In case you missed it, our Tweeter-in-Chief Donald Trump played victim again early Tuesday morning, posting another whiny complaint about the freedom of the press:
Fascinating to watch people writing books and major articles about me and yet they know nothing about me & have zero access. #FAKE NEWS!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 12, 2017
Yes, zero access. Except for your Twitter. Your Facebook. Your media interviews. Your weekly videos. All your books about yourself.
The irony is strong with this one.
Human punchline that you’ve become, Mr. Trump, you still are our so-called president. FYI: People write stuff about presidents. And pssst, presidents have books written about them all the time. If you didn’t know that this would happen, you’re an idiot.
I’m not sure exactly who or what Trump is referring to in his tweet, but I would venture to say he’s talking about the two new books written by his former presidential rival Hillary Clinton and NBC’s Katy Tur, who covered his campaign.
Trump trashed the release of Clinton’s book “What Happened,” which has been stealing headlines all week. In her 500-page tome, her fiercest words are for the man who defeated her.
“Attempting to define reality is a core feature of authoritarianism. This is what the Soviets did when they erased political dissidents from historical photos. This is what happens in George Orwell’s classic novel Nineteen Eighty-Four…For Trump, as with so much he does, it’s about simple dominance.”
His tweet could also be referring to Tur’s book “Unbelievable,” which offers her firsthand account of Trump and his ugly 2016 campaign. Throughout the pages, Tur writes about the rowdy Trump rallies, his supporters going after her family and threatening her life, and an unwelcome kiss before an MSNBC interview from the man as “orange as marmalade on toast.” She also documented his insulting tweets that called her a “3rd rate” and “dishonest” reporter for her coverage of his proposed Muslim ban, which must have truly burned him up inside to evoke such a reaction.
No matter what Trump calls “fake” news or lack of access, Hillary, Katy, and everyone but his voters know this sorry excuse of a man better than he thinks. He’s given us all full access by pulling down every stupid thought bubble from over his head and clumsily thumbing it into his phone.
The fact is, Trump is pretty transparent: If it’s not about him, he’s not interested. If it’s interesting, he makes it about him.
As The Washington Post reports:
Though personal access to political leaders invariably feeds and rounds out accurate and penetrating portrayals in the media, Trump has rendered it nearly obsolete. If you want to know his real thoughts on something, check his Twitter feed. If you want to know how self-centered he is, check his Twitter feed. If you want to know how little he knows about Obamacare, check his Twitter feed. Otherwise, watch him ad-lib his way through a news conference or an interview. There’s never a doubt as to what this fellow thinks; he just tells you.
Trump’s sordid history in public and in the courts is wide open. No one requires “access” because it’s all there, out in the open. Also: Google exists.
Of course people will be writing articles and books about Donald Trump. Just like 44 other officeholders who preceded him. If he didn’t know that — want that — he shouldn’t have run for the position.
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