President Donald Trump’s 16-tweet barrage Tuesday suggested “madness” and furthered questions about whether the real estate magnate was fit to hold the nation’s highest political office, according to a CNN media analyst.
On just the second day of the new year, Trump took to Twitter to blast the media, Democrats over immigration policies, take credit for the lack of plane crashes in 2017 and even call out North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on the size of the button he could push to launch a nuclear weapon.
Trump first threatened Kim and later followed up an hour later by announcing the presentation of awards for “fake news” media outlets late Wednesday afternoon.
“This is something he seemed to propose before new year, the idea of a fake news trophy that should be awarded, the RNC then picked up on it and said they would take nominations,” CNN’s Brian Stelter said. “It seems like the president, right out of reality TV here, wants to create a moment of drama where he’ll announce the winners. Obviously, in the grand scheme of things, the least important tweet of the day. But this came just a few minutes after the nuclear button tweet, so what’s on the president’s mind? We know what’s on the president’s mind, 16 tweets today, to start the new year some of them deeply disturbing.”
Trump’s fitness for office and mental stability were often brought up during his first year in office, especially after questionable tweets. Some Democrats have tapped mental health experts to start a grassroots campaign targeted at impeaching Trump over his mental state.
“Madness,” Stelter described Trump’s tweets to CNN’s Anderson Cooper, “and I think we should start to call it that shouldn’t we? When President Trump was inaugurated last January some writers, some columnists... started right away started to raise concerns about the president’s mental health, about his fitness for office.
“In the months that followed we saw Republican senators like Jeff Flake bring these issues up, try to ask about his fitness for office. Bob Corker is another name that comes to mind.”
If other major world leaders spread messages on domestic and foreign policy in the same way as Trump, their mental states also would be questioned, according to Stelter.
“I think we can apply a test to his 16 tweets today,” Stelter said. “If this were the leader of Germany or China or Brazil, what would we say, how would we cover these tweets?”
Stelter added: “We would say these are the messages from a person who is not well, from a leader who is not fit for office.”
Stelter also suggested that while Trump and other future presidents could use social media to promote legislation or as a means to bring people together, the billionaire Republican did not seem to be using his Twitter account to that effect.