There's always a tweet has become a recurrent theme of the presidency of Donald Trump. As summarized by the subReddit that tracks the phenomenon:
"35,000+ Tweets—No Self Awareness."
It usually takes months or even years for Trump's Twitter feed to contradict or call the President out for his own words or deeds. But Friday, President Trump completely reversed a dubious claim he made less than 24 hours earlier.
On Thursday morning, President Trump tweeted:
"The Impeachment Hoax is hurting our Stock Market. The Do Nothing Democrats don’t care!"
The Impeachment Hoax is hurting our Stock Market. The Do Nothing Democrats don’t care!— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1572533850.0
But on Friday morning—23 hours and 8 minutes later, Trump tweeted:
"Stock Market up BIG! Record highs for S&P 500 and NASDAQ. Enjoy!"
Stock Market up BIG! Record highs for S&P 500 and NASDAQ. Enjoy!— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1572617336.0
Trump's contradiction of himself caught the attention of many.
Yesterday. Today. https://t.co/8xjnEOtDNa— David Jolly (@David Jolly) 1572617490.0
It was as if Thursday—the day the House of Representatives voted on the impeachment resolution the GOP demanded—morning's warning was completely false.
@realDonaldTrump I guess Wall Street loves impeachment after all— Jeff Tiedrich (@Jeff Tiedrich) 1572617433.0
@realDonaldTrump Didn’t #DonaldTrump just yesterday Tweet that the impeachment was hurting the stock market?? 😳— Jules Morgan (@Jules Morgan) 1572622442.0
@realDonaldTrump Looks like the stock market wants an impeachment.— Andrew Goss 👊USAF👊 (@Andrew Goss 👊USAF👊) 1572620293.0
@Goss30Goss @realDonaldTrump Absolutely. Impeachment can be a good market correction.— telecom2k3 (@telecom2k3) 1572620530.0
@DavidJollyFL Trump is really in his own reality https://t.co/MrhKubUm8M— Svea Elske (@Svea Elske) 1572617950.0
People shared his own contradictory tweets with Trump.
@Goss30Goss @realDonaldTrump Looks like the impeachment of Trump is helping our stock market— Kathy Conlan (@Kathy Conlan) 1572635699.0
Trump's set up on Thursday could mean one of two things to explain Friday's post:
- Thursday's tweet was a lie designed to influence the impeachment resolution vote
- Wall Street really wants Trump impeached
@DavidJollyFL @effiedog Cool! Now impeachment is helping the stock market. Good to know.— JRehling (@JRehling) 1572636155.0
@realDonaldTrump Investors must be giddy at the prospect of #ImpeachTheMF— (((Feddi Up))) (@(((Feddi Up)))) 1572638890.0
@realDonaldTrump The whole word just thrilled at #ImpeachmentVote Good job to the fairly elected leader of the fr… https://t.co/4oXCGMQ1hU— (((Feddi Up))) (@(((Feddi Up)))) 1572639036.0
However others saw market manipulation as the goal.
@DavidJollyFL @LindaCook86025 So yestetday he causes panic, which most likely caused many to sell. Today he boasts… https://t.co/pIcRDgZgVl— 🐾Benita (@🐾Benita) 1572637918.0
@DavidJollyFL @MeganLeazes It's almost like any time the market goes down it's someone else's fault and any time it… https://t.co/iZPPQvHMvt— JMH2 (@JMH2) 1572617730.0
@strangedeadfish @DavidJollyFL @MeganLeazes Yes. It's a subset of "Everything good comes from *me*, and everything… https://t.co/mtqzAiShot— Kenneth Rørvik (@Kenneth Rørvik) 1572618294.0
@DavidJollyFL @NicolleDWallace It's like he's broadcasting that he doesn't actually know what he's talking about... 🤔— The Pounder (@The Pounder) 1572617885.0
On Thursday—despite neither House rules nor a constitutional requirement—the House held an impeachment inquiry resolution vote to appease Republicans and the White House who falsely claimed one was necessary.
Once passed, the GOP members still loyal to Trump found something new to use to mischaracterize, disrupt, distract from and discredit the impeachment inquiry.
Scott Pelley's book Truth Worth Telling: A Reporter's Search for Meaning in the Stories of Our Times is available here.