After a weekend in which President Trump found no legitimate allies willing to defend him for condoning white supremacists on TV, the president has taken to citing praise from faux people and long-time racists. (Tweets below.)
After his reprehensible response to the white supremacist carnage on August 12 that killed 32-year-old Heather Heyer and injured 19 others, Trump was forced to scrape the bottom of the barrel for surrogates. Jerry Falwell Jr., president of the notoriously racist Liberty University — which opposed Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and banned interracial dating for decades — was up to the task.
“President Donald Trump does not have a racist bone in his body,” said the man composed entirely of racist bones on Fox & Friends today.
Trump, who is known for getting much of his information from the weekly pseudo news show, triumphantly touted the praise:
Jerry Falwell of Liberty University was fantastic on @foxandfriends. The Fake News should listen to what he had to say. Thanks Jerry!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 21, 2017
He was just getting started.
In the same minute, an unidentified account that began tweeting this weekend and devoted itself entirely to full-throated praise of America’s dear leader, tweeted this:
Many made the case that the account is likely a bot, but it doesn’t really matter. With the country being torn apart by racial divisions and a growing nuclear threat, the president of the United States is spending his morning publicly patting himself on the back with the cheers of unidentified internet figments — even as he laments legitimate anonymous sources in negative news reports.
For all of Trump’s hypocrisy, whining, bigotry, and infantile tantrums, it does seem he’s managed to solve one problem. The president has managed to find the time to watch TV again.
Trump in July: "I have very little time for watching T.V."
Trump in August: Jerry Falwell "was fantastic on Fox and Friends." pic.twitter.com/vaFY0A9EBs
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) August 21, 2017
Sheila Norton is a writer with ten years of Capitol Hill experience. Subscribe to the OD Action email to get all the hottest news delivered right to your inbox every day at www.odaction.com