President Donald Trump has pushed his Twitter account to somehow new extremes this week. On Tuesday, he inflamed Democratic congressional leaders, leading them to pull out of a meeting planned to talk over how to avoid a government shutdown. And on Wednesday morning, he smashed the retweet button on anti-Muslim videos shared by an ultranationalist British party leader, which led to condemnation from British Prime Minister Theresa May. He capped his morning by vaguely suggesting that MSNBC host Joe Scarborough was involved in a murder.
But anyone looking for Trump’s supporters to declare that maybe he has finally crossed a line would be disappointed: The president’s loyalists basically love it.
“Sometimes he tweets stuff that’s on the mark, and sometimes it makes us uncomfortable,” said former campaign official Bryan Lanza, “But he’s right, we should be afraid of radical Islam, we are targets.”
“Today we’re talking about radical Islamic terrorism again and the travel ban,” said a former top campaign aide, waving away the controversy over the source of the anti-Muslim videos. “In the real world, no one gives a shit.”
The videos, titled “Islamist mob pushes teenage boy off roof and beats him to death,” “Muslim destroys a statue of Virgin Mary,” and “Muslim migrant beats up Dutch boy on crutches,” were shocking coming from the president of the United States, and drew immediate anger from British officials who have condemned their source, the nationalist Britain First party.
“It is wrong for the president to have done this,” May’s spokesman said Wednesday morning. “Britain First seeks to divide…