President Donald Trump has not yet commented on Twitter regarding the trade war he launched with China Friday, but he did find time to refer to some of his constituents as “crazies.”
Coming from a background of no prior service to the public in any capacity, Trump may not realize as an elected official, unlike in private business, the people do not work for him. The president works for the people, which includes all of the people, not just his fan base.
Referring to your employers as “crazies” is never good form.
Around 1:00pm EST, Trump’s official Twitter account posted,
Just won lawsuit filed by the DNC and a bunch of Democrat crazies trying to claim the Trump Campaign (and others), colluded with Russia. They haven’t figured out that this was an excuse for them losing the election!”
Just won lawsuit filed by the DNC and a bunch of Democrat crazies trying to claim the Trump Campaign (and others), colluded with Russia. They haven’t figured out that this was an excuse for them losing the election!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 6, 2018
The lawsuit Trump refers to was not brought by the Democratic National Committee as Trump claims in his Tweet. The suit was filed by private citizens, Eric Schoenberg and Roy Cockrum, and former DNC staffer, Scott Comer.
Every citizen who is a Democrat does not represent the DNC, just as every Republican voter is not the official spokesperson for the Republican National Committee. But that’s just the first thing the president got wrong in his tweet.
The judge’s ruling on Tuesday was no victory for Trump. Whether the president knowingly obfuscated the facts on Twitter or just has not had a lawyer available to explain the ruling to him is unclear.
The lawsuit, against Trump’s campaign and former adviser Roger Stone, claimed the hacking of the DNC’s email systems invaded the private citizens’ privacy and inflicted emotional distress on all parties. The plaintiffs filed their suit in Washington DC.
On Tuesday, U.S. District Court Judge Ellen Huvelle declared the suit could not be heard in her jurisdiction, Washington DC, because the alleged actions were not significantly connected to that geographic location. Huvelle made no statements on the validity or merits of the suit.
In her decision, Judge Huvelle wrote,
It bears emphasizing that this Court’s ruling is not based on a finding that there was no collusion between defendants and Russia during the 2016 presidential election. This is the wrong forum for plaintiffs’ lawsuit. The Court takes no position on the merits of plaintiffs’ claims.”
After the decision, the plaintiffs stated,
While we are disappointed in and respectfully disagree with today’s decision from the District Court to dismiss this case on the grounds that it does not belong in Washington, DC, this case is far from over.”
That’s not a win.
Perhaps the president was further confused by the volume of lawsuits and investigations currently pending against him or his family or his campaign or his associates.
The DNC did file suit against the Trump campaign in a Manhattan federal court in April. In it the DNC claims the Trump campaign was a “willing and active” partner of Russia in its “brazen attack on American democracy.”
That suit names the president’s son, Donald Trump Jr., as well as his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who held a now infamous meeting with Russian government representatives in Trump Tower during the 2016 presidential campaign, lied about it with the help of the president, got caught lying, then eventually told a more verifiably accurate story under oath.