Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) sent a bizarre tweet urging staff at the White House to show President Donald Trump a Wall Street Journal op-ed by Daniel Henninger in an effort to influence the President's trade policy, which is suffering due to Trump's propensity for imposing tariffs and advancing trade wars.
But it wasn't the contents of the article that got people's attention. It was the way Grassley spoke of Trump in the tweet.
See if you can spot what sticks out.
Whoever keeps watch on @realDonaldTrump at WH have the economist there especially Navarro read WSJ oped by Henninge… https://t.co/64X1ebRc6C— ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley)1577980470.0
The tweet is addressed not to Trump but to "Whoever keeps watch on" him. However accidentally, it continued the image of a President who needs constant mollification and ceaseless supervision, lest an explosive tweet—or, y'know, actual explosives—be deployed before they can stop him.
Even Trump's own staff has admitted that Trump has the attitude and attention span of a toddler.
Remember the infamous "anonymous" op-ed from a high-ranking Trump official in the New York Times, which said:
"It may be cold comfort in this chaotic era, but Americans should know that there are adults in the room. We fully recognize what is happening. And we are trying to do what's right even when Donald Trump won't."
The assurance in the op-ed that there were "adults in the room" wasn't a comfort at all as long as there was a child behind the Resolute Desk.
Americans felt the same about Grassley's tweet.
@ChuckGrassley @realDonaldTrump He's doesn't need to be 'watched' by babysitters. He needs to be removed from offi… https://t.co/9Q8vUdAMDS— JES (@JES)1577984348.0
@ChuckGrassley @realDonaldTrump Um, if he needs someone to "keep watch on him" then he's unfit for the office he holds.— William J. Wylie III (@William J. Wylie III)1577984135.0
@ChuckGrassley @realDonaldTrump “Whoever keeps watch on Trump”. Jesus— Not Outrageous Establishment Guy (@Not Outrageous Establishment Guy)1577980584.0
A sitting @gop senator admitting that our president is a man child and has to have adults watch over him. Think abo… https://t.co/8oVIZSbeWz— Russell Foster for Congress (TX-04) (@Russell Foster for Congress (TX-04))1577986989.0
@ChuckGrassley @realDonaldTrump "Keeps watch"? Certainly an admission that he's unqualified - if not unstable.… https://t.co/iHtjDngJ6B— Voice of Reason (@Voice of Reason)1577983743.0
They also pointed out the word for "someone who keeps watch on" a dependent child.
aka his babysitter https://t.co/1wkVyRC9Xw— ❄ Путин сказал мне (@❄ Путин сказал мне)1577983393.0
His babysitter? https://t.co/WqP9dB1eNH— Fantastic Automatic (@Fantastic Automatic)1577985738.0
It didn't exactly boost Trump's credibility.
You want me to what what? https://t.co/x5kifkgK1A https://t.co/7PoRBtwQXs— Nacho (@Nacho)1577984284.0
Pssst, he can't read. But I'm sure he'll get right on it. https://t.co/fZwtzBWYZ2— Mark Banker (@Mark Banker)1577991936.0
"Whoever keeps watch" like he's a child lmao https://t.co/cf4D8Pwc1t— allodibatypebeat (@allodibatypebeat)1577983724.0
Let's hope Trump is being watched over by a "very stable genius."