Donald Trump’s delusions of grandeur were dutifully fed by the people behind his 2020 campaign’s official Twitter feed today in a way that was either laughably pathetic or messianically appropriate, depending on your political persuasion.
Team Trump, as the campaign’s feed is labeled, was responding to the outpouring of skepticism that was generated by the official White House explanation for the president’s previously unannounced and unexpected visit to Walter Reed Army Medical Center on Saturday which White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham initially explained as a routine physical.
“Anticipating a very busy 2020, the president is taking advantage of a free weekend here in Washington, D.C., to begin portions of his routine annual physical exam at Walter Reed,” Grisham said on Saturday. She later said Trump “remains healthy and energetic without complaints, as demonstrated by his repeated vigorous rally performances in front of thousands of Americans several times a week.”
POTUS health. WH says Saturday trip to hospital was “routine” & he’s “fine” despite break from past practices. Here is glimpse of Pres Trump and what appears to be WH physician Sean Conley getting into motorcade. Watch. (h/t @WinstonNBC) pic.twitter.com/8ZynFF2ytQ
— Kelly O'Donnell (@KellyO) November 17, 2019
The president’s surprise hospital visit — not listed on the president’s official itinerary, months ahead of his annual physical — led to rampant speculation that it was some sort of stress-induced medical emergency for the president who has a history of dubious public medical disclosures or even a conspiracy setting up an excuse for a medically-motivated resignation. Naturally, his campaign sought to tamp down those rumors, though their strategy is questionable to say the least.
Team Trump — the Trump campaign’s official Twitter account — posted this nonsensical “X-ray,” jokingly purported to be from Trump’s Walter Reed visit, to make light of and distract from serious questions about the president’s health:
BREAKING: An X-Ray image has been released from President @realDonaldTrump’s visit to Walter Reed
— Team Trump (@TeamTrump) November 18, 2019
This is is just the latest ploy in the right wing media’s rush to crush the speculation with a campaign that portrayed the 73-year-old clinically obese president as a prime specimen of masculine energy and fitness.
Grisham went on Jeanine Pirro’s Fox News show to declare that Trump was as “healthy as can be” and had “more energy than anybody in the White House.”
Pirro replied with the predictably sycophantic doting of a cult member, saying, “You know, Stephanie, he’s almost superhuman. I don’t know how anyone can deal with what he’s dealing with. I get frustrated with what’s going on in Washington. I want to throw things at the television, but I don’t.”
Team Trump’s portrayal of Trump as an UberMensch was rightfully ridiculed in the comments section of their Twitter feed where the comparison of the facts being unearthed in the House impeachment inquiry to kryptonite was a frequent theme.
They sent y’all the wrong film. pic.twitter.com/az2BJtNgdw
— Scruffy Nerf Herder (@CTCullensArt) November 18, 2019
The fact that Superman is an immigrant without papers is lost on them
— Sirveaux1066 (@Sirveaux1066) November 18, 2019
This is more like it 🦇 pic.twitter.com/hUEwfqyN9k
— The Goddamn Batman (@GoddamnBatman39) November 18, 2019
While the Trump campaign fulfills the fantasies of the president’s dwindling number of supporters with their hagiographic radiology, the real fight for truth, justice, and the American way is taking place in Congress where this week’s slate of witnesses testifying in the House impeachment hearings will pose a threat not only to Trump’s physical and mental health once they tell the truth about the president’s involvement in the Ukraine bribery and extortion scandal, but to his continuation in office as well.
It is those brave and dedicated civil servants unwilling to lie on Trump’s behalf who are the real superheroes right now, fighting to rescue America from one of the biggest super-villains we’ve ever faced.
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Vinnie Longobardo is a 35-year veteran of the TV, mobile & internet industries, specializing in start-ups and the international media business. His passions are politics, music and art.