It’s no secret that Donald Trump loves Twitter. Like a petulant tween desperately using social media to get attention, Trump’s Twitter tantrums have become a daily embarrassment.
That said, one tweet he sent out on Thursday which was essentially harmless (and mostly overlooked) seems to prove that he’s an incompetent fool who really has no idea what he’s doing or what’s going on:
Five Most Wanted leaders of ISIS just captured!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 10, 2018
Great news, right? Five of the most wanted leaders of ISIS were just captured.
Except — they weren’t just captured.
They were captured several weeks ago but, as tends to happen with such operations, media outlets are just now finding out about it.
In fact, The New York Times reported on their capture a day before Trump’s tweet.
Think about that for a moment. The current “president” of the United States is announcing that five key ISIS leaders had been captured, not because he learned about it through intelligence briefings, or because he was aware of what was going on at the time of their capture — but because their apprehension was finally reported in the news.
I know this isn’t breaking news or anything most people reading this already didn’t know, but it’s still incredibly disconcerting to sit here and realize the fact that this “president,” despite having unlimited access to intelligence briefings and practically any other information he wants from a massive team of policy experts, gets most of his information the same way millions of Americans do: by watching cable news.
Furthermore, this could also be a sign that people in and around Trump, especially those tasked with highly-sensitive matters such as this, possibly aren’t reporting to him. Which might make sense considering we’ve seen reports detailing Trump’s lack of interest in reading daily intelligence reports or practically anything that’s longer than one page and not quickly summed up.
This tweet also seems to support stories dating back to well before he was elected where sources said that Trump effectively wanted to be “president in name only.” He wanted his vice president and everyone else to do all the real work — while he just wanted the title and the praise for anything positive.
Which is essentially what we’ve seen from a man who spends several hours every morning watching cable news and, as of May 6th, has visited one of his golf courses 112 times since being sworn into office just over a year ago.
The man who holds the most stressful, busy, and powerful job in the world watches more cable news and plays more golf than a random, retired 71-year-old with not much else to do — except watch cable news and play golf.
Is this seemingly innocuous tweet a big deal?
Well, under normal circumstances, yes, it should be.
If we had a normal president in the White House then it would definitely be more noteworthy that they seemed to learn of the news of the capture of five of ISIS’s leaders via cable news instead of an intelligence briefing. Especially considering how much golf they play and how many weekends they spend away from the White House.
But when you’re as terrible as Trump, stories like these are easily blown off and overlooked.
Though as I’ve said for a very long time now, we cannot allow Trump to desensitize us to significant scandals, comments, stories, and awful behavior simply because he’s so terrible.
I know it’s not easy considering the awfulness of Trump and his administration is practically non-stop, but we should all still care that, based on Trump’s tweet Thursday, it seems that this current “president” learned about a very important matter related to our national security, not from his terrorism or military experts — but from watching cable news.