Judging people by their old tweets is dicey business — just ask Disney and Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn. And digging up very old tweets to vet 2020 presidential candidates "is a low blow," writer Anna Fitzpatrick tweeted Monday. "Every tweet from 2009 is bad." But her example of a bad tweet, from Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), didn't work out exactly as planned.
It turns out, as Fitzpatrick discovered, Booker joked about his love triangle with "Sleep" and "Coffee," with some variation of how "hot" his boo "Coffee" is, at least a dozen times, as recently as 2017. Fitzpatrick compiled all dozen iterations, but she still doesn't want this to define Booker's candidacy, urging people to "please base your votes on policy and not on how goofy a politician's twitter feed is or isn't." But there's definitely room for poking Booker about his corny joke.
On Monday morning, President Trump retweeted a post about the "violence" of the antifa, a criticism of former President Barack Obama, and a quote by Mother Teresa.
The first in Trump's spurt of retweets was from controversial conservative commentator Dinesh D'Souza, arguing that The Washington Post's article about "black-clad antifa" protesters attacking "peaceful rightwing demonstrators" was an admission "about where the violence is coming from." Trump, seemingly still unaware that his argument that "both sides" were to blame for the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, had not gone over well, decided to share D'Souza's tweet:
Trump then retweeted Fox News contributor and Townhall editor Katie Pavlich's criticism of Obama. Politico's Kyle Cheney noted the tweet's claim was incorrect:
President Trump's Twitter habit might make Special Counsel Robert Mueller's job easier. Politicoreported Friday that Trump's Twitter feed "offers a trove of evidence" to Mueller and his team as they investigate the Trump team's potential ties to Russia:
Like emails, handwritten notes, or transcribed Oval Office conversations, the @realdonaldtrump account gives investigators a detailed timeline of Trump's thoughts and opinions — including where they might differ from official accounts — and can also be used to establish intent, which can be critical in a criminal investigation.
Trump is not a target of the FBI or congressional probes, but his tweets could all be used by investigators as they seek to establish whether the president and his associates are being truthful in the explanations they give under oath about the nature of contacts between the Trump campaign and Russian officials. [Politico]
Trump has taken to Twitter to call the investigation into ousted National Security Adviser Michael Flynn "a witch hunt" and to advise Flynn to "ask for immunity." In another instance, Trump warned fired FBI Director James Comey in a tweet that he'd "better hope that there are no tapes" of their conversations. Michael Forde, a trial lawyer who represents Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, told Politico that Trump's message to Comey "could well be interpreted as an effort to intimidate a witness."
"They're a gold mine," Peter Zeidenberg, who once served on the Justice Department's special prosecution team, said of Trump's tweets. "They help paint a picture."