Donald Trump’s Twitter fingers are reckless, tactless, and arguably the most undiplomatic aspect of any U.S. commander in chief’s time in office. Nevertheless, Trump continues to bully and engage in brazen attacks on the media and anyone who has the courage to stand up to or speak against him; this is especially true where the Russia investigation is concerned.
Even sadder? Washington lawmakers and Trump supporters enable Trump’s online insolence via their failure to hold him accountable in ways that truly matter. That may be about to end, though.
POLITICO reports that Special Counsel Mueller may just be able to use his position to quiet Trump’s social media rants. Per the usual, Trump’s own self-destructive actions may have set the tone for Mueller to argue that Trump is breaching investigative, prosecutorial, and other protocols.
Paul Rosenzweig, a former George W. Bush-era Homeland Security official states:
‘There is a reason why we have a norm against presidential interference in criminal investigations. President Trump is the living, breathing proof-case for that norm.’
Because he doesn’t seem to understand that his unstable behavior can and will be his demise, Trump continues to make statements that won’t fare well for him if and when Mueller decides to take steps to force Trump to be quiet. For example, Thursday Trump scoffed that he is “very unhappy” with the Justice Department. He also added:
‘The saddest thing is, because I am the president of the United States, I am not supposed to be involved with the Justice Department. I’m not supposed to be involved with the FBI. I’m not supposed to be doing the kind of things I would love to be doing and I am very frustrated by it. It’s very discouraging to me. I’ll be honest, I’m very unhappy with it, that the Justice Department isn’t going. . .maybe they are, but you know, as president — and I think you understand this — as a president you’re not supposed to be involved in that process.’
Ironically, Trump thinks the “saddest thing” is that he isn’t supposed to be involved because of his position. The fact that his need to not be involved is a result of the part of the American system of government that allows for checks and balances, aside, what may truly be sad is that Trump doesn’t realize he is building a great case against himself.
Nixon Watergate Prosecutor, Nick Akerman, says that it’s Trump’s meltdowns and lack of regard for expectations associated with his job that will allow Mueller to take the bold step of legally requiring Trump cease tweeting rants related to the Russia investigation. Since the Russia investigation is wide-reaching, an order hushing Trump would be as well.
‘This could be grounds for Mueller to obtain a gag order on Trump. It would be unprecedented, but he is interfering with the government’s right to a fair trial.’
Mueller getting a gag order may be “unprecedented,” but so is Trump’s increasingly unstable, unacceptable, divisive, and downright ignorant behavior in general, but especially on social media.
Mueller may be the first to regulate Trump’s Twitter usage, but many have openly criticized his online immaturity. An ABC piece outlining some of the ways in which Trump has used Twitter as his personal “bully pulpit,” is below: