Ahead of what looks to be a busy day for President Trump - in addition to his social media summit, Mnuchin has a meeting scheduled with Nancy Pelosi and the White House has just called a press conference about the latest court decisions on the citizenship question - the president indulged in a scattered twitter rant about the fake news media, some of his would-be Democratic challengers, and his amazing economy.
After the mainstream press criticized Trump's social media summit for purportedly bringing 'fringe' voices to the White House for another grievance session, Trump apparently felt compelled to hit back. He warned that the subject of the summit will be the "tremendously dishonest, biased" mainstream press.
He also insisted that the "Fake News" is "not as important, or as powerful, as Social Media" (though he insisted he would still be president if Twitter never existed).
And when Trump leaves office in six years, taking the Trump traffic bump with him, many media companies will go bankrupt - a claim that Trump has made before (he even included a very timely Mad Magazine reference just days after Mad ended its longrunning print mag).
The White House will be hosting a very big and very important Social Media Summit today. Would I have become President without Social Media? Yes (probably)! At its conclusion, we will all go to the beautiful Rose Garden for a News Conference on the Census and Citizenship.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 11, 2019
A big subject today at the White House Social Media Summit will be the tremendous dishonesty, bias, discrimination and suppression practiced by certain companies. We will not let them get away with it much longer. The Fake News Media will also be there, but for a limited period..— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 11, 2019
....The Fake News is not as important, or as powerful, as Social Media. They have lost tremendous credibility since that day in November, 2016, that I came down the escalator with the person who was to become your future First Lady. When I ultimately leave office in six......— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 11, 2019
....years, or maybe 10 or 14 (just kidding), they will quickly go out of business for lack of credibility, or approval, from the public. That’s why they will all be Endorsing me at some point, one way or the other. Could you imagine having Sleepy Joe Biden, or @AlfredENeuman99,..— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 11, 2019
Trump notoriously didn't invite Facebook, Twitter or Alphabet to the summit, meaning social media companies won't be well represented. Instead, he invited a group of Internet personalities. After the media rant, Trump quickly pivoted to attacking some of his rivals, joking that he couldn't imagine 'Sleepy Joe' or 'Pocahontas' as president, while offering a little trolling by referring to himself as "so great looking and smart, a true Stable Genius!"
...or a very nervous and skinny version of Pocahontas (1000/24th), as your President, rather than what you have now, so great looking and smart, a true Stable Genius! Sorry to say that even Social Media would be driven out of business along with, and finally, the Fake News Media!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 11, 2019
Trump then pivoted to a tweet about the pledge of allegiance being under siege.
The Pledge of Allegiance to our great Country, in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, is under siege. That is why I am going to win the Great State of Minnesota in the 2020 Election. People are sick and tired of this stupidity and disloyalty to our wonderful USA!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 11, 2019
Then moved on to last week's jobs number and the economy more broadly.
“Nearly one million more blacks and two million more Hispanics are employed than when Barrack Obama left office, and minorities account for more than half of all new jobs created during the Trump Presidency. Unemployment among black women has hovered near 5% for the last six.....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 11, 2019
....months, the lowest since 1972.” The Wall Street Journal Editorial Board, A Tale of Two Economies. @IngrahamAngle— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 11, 2019
Robert Johnson, B.E.T. “I give the President a lot of credit for moving the Economy in a positive direction that’s benefiting a large number of Americans. I think the Tax Cuts clearly helped stimulate the Economy. Overall, if you look at the U.S. Economy, and you look at.....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 11, 2019
....the number of people who are no longer looking for jobs but who are now seeing the opportunity for job growth, you’ve got to give the President an A Plus for that.” Thank you Robert, one of our great business leaders!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 11, 2019
Then back to the Fake News media...
The Fake News Media loves the narrative that I didn’t use many banks because the banks didn’t like me. No, I didn’t use many banks because I didn’t (don’t) need their money (old fashioned, isn’t it?). If I did, it would have been very easy for me to get.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 11, 2019
....And remember, a bank that I did use years ago, the now badly written about and maligned Deutsche Bank, was then one of the largest and most prestigious banks in the world! They wanted my business, and so did many others!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 11, 2019
And finally ending with a video tribute from...Jon Voight?
If these tweets are any indication, Thursday could be an insane day.