President Donald Trump has had a rough week. On Tuesday, he was criticized for posting a tweet mocking Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg. On Wednesday, he got caught up in a scandal involving a phone call he made to the president of Ukraine that has House Democrats calling for his impeachment. And today, he battled CNN, claiming they misrepresented a statement her made about Rep. Adam Schiff, D-CA.
“To show you how dishonest the LameStream Media is, I used the word Liddle', not Liddle in describing Corrupt Congressman Liddle' Adam Schiff. Low ratings @CNN purposely took the hyphen out and said I spelled the word little wrong. A small but never ending situation with CNN!”
The entire exchange has many scratching their heads as to what either “Liddle” and “Liddle’” means and whether or not the president knows the difference between an apostrophe and a hyphen. Trump’s anger at the media wasn’t limited to CNN though. Shortly after the tweet, he took on the New York Times over an article that was published last night with the headline, “In Ukraine Phone Call, Alarmed Aides Saw Trouble.”
To show you how dishonest the LameStream Media is, I used the word Liddle’, not Liddle, in discribing Corrupt Congressman Liddle’ Adam Schiff. Low ratings @CNN purposely took the hyphen out and said I spelled the word little wrong. A small but never ending situation with CNN!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 27, 2019
The story, by Peter Baker, analyzes the timeline of Trump’s exchange with the Ukrainian government and whether or not he was attempting to persuade them to investigate the Bidens. The piece includes unnamed “officials” who spoke to the author about how the White House tried to quash information about the July phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
In a tweet, Trump, wrote, “Obama loving (wrote Obama book) Peter Baker of the Failing New York Times, married to an even bigger Trump Hater than himself, should not even be allowed to write about me. Every story is a made up disaster with sources and leakers that don’t even exist. I had a simple and very nice call with the new President of Ukraine, it could not have been better or more honorable, and the Fake News Media and Democrats, working as a team, have fraudulently made it look bad. It wasn’t bad, it was very legal and very good. A continuing Witch Hunt!”
An hour later, Trump was back to Schiff again, discussing how he had kicked off a congressional hearing with Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire by reenacting Trump’s call with Zelensky, a move that had been criticized because it veered away from the actual facts of the case. Schiff responded to Trump, tweeting, "You engaged in a shakedown to get election dirt from a foreign country. And then you tried to cover it up. But you’re right about one thing — your words need no mockery. Your own words and deeds mock themselves."
If that perfect phone call with the President of Ukraine Isn’t considered appropriate, then no future President can EVER again speak to another foreign leader!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 27, 2019
In an ensuing series of tweets, Trump described Schiff as “a sick man,” defended his call with Zelensky as “a perfect call,” and suggested that the intelligence community whistleblower who filed a complaint about his exchange with Ukraine might be a “spy.”
Given that all of this has taken place on Twitter, many are wondering if the state of American politics is beyond repair. While the UK grapples with Brexit, the US grapples with the potential impeachment of a president, and the planet faces irreversible damage as a result of climate change, the powers that be are pondering whether it’s a hyphen or an apostrophe. It all seems a liddle absurd.