Donald Trump Flips Out Yet Again

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I still wake up each morning thinking it can’t really be true that Donald Trump will be president of the United States in less than eight weeks. I mean, he’s…he’s—he’s a willfully ignorant crackpot. He’s a ridiculous game show host. He’s a five-year-old in a 70-year-old body. He’s addicted to gossip and TV. He’s a trust fund kid who thinks he’s a great businessman. He doesn’t have the attention span to read an actual book. He loves conspiracy theories. And he’s got an ego so fragile it ought to be packed in Styrofoam peanuts.

Today, CNN’s Jeff Zeleny said he was looking for evidence that Trump’s allegation of massive voter fraud was true. This instantly sent Trump into a furious tantrum, prompting one of his periodic retweet spasms. Let’s take a look at who he chose to retweet. First up is @HighonHillcrest:

Who is @HighonHillcrest? Earlier today he tweeted that Mitt Romney is the “worst kind of traitor.” A few days ago he wrote this: “When RACIST THUG @angela_rye screams, annoying voice gets higher.” (Don Lemon and Van Jones are also racist thugs. Apparently all blacks on CNN are racist thugs.) And this: “FREEDOM OF RELIGION was meant to apply to religions which do NOT advocate killing non-converts.” Next up is @JoeBowman12:

Who is @JoeBowman12? A few weeks ago he was promoting the conspiracy theory that Bill Clinton has a mixed-race son: “CNN Orders Censorship Blackout on Danney Williams story ( Bill Clinton’s alleged son ) http://Infowars.com/show.” And: “Bill Clinton ‘Son’ Tells Hillary: Step Aside http://www.infowars.com.” And: “Bill Clinton’s ‘son’ Danney Williams conducts his FIRST TV interview LIVE at http://Infowars.com/show – DON’T MISS IT!” Next up is @Filibuster:

Who is @Filibuster? He’s a 16-year-old who lives in Beverly Hills. Next up is @sdcritic:

Who is @sdcritic? Earlier today, in response to the attack at Ohio State, he tweeted: “#IslamIsADeathCult #IslamIsTheProblem #BanMuslimsNotGuns #BanSharia #IslamIsCancer #Muslims did not come to America to be Americans! WAKEUP!” And: “#OhioState: You MUST understand #studentfeed that #Islamists are barbaric 3rd world monsters ruthless subhumans.America has brought this 2U!” Finally, Trump added a last word of his own:

What kind of person is so unhinged that even though he won a presidential election, he goes nuts when he’s reminded that he lost the popular vote and (a) demands that all his minions start writing sycophantic tweets about his historic landslide victory, (b) continues stewing about it anyway and fabricates an allegation of massive voter fraud perpetrated by the Democratic Party, (c) flips out at an anodyne segment from a CNN reporter about his lies, and (d) spends his evening hunched over his smartphone rounding up a motley crew of racists, nutbags, and teenagers to assure him that he’s right?

What kind of person does this? And how easy is it to manipulate someone like this? We have a helluva scary four years ahead of us.

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