As we do (almost) every weekend, we turn our attention to, sigh, Donald Trump’s weekend tweets. We are mainly doing this as historical record, at this point; when future history books write about the man’s clear unfitness for the office, due to a toxic combination of stupidity, dishonesty, corruption, narcissism, and probable cocaine usage, let nobody say there was no evidence at the time.

This is going to turn into one of those things like the Iraq War, no doubt, where a great many people who do not have columns in the New York Times are all pointing out the looming catastrophe in real time but it is only after every prediction is proven right that the important wags in the papers and in Congress begrudgingly start to admit that no, flagrant lying in service of plainly crooked ends was not merely a side note to the story, but the whole damn story. They will then congratulate their boldness in coming to this conclusion, while pretending there was no possible way anyone could have predicted that Trump was in up to his strangely puffy eyeballs in Russian conspiracies, and in-office bribe-seeking, and the remnants of the Republican Party will act concerned and surprised for exactly as long as it takes to convince dullards they’re very sorry for all of that, rinse, repeat.

But where were we—ah yes, Captain Suspected Substance Abuse and his regular weekend of Unsupervised Twitter Shouting Theater. What have you got for us, man whose family met Russian government cutouts after being promised secret Russian dirt on your American election opponent?


Rasmussen and others have my approval ratings at around 50%, which is higher than Obama, and yet the political pundits love saying my approval ratings are “somewhat low.†They know they are lying when they say it. Turn off the show – FAKE NEWS!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 11, 2018

This appears to be a lie, unless we’re counting 44% and below as “around” 50%. By this measure, Donald Trump’s net worth is “around” eleventy trillion dollars—which he will probably also claim, before the month is out.

But again: The constant drumbeat of a sitting president demonizing the very distribution of facts is not normal. It is beyond not normal; it is fascist. Whether he stumbled accidentally into the same rhetoric as the world’s worst authoritarians, dictators and kleptocrats or arrived their intentionally is irrelevant; the ruddy dotard is consistently, on a daily basis, seeking to undermine the core tenets of American democratic life and there’s not ten Republicans in the entire Congress who have expressed substantive displeasure with that.

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