PROBABLY MAR-A-LAGO (April 16, 2017) — Donald Trump started the morning of his first Easter Sunday as President with a string of five tweets about (1) China now apparently isn’t manipulating currency but should help with North Korea (7:18am); (2) Happy Easter (7:24am); (3) Brag about the election, complain about continued calls for transparency (8:07am); (4) Call for an investigation of Tax March participants (8:13am); (5) Spending money on military defense is his top priority (8:41am).
Someone should look into who paid for the small organized rallies yesterday. The election is over!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 16, 2017
Though all deserve attention, Trump’s call for an authoritarian crackdown on U.S. citizens (he claims are being paid) who are organizing to voice their dissent as guaranteed by the 1st Amendment is beyond troubling.
On Saturday, tens of thousands of people in hundreds of cities nationwide took to the streets to demand the billionaire President release his tax returns to prove that his many businesses and investments pose no conflict of interest with his role as America’s Chief Executive.
— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) April 16, 2017
Videos posted online showed massive crowds of people in small towns and major U.S. cities, despite Trump’s now now-normal attempts to downplay embarrassing issues of size.
— Stephanie Scrafano (@stephscrafano) April 15, 2017
— Ricky Davila (@TheRickyDavila) April 15, 2017
What is most problematic about the Commander-in-Chief’s tweet is not his lie about yesterday’s Tax March rallies being “small” when they clearly weren’t, but Trump’s signaling to his supporters that negative scrutiny should be focused on citizens who protested him for legitimate reasons.
Retired Air Force Col Morris Davis, who was fired by the Obama administration for his outspoken criticism of its handling of Guantanamo Bay, took note, tweeting at Trump, “Sad when the so-called President attempts to throw shade on American citizens exercising their right to assemble and express their views.”
Sad when the so-called president attempts to throw shade on American citizens exercising their right to assemble and express their views. https://t.co/UeU0Bx3YhF
— Col. Morris Davis (@ColMorrisDavis) April 16, 2017
Not only that, but the laughable absurdity of Trump’s demand for citizens to be held accountable (for what?) cannot be overstated.
Here we have a President who has broken his own repeated promises to release his personal tax returns which would show who is paying him, and when thousands of citizens demonstrate their disapproval and call for their release (as all previous administrations have done), Trump claims they are being paid and should be investigated.
Nothing funny about it, these are the actions of a dictator, plain and simple.