Posted on October 27 2018
Mr Don’t Blame Me.
Mr. It’s not my Fault
It goes without saying that the Bomber is who sent the bombs. However to suggest that Donald Trump bares zero responsibility for the growing rage and hostility that has consumed our recent political discourse is equally complicit. Within minutes of Cesar Altieri Sayoc’s arrest, the Trump-Universe started distancing themselves. But I should remind you about the times Donald Trump has used his twitter account to go after media organizations like CNN:
By the way don’t tell me @realDonaldTrump words or @PressSec words don’t matter.— SpicyFiles (@SpicyFiles) October 24, 2018
They specifically ignored the bomb sent to CNN.
A cursory look at Trump’s twitter archive 482 tweets attacking @CNN @NBCNews @MSNBC
HIS WORDS MATTERhttps://t.co/AcBG7fU23x pic.twitter.com/ilbt6tgrsH
Sayoc Criminal Complaint
Like many, it is not lost on me that Donald Trump, his GOP House & Senate sycophants and the reckless Alt-Right news media organizations have engaged in a protracted attack on the FBI and Justice Department. The GOP, specifically Senator Ron Johnson went so far as to allege a conspiracy of a “secret society”, below is January 2018 Fox News Interview.
Sen Ron Johnson claims "informant" who has news about the FBI "Secret Society" working to overthrow President Trump. pic.twitter.com/QzGhXBEUYD— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) January 24, 2018
Again Donald Trump didn’t make or send these bombs, but to suggest Trump has zero or miminal culpability in this overt Domestic Terrorist attack. That is almost as dangerous as sending the bombs. Allowing Trump to slip the sunlight of accountability, undoubtedly this means he will continue to amplify his dangerous rhetoric and disregard for at least half of America. The disappointing aspect of where we are as a Country is, the last time I checked Trump is President of the United States for ALL Americans, not just his ever shrinking base.
As previously mentioned the Trump-GOP’s protracted intense smear campaign against the institution of the FBI and Department of Justice...it’s not right. If it were not for the thousands of hardworking men and women of the FBI, numerous Federal Law Enforcement Agencies (like the USPS Inspectors), the Joint Counterterrorism Task Force and strong State/Local Law Eenforcement collaboration. Everyday these brave men and women work to keep us safe at home and abroad. Yet Donald Trump & his GOP cronnies have spent the better part of twenty months impugning the Justice Department. In an example of how a robust and unhindered law enforcement relationship works can be found on pages 4 and 5 of the Sayoc Criminal Complaint:
While the Criminal Complaint offered new information, such as some bomb packages contained pictures of the targets with a “red X” but it was the latent fingerprint that gave law enforcement the break they needed, within a short amount of time they had a name and picture, as Sayoc was in both Federal and State Law Enforcement databases.
October 18, 2018 and October 20, 2018:— SpicyFiles (@SpicyFiles) October 26, 2018
De Niro Package,
and Biden Package-1
routed through the U.S. Postal Service’s Royal Palm Mail Processing Center in Opa-Locka, Florida
he was in the Fed & FL debase
Cited his Twitter account pic.twitter.com/TYgT89KAsQ
On page eleven, paragraph 26 (a) and (b) of the Sayoc Complaint, Law Enforcement Disclosure Sayoc’s prolific social media post.
Anyone who has spent any amount of time on Twitter knows it’s like thirty one flavors of dysfunctional dystopian cesspool. Time and time again Twitter consistently fails to clean up their platform. Twitter’s support applies their Community Terms of Service in a capricious and arbitrary manner.
Case in point Rochelle Ritchie’s receipts.
Hey @Twitter remember when I reported the guy who was making threats towards me after my appearance on @FoxNews and you guys sent back a bs response about how you didn’t find it that serious. Well guess what it’s the guy who has been sending #bombs to high profile politicians!!!! pic.twitter.com/xBY8FMbqnq— R O C H E L L E (@RochelleRitchie) October 26, 2018
A mistake according to Twitter:
Accordingly and yet predictably Twitter’s late night (rare) mea culpa was about as genuine as Trump’s non-apology. The only time I can recall Trump ever apologizing is after the Access Hollywood Tape and the Kavanaugh debacle.
According to Twitter:
A “mistake” we didn’t suspend the account that tweeted nonstop bomb threats nor did we flag that account/tweets and send it to law enforcement. Opps our bad.
A “mistake: is Russian IRA accounts, we first told users it was only 22 accounts. After Congress gave us a good old fashion tongue lashing, we then disclosed maybe it was a few hundred. Then the mean lawmakers in Congress hauled us back in and got up in our grill so we upped that number to 2,000ish accounts and then the FTC said Dear Twitter remember the 20 year consent decree. Twitter then was like, what are bots...and then of course Twitter was like, oh our bad even then the HPSCI minority was like, no Twitter this isn’t a mistake so they released the twitter ads placed on their platform.
A “mistake” is sorry we, Twitter didn’t suspend the accounts that have continued to engage in doxing, posted pictures of your children, threatened your friends/family and have engaged in a 16+ month cyber harassment & staking. Opps our bad
A “mistake” is, we the awesome sauce folks at Twitter “evaluated the reported tweets and found no violation of terms of service”, even though the reported tweets included numerous death threats, threats of gang rape, threats of harm to your family, with their names and none of whom are actually on twitter. Opps our bad but Spicy you better not tweet the F word otherwise you’re going to Twitter jail.
Yes I can see how ALL of that is just a reasonable “mistake”. NOT.
An update. We made a mistake when Rochelle Ritchie first alerted us to the threat made against her. The Tweet clearly violated our rules and should have been removed. We are deeply sorry for that error.— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) October 27, 2018
Frankly between Twitter’s platform being overrun by bots, accounts engaging in actual information warfare, documented actual measures...many users like myself have become desensitized by the cesspool Jack Dorsey and the other Senior Executives at Twitter repeatedly refuse to clean up their messy-boots yard.
You would think that after the first, second or third indictment Twitter would understand the responsibility of properly and fairly policing its own platform. Maybe institute system wide changes? Maybe acknowledge that Twitter is completely reactive and they have done very little to be proactive in dissuading users from hi-jacking their platform. That said like other users, I find reporting offending tweets and twitter accounts to Twitter Support or Twitter Safety a total exercise in futility. Below is a real-time example of the aforementioned grievances. This twitter user @jjtallman was “suspended” shortly after 11PM last night. Only to be reinstated by Twitter earlier this morning. No kidding as of writing this blog that @jjtallman is tweeting nonsense and more threats.
Are YOU kidding me?— SpicyFiles (@SpicyFiles) October 27, 2018
This account which tweeted bombs, guns, homophobic memes I reported all 87 tweets over a 30 hour period & you emailed me say NO VIOLATION of TOS
But if I tweet the F word you lock my account for 24 hours
UNREAL do better https://t.co/pIWK0tPqtt
Which should make other Twitter users wonder: if you follow the rules, you follow the process, only to receive the (predictable) “we found no violation of terms of service” and then publize said “determination” to wit Twitter almost immediately suspends the offending account. Only to discover a few hours later said account is back online. That would clearly indicate that someone in Twitter Support and/or Twitter Safety intervened. So the question is why and who intervened?
Trump’s weaponization of Twitter
Because nothing says I’m Presidential like threatening a hostile and unpredictable North Korea with a “bigger & more powerful nuclear button”
North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the “Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times.” Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 3, 2018
And surely being Presidential means you call the woman you had unprotected sex with, after your wife had just given birth, “horseface” which is ironic given according to her you were all bear-backing that while cheating on your wife. For the record there is nothing remotely attractive about Trump, at all.
“Federal Judge throws out Stormy Danials lawsuit versus Trump. Trump is entitled to full legal fees.” @FoxNews Great, now I can go after Horseface and her 3rd rate lawyer in the Great State of Texas. She will confirm the letter she signed! She knows nothing about me, a total con!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 16, 2018
Fake News = 325 tweets
Since December 10 2016 to present, Donald Trump has tweeted: fake news || fakenews || fake media a total of 325 unique tweets, it’s been 686 days, which means on average he has tweeted Fake News .437 per day, netting 3.316 tweets about fake news per week. You can review each individual tweets via his archived twitter link found here.
Reports by @CNN that I will be working on The Apprentice during my Presidency, even part time, are ridiculous & untrue - FAKE NEWS!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 10, 2016
HOAX = 51 Tweets
From my research this May 9, 2017 Tweet is the very first time Donald Trump tweeted “hoax” in the context of the Russia-Trump Investigation. It should not be lost on you that the tweet (linked below) came a mere eights prior to the May 17, 2018 Appointment of a Special Counsel. To review each of the 51 tweets in the context of the Trump-Russia Investigation, Trump’s twitter archive for “hoax” can be found here
The Russia-Trump collusion story is a total hoax, when will this taxpayer funded charade end?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 8, 2017
No Collusion = 117 Tweets
The very first tweet where Trump invoked “no collusion” occurred on May 8, 2017, again just before the Appointment of a Special Counsel. To review each of Trump’s no collusion tweets, this twitter archive link can be found here. And by now you should know it’s NOT collusion, it’s Conspiracy as in 18 USC §371 which reads in part:
[i]f two or more persons conspire either to commit any offense against the United States, or to defraud the United States, or any agency thereof in any manner or for any purpose.
They cheat the government out of money or property;
They interfere or obstruct legitimate Government activity; or
They make wrongful use of a governmental instrumentality.
The Russia-Trump collusion story is a total hoax, when will this taxpayer funded charade end?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 8, 2017
Russia = 271 Tweets
Full disclosure I narrowed down the search parameters to January 2017, meaning that since January 2017 Donald Trump has tweeted about Russia soms 384 times. What I found mildly interesting is tweet after tweet Trump has tried to shift the Public perception to Clinton Campaign and/or the DNC who conspired with Russia. To read each individual tweet where Donald Trump invokes Russia, the archived link can be found here.
The "Intelligence" briefing on so-called "Russian hacking" was delayed until Friday, perhaps more time needed to build a case. Very strange!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 4, 2017
On its face Trump’s pathetic attempt to some how change the narrative, is laughable and frankly it’s just down right absurd, it’s like that classic line from Mean Girls:
“Stop Trying to Make Fetch Happen, it’s never going to happen”
Witch Hunt = 132 Tweets
It appears that the very first time Donald Trump tweeted Witch Hunt was on January 10, 2017. He has subsequently tweeted the phrase Witch Hunt 132 times, it’s like a broken record playing over and over. Archive of his Witch Hunt tweets can be found here. The timing of his tweets really show us how unbelievably consumed Trump is with the Trump-Russia Investigation. Frankly I hope it’s stressing the ____ out of him. One only needs to take a moment and read the various Criminal Complaints, Indictments, Plea Agreements all of which are posted on the Department of Justice’s Special Counsel webpage to realize this is a serious and professional Investigation. Certainly not a witch hunt but let’s say it is, then I’d say the Special Counsel’s Office has bagged a lot of Witches.
FAKE NEWS - A TOTAL POLITICAL WITCH HUNT!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 11, 2017
Weak = 224 Tweets
Trump has a propensity to use “weak” when speaking about laws, specifically immigration laws and his preceived enemies. That’s actually not all that unexpected because I’ve repeatedly said Vladimir Putin found America’s greatest weakness in Donald J Trump.
This January of 2017 tweet seems like a lifetime ago but re-reading it actually made me recall how brazen Trump the Mr Self-Appointed Law(less) and (dis)Order so called President he is. The level of corruption that has infested his administration is nothing like I’ve ever seen before. The running joke around the Beltway is if you’ve lived here for 3 Presidential Terms then you can say you’re a Beltway-Bandit and yes that pun was totally intended.
With all that Congress has to work on, do they really have to make the weakening of the Independent Ethics Watchdog, as unfair as it— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 3, 2017
I noticed something odd, most people have a predicable speech pattern, with Trump you would logically expect that he would string his go to phrases Witch Hunt, Russia and Collusion together in a prolific amount of tweets, right? What if I told you that I could only find one tweet in his entire twitter archive. Yes you are reading that correctly only one tweet in his entire archive using that phraseology:
Who’s going to give back the young and beautiful lives (and others) that have been devastated and destroyed by the phony Russia Collusion Witch Hunt? They journeyed down to Washington, D.C., with stars in their eyes and wanting to help our nation...They went back home in tatters!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 27, 2018
Trump Tweets Russian Propaganda:
This is what he tweeted while in Helsinki, the Russian Embassy quickly seized on his tweet and retweeted that they agreed.
Our relationship with Russia has NEVER been worse thanks to many years of U.S. foolishness and stupidity and now, the Rigged Witch Hunt!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 16, 2018
If you think it is in anyway appropriate that our so called Putin’s Understudy stood on the global stage and essentially kissed Vladimir Putin’s ring while slamming our Intellegence Community is remotely acceptable, please pack your bags and GTFO of my Country. Do you know that almost FOUR months later no one has any idea what Trump & Putin talked about? Not lawmakers, not Cabinet Members...no one. That’s NOT presidential leadership that is weak and freckles. Time and time again Donald Trump shows us why we can not trust him or his administration. He lies on a pathological level and repeatedly shows how weak he is when it comes to Global Strong-men like Putin, MbS, el-Sisi et al. But when it comes to immigrants fleeing their Country, to escape gangs, drugs, extortion and extreme poverty Trump suddenly grows a pair and is tough. There is nothing exceptional about president Trump. There’s nothing inspirational about him. He is NOT a role model.
And then after DC was like Wait...WHAT did Trump do on Foreign Soil, Trump then pulled a classic Trump and by classic I mean he literally tweeted our Russian Propaganda to besmirch Sec Clinton. Not once did he disclosure the nearly 8 year old TV interview clip was First Channel Television, which is partially owned by the Russian government. Oh how very Presidential of Trump:
Will the Dems and Fake News ever learn? This is classic! pic.twitter.com/kSX3ROI4QG— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 19, 2018
Before Donald Trump, I truly believed that we the people could trust the White House and Presidential Administration, writ large. That I instinctively gave deference to the White House Press Secretary, to the Administration’s Cabinet Members etc. Granted I didn’t always agree with some or even all of the previous Administration’s statements, but without reservation or preconditions, I respected previous Presidental Administrations.
This September 13m 2018 Washington Post Fact checkers tested Trump’s word He has uttered over 5,000 lies, falsehoods or misleading claims since he took office. Mathematically that’s roughly 8 lies per day that we know of. So referring to Trump as a pathological liar, it’s accurate but it’s also a sad datapoint that this Administration and this so called president can not tell the truth, the reality is there will come a time of Natiinal Crisis where Trump and his administration will need the American Public to believe them but they’ve squandered our Trust. You can not unring that bell.
Also I highly recommend you bookmark this twitter thread. Daniel Drezner is one of my go-to’s on twitter. He’s a fantastic teacher and purveyor of history and facts. He regularly updates this thread, frankly it’s no small task. A few days ago he wrote a column for the Washington Post, this column focused on Trump’s campaign lies, falsehoods and misleading comments, it’s an excellent article and I highly recommend you read it.
- Spicy Out
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