and believe me I cannot fathom how Brett Kavanaugh was still voted in after all the controversy around him.
But some tweets about his being voted in are what also caught my attention.
President Trump was in Kansas for another one of his rallies during the whole voting process and swear-in for Kavanaugh. But he made sure his Twitter prowess was at full display. He had the expected tweets of congratulating Kavanaugh and all that, but he, or his Twitter account, made a tweet about protestors that makes me question his historically noise-making and questionable account.
“The crowd in front of the U.S. Supreme Court is tiny, looks like about 200 people (and most are onlookers)- that wouldn’t even fill the first couple of rows of our Kansas rally, or any of our rallies for that matter! The Fake News Media tries to make it look sooo big, and it’s not!” Trump tweeted around 4:30 p.m. Saturday.
Now I am not any math expert, but NBC News reported Saturday that 164 people were arrested for “crowding, obstructing, or incommoding,” from early afternoon to the confirmation itself.
Even though I cannot compute beyond basic mathematical operations, I do know that 164 is well above the halfway point of 200. On top of that, Trump said most of the 200 people outside the Supreme Court were just onlookers.
So who is the liar?
It is the fake news media, right?
NBC also reported that Trump tweeted that some protestors were paid, and that, without evidence, there were some people out there in favor of Kavanaugh.
I just have to wonder, does Trump really make his own tweets? A lot of celebrities will have a social media manager, but it worries me to think his social media manager would be that crazy, too.
The New York Times and other publications reported on Trump’s social media manager in April, profiling Dan Scavino Jr. One of his Twitter accounts says he is still the director of social media, but no recent news on him.
He also sent congratulations to Kavanaugh on Saturday. But more to the point, Trump was not in Washington D.C. when he made the tweet about there being only a few protestors. That leaves three possibilities: Someone told Trump that number (or fed him that number), Trump had a live stream or live shot of the protestors (possible if he was watching a news channel), or he has a teleporter and went from Kansas to D.C. back to Kansas within minutes. The likely choice is that he was watching Fox, and thought he saw the only few protestors. The fact that he just wants to make irrational and non-fact-based tweets is of course scary.
I doubt he lets anyone, even his social media director, make tweets without him telling them what to say, so if that is the case, then it is even scarier that his followers are making these outrageous tweets without blinking.
Or, and again scary or maybe eve worse, Trump’s people are feeding him false information that they know he’ll like so they can then make a crazy tweet.
Like I said, Trump probably was watching a newscast of the protests, but it is possible one of his cronies gave him false information to collect his check from Trump.
Either way, or if it is both ways, the tweets coming from the president are a mystery. I just have to keep wondering if only he likes tweeting falsities or if his people help him.
Dillan Schorfheide is a junior journalism major. He can be reached at 581-2812 or at [email protected]edu.