Comey, Russia, and fake news: 6 Trump tweetstorms that defined his first 6 months as president

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President Donald Trump has a way of upending news cycles and his own agenda with a few early-morning 140-character messages tapped out on the Twitter app.

Never before has a president used social media like this. Trump unleashes diatribes against enemies and friends, lashes out at news outlets and TV hosts, and chastises both Democrats and Republicans.

We’ve rounded up six of his most consequential tweetstorms, below.

1. Fake news

Really, if we compiled a list of Trump tweetstorms that included just the ones about “fake news,” you may finish reading only to realize you haven’t eaten in a few days.

So we picked one of his most outrageous rants against news he doesn’t like.

This one perhaps broadened the standard definition of “tweetstorm,” since it continued from June 27 into June 28. Maybe we’ll call it a series of scattered tweetstorms. Either way, Trump went after some of his favorite media targets.

2. Obama wiretapping accusation

We could say this about so many things during Trump’s first six months as president, but, in any other administration, accusing your predecessor of “wiretapping” you could easily define the entirety of a presidential term.

For Trump, it was just a Saturday in March. There was no initial press conference to level the accusation in a controlled arena, and Trump presented no evidence to back up this jaw-on-the-floor claim. That’s almost certainly because Trump has no evidence. He sent the tweets anyway.

3. Comey firing

Trump fired FBI Director James Comey on May 9 as the agency investigated whether his administration and campaign had illegal ties to the Russian government, immediately prompting Trump opponents to say the president was obstructing justice.

Trump called Democrats a bunch of hypocrites for opposing his decision to fire Comey, citing Democrat outrage over Comey’s recent decision to publicly reopen an investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of email during her tenure as secretary of state.

4. Mika Brzezinski

Trump’s sexism is well-known. Before he was elected president, a video of him saying “you can do anything” to women “when you’re a star,” including “grab ’em by the pussy” was perhaps the moment Republicans came closest to disowning him as their presidential candidate.

But of course Trump marched on, and continued to put his sexism on display last month when he renewed his battle with MSNBC morning show hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough, who have often criticized the president. Trump attacked Brzezinski’s intelligence and appearance, and made it seem as though the two had begged for his attention before Trump stepped into the White House.

The tweets stoked all-too-familiar outrage, but didn’t lead to the type of Republicans-teetering-on-the-edge hand-wringing of the video released before the election.

5. Defending Don Jr.

Alright, so this isn’t quite a tweetstorm, but we’ll call it a Very Important Series of Tweets.

Trump’s oldest son, Donald Trump Jr., cannonballed into the Russian collusion narrative earlier in July, when he tweeted a series of emails (which The New York Times had obtained) that showed he took a meeting during the campaign in which he thought a Moscow-connected Russian lawyer and others would offer information damaging to Hillary Clinton.

Also, in a statement, Trump called his son a “high quality person.”

6. Rejected travel ban

Trump has tried to block U.S.-bound travel from several predominantly Muslim nations since he took office, but the ban has never stood up in full when presented before a court. That’s partially because Trump has insisted on calling it a “ban,” a term his administration sought to avoid because it would cause justices to question whether Trump was pushing for a travel ban on certain nations because those nations were predominantly Muslim, which is unconstitutional.

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals cited Trump’s tweets referring to the “travel ban” when it struck down large swaths of the ban because it targeted Muslims for their religious beliefs.

Here are the consequential tweets:

We’ll probably be back here in another six months with still more tweets that have unleashed torrents of chaos on the nation and the globe.

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