Trump’s Tweets

I got a bit worried over the past couple of days that some awful war was going to start. I wasn’t the only one who was getting worried. And in these days of fake news, how is one to know whether a war has started or not?

My solution: Read Donald Trump’s tweets.

Somebody Dirk wrote in the comments a few days ago that Trump can’t read. This is obviously untrue. What may be true, however, is that Trump doesn’t read much. I doubt that, come the end of the day, he climbs into bed with a mug of cocoa and carries on reading his John le Carré novel. Why should he, when he’s living in a John le Carré novel? Just this last Monday, neocon superhawk John Bolton became his latest National Security Advisor. Who writes this stuff? How much more fictional can you get?

Trump may not read much. But he writes lots. He writes every day. He posts up tweets on Twitter all the time.

Trump does what I do: he writes about what’s on his mind. He writes about what he’s thinking. He gets angry. He gets sad. I do too. And you can know what I’ve been thinking about and getting angry about because I’ll write about it.

But I’m a man of no importance. And Donald Trump is the President of the United States: the most powerful man in the world. And the most powerful man in the world posts tweets every day about what he’s thinking. Isn’t that remarkable! Isn’t that absolutely astonishing!

So yesterday I started reading Trump’s tweets. I wanted to know what Trump was thinking about. And yesterday he wasn’t thinking about Syria and Russia and WW3  (like I was). And so I figured that if he wasn’t thinking about it much, I shouldn’t either.

Donald Trump’s Twitter account is like a thermometer. It provides a daily reading – in fact several readings a day – of his temperature. If I was a world leader, I’d assign somebody to read every single one of Trump’s tweets, and analyse them closely.

Here are some of Trump’s Wednesday tweets:

Let’s analyse them. What’s he saying?

The first one says that any attack on Syria could be soon or not soon at all. And “not soon at all” might even be “never”. But the second two are about Russia. And he’s expressing regret that relations with Russia are so bad. He thinks there’s no reason for them to be that way. He wants nations to work together, not against each other. And then he goes on to pin the blame on the Mueller Russia Investigation. Is he wrong about that? It’s Mueller and the Democrats and the US MSM who’ve been screaming Russia! Russia! Russia! the whole damn time. Does that sound like someone who wants to go to war with anyone? No, it doesn’t.

Never mind QAnon whose cryptic posts get analysed by Jerome Corsi every day. Read Trump. Analyse Trump. There should be, by now, a whole academic discipline devoted to Trump tweets, complete with long dissertations about his choice of words.

I read somewhere recently that some of the generals surrounding Trump were trying to cut off his Twitter account. I can see why. How can you have the most powerful man in the world spilling the beans every day on what he’s thinking about? That’s an enormous hole in US national security, isn’t it? Maybe that’s why John Bolton has been brought in.

But I think Trump likes to tell people what he’s thinking. With a single tweet he can tell millions of people. No need for the MSM. He can go direct. And that’s what Trump’s base always likes about him: he says what he thinks. And he also writes what he thinks. Wouldn’t it be a good thing if a few other world leaders did the same? Then we’d have a little thermometer on Putin and Xi and Kim.

But not everyone writes about what they’re thinking. I’m one of the few people who do that. I’ve been doing it all my life. I find that putting things into words, with a pen, onto paper, somehow or other makes the thoughts more concrete. And it connects thoughts together. I write a journal every day, and I can read back through it and find what I’ve been thinking about, and what I thought about it. I can see where I changed my mind about something, or had a new idea – although this is increasingly difficult as my handwriting gets worse and worse (and my eyesight as well). And I do go back. Sometimes I want to know what I was thinking, because I can’t remember.

And I think that Trump’s tweets serve the same purpose as my journal. But they’re shorter and terser than my rambling journal. And more easily readable. And I can well imagine that they’ll all be published one day, with accompanying analyses and commentaries.

I think Trump’s tweets are a beacon of candour – of transparency – in a world where people are increasingly being disallowed from thinking anything and saying anything and writing anything that isn’t Politically Correct. Trump is a transparent man. He wears his heart on his sleeve. We see him warts and all. Everybody else is in disguise.

And I think Trump’s tweets are a sort of public service. They provide an important window onto someone working in public life. And perhaps his example is getting more people to do the same thing. Although I can imagine that a lot of people would find it very hard to write even a single tweet. Me, for example. I’m never that terse. I don’t do terse.

I’m the kind of guy who can write entire blog posts about tweets. i.e. I can write a helluva lot about a helluva little.

But I think you knew that already.

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23 Responses to Trump’s Tweets

  1. smokingscot says:

    Very sorry Frank, but this one’s a beauty. Blows into the weeds many myths. Young, pissed and just going with the flow. One bad ankle aside!

  2. Frank Davis says:

    Meanwhile, newly minted National Security Advisor John Bolton and Defense Secretary James Mattis have reportedly been clashing over the strategy in Syria, according to Senior Atlantic Council Fellow Kate Brannen….

    Exactly two weeks ago Mattis met Bolton – telling the bemoustached bringer-of-death “I heard you’re actually the devil incarnate, and I wanted to meet you.”

  3. Frank Davis says:

    The former UK Ambassador to Syria, Peter Ford, told BBC Radio Scotland regarding the alleged Douma chemical weapons attack:

    – The Syrian government is probably not guilty
    – The sources claiming there was a chemical weapons attack are pro-Islamist jihadi propaganda outlets
    – The incident was probably staged, and it is likely that no one actually died

  4. wobbler2012 says:

    Trump Tweets like a 14 year old child that has just discovered Twitter. There is a childlike quality to a lot of them.

  5. Tony says:

    Deputy PM Simeonov Suggests Partial Cancellation of the Total Ban on Smoking in Bulgaria

  6. Tony says:

    Off topic
    “Deputy PM Simeonov Suggests Partial Cancellation of the Total Ban on Smoking in Bulgaria”

    • smokingscot says:

      Interesting. Seems no one gives a flying fart about the smoking ban, so let’s change the law to reflect this.

      Sensible?… Maybe… It costs a very great deal to enforce a smoking ban, and here I’m NOT talking about money. All of us who smoke know exactly what I mean.

      Anyone with half a brain knows about the pubs and leisure facilities, but it takes an ear very close to the ground to join the dots with support for UKIP and Brexit. Maybe also Trump. Most certainly the coalition in Austria.

      So maybe the Wallah in Bulgaria, who says he loathes smoking, has more street smarts than many in politics.

  7. waltc says:

    9PM, Eastern Standard Time: it starts.

  8. Joe L. says:

    OT: Today, Alex Jones and his guest, Dr. Steve Pieczenik (a psychiatrist who formerly collaborated with the author Tom Clancy), fielded a call from a listener who believed Clancy’s death was suspicious and wanted to hear Pieczenik’s thoughts on the matter.

    After Pieczenik reassures the caller that Clancy died a “dignified and honorable death” (a strange non-answer, I thought), Alex Jones says, “I don’t want to get into his private life, but–I mean–didn’t he smoke a lot of cigarettes?” Then, Jones and Pieczenik spend ~2 minutes basically creating an antismoking public service announcement that Tobacco Control would be proud of (maybe one they paid for?).

    I learned that Jones claims to be an ex-smoker who quit “about 8 years ago” when his “3-year old daughter grabbed the cigarettes and threw it (sic) in the trash.” If that doesn’t sound like a cliché crock of shit, I don’t know what does. Pieczenik later claims, “they put ammonia into the nicotine so it’s addictive. It’s not just psychological.” What the fuck is he talking about? Just how does one “put ammonia into the nicotine”? And this guy’s supposedly a doctor? He’s exactly the type of useful idiot with an advanced degree who becomes thrust into the role of “world-renowned expert” on a subject he knows practically nothing about.

    For Jones, a supposed “conspiracy theorist” and “critical thinker,” he certainly appears to have fully swallowed the official narrative on the supposed harms of smoking. He is completely blinkered, absolutely refusing to question the pseudoscience whatsoever. I just can’t seem to wrap my head around why the subject of smoking is so damn taboo.

    The video below should start at the beginning of the phone call at 2:29:30. Watch until 2:33:08.

    • Rose says:

      From my amateur experiments, the ammonia comes out of the leaf during curing as the hanging leaf begins to turn yellow and starts to degrade, as vividly described by Harley.

      “If you’ve ever been near a 1 million pound curing barn the 3rd week hanging, the ammonia smell will run you away in tears!”

    • Frank Davis says:

      I’m not really very surprised. I saw one of the other Infowars anchors, David Knight, come out with similar antismoking sentiments a few weeks back. So I’ve been expecting to see Alex Jones himself come out with something like this for a long time. I wasn’t expecting it from Steve Pieczenik however.

      On the bright side, Pieczenik clearly spoke with great affection for Tom Clancy. And he clearly didn’t want to talk about smoking. And Alex Jones didn’t seem to want to either, really. But Infowars pushes all these health products – e.g. Brain Force, and Super Male Vitality – so you can hardly expect them to be pro-smoking.

      That said, Paul Joseph Watson, another new Infowars anchor (and Brit), does seem to be a smoker (judging by a few photos I’ve seen). Or was it a condition of employment that he stop smoking?

      I think they’re all rather conflicted about it.

      But I think, more and more, that antismoking is antiAmerican.

      And I left a comment to that effect on YouTube:

      I think I may do this more and more.

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  10. Dirk says:

    Frank, you wrote: “Somebody wrote in the comments a few days ago that Trump can’t read.”

    Be a gentleman, Frank, and mention my name. I am not SOMEBODY. I have been your follower for many years now.

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  12. Dirk says:

    President Donald Trump wanted James Comey to investigate the infamous “pee tape” allegations — to reassure Melania that he hadn’t actually paid Russian hookers to urinate on a hotel bed, the former FBI chief claims in his upcoming book.

    “He brought up what he called the ‘golden showers thing’ … adding that it bothered him if there was ‘even a one percent chance’ his wife, Melania, thought it was true,” Comey writes in “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership,” a copy of which was obtained by The Post.

    “He just rolled on, unprompted, explaining why it couldn’t possibly be true, ending by saying he was thinking of asking me to investigate the allegation to prove it was a lie. I said it was up to him.”

    The conversation took place during the same private dinner on Jan. 27, 2017, where Comey as claims the president demanded “loyalty” — and just days after the publication of an intelligence dossier alleging that the Kremlin had a tape of Trump paying prostitutes to perform the dirty deed on a bed once occupied by President Barack Obama.

    Comey says he warned Trump an investigation might “create a narrative that we were investigating him personally,” the former top G-man writes.

    The president replied that he “might be right” — but kept asking him to consider the idea, and said he would as well, according to Comey.

    Comey said he privately wondered why Melania might think there was even a 1 percent chance the allegations were true, claiming there is “zero chance” his own wife would believe such a claim.

    “In what kind of marriage, to what kind of man, does a spouse conclude there is only a 99 percent chance her husband didn’t do that?” he writes in the book, which hits shelves April 17.

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