Patently Insane

Posted by Matt Birchler
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Timothy Klausutis writing to Twitter's Jack Dorsey (via The New York Times):

President Trump on Tuesday tweeted to his nearly 80 million followers alluding to the repeatedly debunked falsehood that my wife was murdered by her boss, former U.S. Rep. Joe Scarborough. The son of the president followed and more directly attacked my wife by tweeting to his followers as the means of spreading this vicious lie.


I’m asking you to intervene in this instance because the president of the United States has taken something that does not belong to him β€” the memory of my dead wife β€” and perverted it for perceived political gain.

We can debate Twitter's role in being an arbiter of truth, but let's take a second and think about how insane it is that the President of the United States chooses to spend his time during an international pandemic to spread wild lies about people he doesn't like.

The birther movement he helped popularize could be dismissed as the racist ramblings of an idiot, but now it's the ramblings of an idiot in the White House.

This is patently insane behavior and is yet another example of why this goon is unfit for office. It's such a common thing, in fact, that I suspect someone will tell me that he does this all the time and I shouldn't be surprised anymore. I'm not surprised, I just refuse to accept this as "that's just what he does" and not call out insanity in the moment.