…by Jonas E. Alexis
Donald Trump continues to deconstruct himself at an astronomical rate. He has recently called for the firing of a Washington Post reporter for a misleading tweet about the size of a crowd at a rally for Trump in Pensacola, Florida. Trump responded to the tweet by tweeting:
“@DaveWeigel @WashingtonPost put out a phony photo of an empty arena hours before I arrived @ the venue, w/ thousands of people outside, on their way in. Real photos now shown as I spoke. Packed house, many people unable to get in. Demand apology & retraction from FAKE NEWS WaPo!”
Dave Weigel apolozed, saying: “Sure thing: I apologize. I deleted the photo after @dmartosko told me I’d gotten it wrong. Was confused by the image of you walking in the bottom right corner. https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/939616077356642304 …It was a bad tweet on my personal account, not a story for Washington Post. I deleted it after like 20 minutes. Very fair to call me out. Everything I say on Twitter is a joke, except what I say about @swin24. https://twitter.com/sffrog25/status/939617709758836742 …”
Trump was still not satisfied. He moved on to say: “[email protected] of the Washington Post just admitted that his picture was a FAKE (fraud?) showing an almost empty arena last night for my speech in Pensacola when, in fact, he knew the arena was packed (as shown also on T.V.). FAKE NEWS, he should be fired.”
Trump’s logic here is pretty straightforward: if a person deliberately or unintentionally perpetuates fake news, he therefore should be fired. Dave Weigel should have accepted Trump’s interesting challenge here because the Twitter president produced one of the biggest fake news in American history a few months ago.
Last April, Trump launched a military attack in Syria because he got news from the Israeli regime which allegedly declared that Assad used chemical weapons on his own people. Did Trump present serious evidence showing that Assad was actually responsible for the attack? No. Did the Israelis provide incontrovertible facts? No. Here’s what Trump said then:
“Tonight, I ordered a targeted military strike on the air field in Syria from where the chemical attack was launched. It is in this vital national security of the United States to prevent and deter the spread and use of deadly chemical weapons.
“There can be no dispute that Syria used banned chemical weapons, violated its obligations under the Chemical Weapons Convention and ignored the urging of the UN Security Council. Years of previous attempts at changing Assad’s behavior have all failed and failed very dramatically.”
The Neocons, the Zionist media, and the Israeli regime were more than happy to embrace Donald Trump when he uttered those words. Keep in mind that Trump previously declared that he would stop perpetual wars in the Middle East and substituted instead “America First.”
Dave Weigel apologized for his blunder. Trump, who used millions of tax dollars to create terrorist cells in Syria, never apologized. Long before he became president, Trump tweeted ad infinitum that attacking Syria was a major mistake. He specifically tweeted on September 7, 2013:
“President Obama, do not attack Syria. There is no upside and tremendous downside. Save your ‘powder’ for another (and more important) day!”
June 16, 2013:
“We should stay the hell out of Syria, the “rebels” are just as bad as the current regime. WHAT WILL WE GET FOR OUR LIVES AND $ BILLIONS?ZERO.”
August 29, 2013:
“Remember, all these ‘freedom fighters’ in Syria want to fly planes into our buildings. @walaa_3ssaf No, dopey, I would not go into Syria, but if I did it would be by surprise and not blurted all over the media like fools.”
August 30, 2013:
“What will we get for bombing Syria besides more debt and a possible long term conflict? Obama needs Congressional approval.”
September 5, 2013:
“AGAIN, TO OUR VERY FOOLISH LEADER, DO NOT ATTACK SYRIA – IF YOU DO MANY VERY BAD THINGS WILL HAPPEN & FROM THAT FIGHT THE U.S. GETS NOTHING!”
September 6, 2013:
“Russia is sending a fleet of ships to the Mediterranean. Obama’s war in Syria has the potential to widen into a worldwide conflict.”
September 7, 2013:
“Many of the Syrian rebels are radical jihadi Islamists who are murdering Christians. Why would we ever fight with them?”
September 9, 2013:
“Don’t attack Syria – an attack that will bring nothing but trouble for the U.S. Focus on making our country strong and great again!”
September 11, 2013:
“Obama must now start focusing on OUR COUNTRY, jobs, healthcare and all of our many problems. Forget Syria and make America great again!”
September 13, 2013:
“We should stop talking, stay out of Syria and other countries that hate us, rebuild our own country and make it strong and great again-USA!”
September 13, 2014:
“The so-called ‘moderate’ Syrian rebels pledged their allegiance to ISIS after Obama’s address. We should not be arming them!”
September 20, 2014:
“Do you believe that Obama is giving weapons to “moderate rebels” in Syria. Isn’t sure who they are. What the hell is he doing. Will turn on us.”
Trump’s tweets about not attacking Syria and focusing on America first are endless. He is now acting like an idiot who hasn’t realized that his previous statements have been recorded.
So, should the American people hold this man accountable for what he has said? If Dave Weigel must be fired for tweeting about a rally, shouldn’t Trump be fired for sending decent American soldiers to die in the Middle for Israel? Shouldn’t he be fired for sending the bill to the average American as well?
 Chas Danner, “Trump Thinks People Should Be Fired for Misrepresenting the Truth on Twitter,” NY Magazine, December 9, 2017.
Jonas E. Alexis has degrees in mathematics and philosophy. He studied education at the graduate level. His main interests include U.S. foreign policy, the history of the Israel/Palestine conflict, and the history of ideas. He is the author of the new book, Kevin MacDonald’s Metaphysical Failure: A Philosophical, Historical, and Moral Critique of Evolutionary Psychology, Sociobiology, and Identity Politics. He teaches mathematics in South Korea.