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The Tweets of a Mad King

Toluse Olorunnipa, reporting for The Washington Post:

On a day when coronavirus deaths passed 80,000 and top government scientists warned of the perils of loosening public health restrictions too soon, President Trump used his massive public platform to suggest a talk-show host he has clashed with committed murder.

His baseless charge capped a 48-hour stretch in which he accused scores of perceived opponents of criminal acts ranging from illegal espionage to election rigging.

Since writing “HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY” at 8:10 a.m. on Sunday, Trump has used his Twitter account to make or elevate allegations of criminal conduct against no less than 20 individuals and organizations. Since Sunday, he has tweeted more often about alleged crimes by his perceived opponents than he has about the pandemic ravaging the country with mass death and unemployment.

Dan Froomkin:

This WaPo article by @ToluseO reads like a dam broke in the newsroom and all the things reporters have been wanting to write about Trump spilled out.

IT’S FABULOUS.

It’s full of truths, no bothesidesism, nothing mealy-mouthed about it.

Tuesday, 12 May 2020