Trump’s First Weekend Tweets Screw up Math and Compare Himself to a Circus

He probably should just head to the golf course.

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The president of the United States is probably in a good mood. Last night in the Senate, a vote to call witnesses in Donald Trump’s impeachment trial failed, bringing him one step closer to acquittal. So on Saturday morning, in time-tested Trump fashion, he took to Twitter to share some thoughts with America.

Never one to shy away from bragging about himself, Trump tweeted that his poll numbers are the highest they’ve been since his election. (While they have spiked, this is false.)

He then referred to his rallies, which he claims are heavily attended but unnoticed by the media, as “The Greatest Show on Earth”…the tagline of the now-defunct Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey traveling circus. (Trump held two rallies in the past week in venues whose maximum capacity were roughly 7,000. Both garnered extensive coverage.)

Trump also praised Lou Dobbs, the right-wing television host of Lou Dobbs Tonight which airs on Fox Business News. Dobbs tweeted that his show has been #1 for 49 months in a row on “business TV.” According to Trump, it’s because he covers the president “fairly” and “objectively.”

Nevermind that Trump, the objectivity-lover, referred to himself in the third person as “America’s Greatest President”—he also failed to do some basic math. Dobbs’ rating’s coup predates the Trump presidency by a full year.

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Truth #1: The chaos is the point.

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Please take a moment to see how all these truths add up, because what happens in the weeks and months ahead will reverberate for at least a generation and we better be prepared.

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