Trump has lately gone on a binge of tweeting craziness and lies about his predecessor. It doesn’t serve any purpose other than to de-legitimize our own government, rattle the world, and make himself small in the eyes of virtually everyone.
A couple of days ago, it was Obama “tapped my wires”. Yesterday he invented a bogus statistic about Gitmo prisoners that have been released:
122 vicious prisoners, released by the Obama Administration from Gitmo, have returned to the battlefield. Just another terrible decision!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 7, 2017
In his impulsiveness, and with his alarmingly itchy twitter-finger, he couldn’t take a minute to learn that the overwhelming majority of those people were actually released by Bush. Not that knowing this would have changed his tactics.
Of course the bigger question is why tweet about Obama at all? He’s not running for anything and, for lots of good reasons, no president has ever done anything like this before. Obama himself certainly could have said a few things about his own predecessor, but there is absolutely no reason to do it. It helps nothing and solves no problem.
To paraphrase a recent Nobel Prize winner, “The answer, my friends, is polling in the wind.”
As we have pointed out many times before, Trump has no principles. He is a dangerous narcissist whose oxygen is flattery. He cannot function without the upvotes, “likes”, and followers that social media, especially Twitter, provides. He can’t stop gloating that Schwarzenegger’s ratings on The Apprentice weren’t as good as his own, referring to himself repeatedly as a ratings machine.
The reason Trump can’t stop insulting Obama is because Obama (and all former presidents) is absolutely killing him in the polls. Trump, the most prolific “winner” of all time according to himself, is actually a loser! Trump is trying to drive the public’s opinion of Obama as low as his own, so he can “win”.
It’s all a ridiculous game he’s playing and using really dangerous tactics. If you doubt it, have a look at this chart, which shows how a well-timed terrorist attack, like the one on 9/11, can boost your ratings. If you think Trump can’t possibly be considering this, well, I just hope you’re right.