Donald Trump is not a smart man.
His tweets, though, are a kind of art, if you’re a fan of performative idiocy. And because he seems to lack any kind of introspection, he never really deletes his public brainfarts of yore, even if his position on any given subject has demonstrably changed.
In other words, a lot of his old tweets are openly critical of Obama for actions Trump is now taking himself as president. The hypocrisy is amazing, but the brass neck is somehow better.
In light of Trump’s sudden madcap decision to bomb a military base belonging to the Syrian government, here’s a shining example of the genre:
Now that Obama’s poll numbers are in tailspin – watch for him to launch a strike in Libya or Iran. He is desperate.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 9, 2012
Donald Trump’s approval ratings are, of course, in a tailspin, and he seems to have started a bit of a war to get his numbers up. But in 2013, he was very much against intervening in Syria’s brutal, never-ending civil war.
What will we get for bombing Syria besides more debt and a possible long term conflict? Obama needs Congressional approval.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 29, 2013
If Obama attacks Syria and innocent civilians are hurt and killed, he and the U.S. will look very bad!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 30, 2013
AGAIN, TO OUR VERY FOOLISH LEADER, DO NOT ATTACK SYRIA - IF YOU DO MANY VERY BAD THINGS WILL HAPPEN & FROM THAT FIGHT THE U.S. GETS NOTHING!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 5, 2013
What I am saying is stay out of Syria.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 4, 2013
If only he’d take his own advice eh?
But his hypocrisy extends beyond violent interventions into complex geopolitical clusterfucks; for a man constantly accused of violent sexual assault, Trump’s tweets on sexual assault are eye-opening.
I am no fan of Bill Cosby but never-the-less some free advice - if you are innocent, do not remain silent. You look guilty as hell!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 20, 2014
Bill Cosby is foolish, stupid, or getting bad advice in remaining silent if he is innocent. Probably guilty! Not a fan.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 30, 2014
Amazing that Crooked Hillary can do a hit ad on me concerning women when her husband was the WORST abuser of woman in U.S. political history— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 17, 2016
If Hillary thinks she can unleash her husband, with his terrible record of women abuse, while playing the women's card on me, she's wrong!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 28, 2015
Perhaps his greatest hypocrisy hit is his changing opinions on the US electoral system.
For a short while, in 2012, it looked as though Obama would be re-elected president by winning the confusing American electoral college system, but not with more than 50% of the popular vote – something his successor was very worked up about at the time. That didn’t actually happen, however, until the next election, four years later, when Trump did indeed win at the electoral college despite winning almost three million fewer votes than Hillary Clinton. Two tweets sent four years apart tell the whole story of the evolution of his opinions.
The electoral college is a disaster for a democracy.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 7, 2012
The Electoral College is actually genius in that it brings all states, including the smaller ones, into play. Campaigning is much different!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 15, 2016
And then there’s the golfing. Obama’s love of golf and occasional weekend breaks became a massive right-wing meme: he apparently spent so much time on the course that he wasn’t fit to be president.
Trump has managed more than 12 golfing trips in the three months since he was inaugurated.
And here he is on intelligence leaks. In short, if it happens under Obama, he should be impeached. If it happens under him, heads must roll.
Just as I predicted, @BarackObama has not allowed an independent investigation into the national security leaks from his cabinet.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 27, 2012
And here’s the old bait-and-switch he recently attempted in a vain effort to distract the horde of critics who believe he’s a puppet controlled by the evil Kremlin mastermind Vladimir Putin.