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Trump's toxic tweets set a dangerous and unpresidential precedent

Julian E. Zelizer

President Donald Trump has been at it again, using his Twitter feed to pump out a toxic stream of consciousness that aims to create a sense of shock and awe. Before 11 a.m. on Monday, he misspelled Sen. Bernie Sanders’ name and a smear of Sen. Elizabeth Warren, confused the words “eminent” and “imminent,” falsely claimed to be protecting health insurance his administration is trying to kill, and retweeted a doctored image of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer wearing Islamic head garb in front of an Iranian flag. “The corrupted Dems trying their best to come to the Ayatollah’s rescue,” read the tweet, in case anyone didn’t get the message.

Just another day in the Oval Office.

Of course, this was not the first time the president has unleashed horrendous images and words through his infamous social media account. Indeed, the entire history of the Trump presidency might one day be told through the angry tweet blasts that we have suffered through since the start of his term, with racist, Islamophobic and sexist rhetoric becoming commonplace on the bully pulpit.



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