Sunday morning, Donald Trump went on Sunday Morning Futures with host Maria Bartiromo for an exclusive one-on-one interview on what has become essentially the only network friendly to his administration, Fox.
The interview was widely panned over the fact that Trump told even more lies about the now-infamous phone call between himself and Myeshia Johnson, the pregnant widow of a Green Beret killed in an ambush in Niger. With a completely straight face, Trump claimed that he had, in fact, said the fallen soldier’s name during the call, contrary to what Rep. Frederica Wilson, who was present and listening on speakerphone, said in her criticism of the call. However, at no point in the interview did Trump avail himself of the opportunity to say the name – Sergeant La David Johnson – out loud in public for the first time.
But largely overlooked in the media criticism of the Bartiromo interview was Trump’s strange defense of his own tweets. Maria asked the Tweeter-in-Chief if he thought his tweets ever “get in the way of the larger message.”
Trump’s response was both predictable and predictably stupid:
“When I put it out, you put it immediately on your show. I mean, the other day, I put something out, two seconds later I’m watching your show, it’s up…And, you know, they’re well-crafted. I was always a good student. I’m like, a person that does well with that kind of thing.”
He went on to display his ignorance of how social media works – that the same person can follow you on multiple platforms – by claiming that between Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, he has over 125 million followers. That is, of course, twice as many people as actually voted for him in 2016. And it doesn’t even take into account the fact that many of his followers, at least on Twitter, are fake. Twitter Audit estimates that as much as 40 percent of his 41 million fans on the site are fake accounts.
That doesn’t stop Daycare Donnie. In fact, despite his intelligence boasts, he frequently just deletes tweets that aides obviously point out are misspelled or technically inaccurate (he doesn’t care so much about factual accuracy). He doesn’t care if his tweets are correct or if his followers are real:
“[W]hen somebody says something about me, I’m able to go ‘bing bing bing’ and I take care of it.”
Watch the clip here:
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