A quartet of early morning tweets Thursday once again showcase Trump’s rejection of reality, harmfully fragile ego and inability to form cogent (or grammatically correct) thoughts.

By Andrew J. Pridgen

In one hour Thursday morning president-elect Donald J. Trump participated in what has seemingly become a daily routine of mercilessly displaying his disqualifying characteristics.

He warmed up by attacking the free press, this time Vanity Fair’s editor Graydon Carter who has known/covered Trump for more than three decades, and is the man behind “short-fingered vulgarian.”

The tweet came after two VF stories skewered Trump Wednesday.

One was the definitely-worth-reading review of Trump’s New York City restaurant Trump Grill(e) by Tina Nguyen entitled “Trump Grill Could Be the Worst Restaurant in America,” and the other was a post about singer Jackie Evancho, who is reportedly going to perform at the inauguration. That piece was entitled, “Someone Has Finally Agreed to Perform at Donald Trump’s Inauguration.”

The latter headline is a reference to the fact that playing Trump’s inauguration is ranked somewhere between Altamont Revisited and a Holiday Inn Express breakfast bar as the next gig you want to book.

Vanity Fair kept it light with this response.

…And probably netted about 10k new subscribers before noon, including me.

Trump then moved on to the praise portion of the morning, giving kudos (for now) to a pair of media organizations which, in his eyes, gave him strokes this week. Guess he didn’t bother to read either article.

Then, in the this-mess-makes-no-sense-whatsoever category:

  1. He’s right, If he sells his stake in his companies and completely divests himself of his businesses interests, it would not be complex. Other things that aren’t complex: Releasing one’s tax returns when running for public office, not singling out any group based on race, religion or gender when running for public office, not retweeting white supremacists’ false information when running for public office.
  2. If he bothered to learn that a blind trust is a third-party, NOT one’s own children, that would also help to keep things on this side of complex.
  3. Trump had previously scheduled a press conference Wednesday to address the not-complex situation of his personal finances but canceled it and moved it to sometime next month. Instead, he met with Kanye. If he faced the press, just once, about these conflicts of interest and explained, using appropriate supporting evidence, why this isn’t complex, maybe that would engender some level of trust.
  4. Is he even planning on moving to the White House? The food must be better there than in Trump Tower, so maybe.

After some angry wiping, he polished the tweets off with the requisite spread of misinformation/showcase of how ill-equipped in temperament, memory and ability to believe facts with a missive about how Russian hacking influenced the presidential election. A draft version of his tweet that included a typo was deleted and re-sent later, so he even had a moment to reconsider before he posted/flushed…he decided not to:

Concerns about Russian hacking were raised before the election, often. Namely in every debate plus in October, federal intelligence agencies announced the intelligence community was “confident that the Russian Government directed the recent compromises of e-mails from US persons and institutions, including from US political organization. These thefts and disclosures are intended to interfere with the US election process.”

His assertions break with the intelligence community, a bipartisan group of senators who are seeking to investigate the hacking, president Obama and the current White House and basically everyone who’s ever worked for the CIA.

Albeit, there are lot of people selling alt-right/hate mugs on twitter who seem to agree with him, so that’s something.

Andrew J. Pridgen is the author ofBurgundy Upholstery Skywhich you should purchase for yourself and a friend this holiday season.

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