For the love of God, can somebody in the White House please do something about President Donald Trump's Twitter account?
Surely, there's someone in the administration who can explain to the president how live-tweeting cable news is causing headaches for many of his top staff members, most especially White House press secretary Sean Spicer.
The White House spokesman will, for example, undoubtedly be called on to defend the president's response Tuesday evening to Hillary Clinton's claim she would've won the election were it not for the FBI's investigation of her unauthorized State Department email server.
"FBI Director Comey was the best thing that ever happened to Hillary Clinton in that he gave her a free pass for many bad deeds! The phony …" Trump tweeted before adding 20 minutes later, "… Russia story was an excuse used by the Democrats as justification for losing the election. Perhaps Trump just ran a great campaign?"
...Trump/Russia story was an excuse used by the Democrats as justification for losing the election. Perhaps Trump just ran a great campaign?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 3, 2017
FBI Director Comey was the best thing that ever happened to Hillary Clinton in that he gave her a free pass for many bad deeds! The phony...— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 3, 2017
Putting aside the fact that the president of the United States is apparently referring to himself in the third person, and putting aside the fact he's still taking Election Day victory laps, there's a fundamental problem with Trump's Tuesday night tweets.
To put it simply: The commander in chief has now explicitly accused the sitting FBI director, who serves at the president's pleasure, of giving a person under investigation a "free pass." This is a big thing to allege, and it shouldn't be taken lightly.
And all this for what? To spike the Nov. 8 football?
This is obviously not a good look for a sitting president, and it's depressing to watch his supporters and staff twist themselves into knots defending behavior they would have absolutely condemned had it come from the previous commander in chief.
For the good of his supporters and Sean Spicer's sanity, someone in the administration really should talk to the president about his tweeting habits.
Hell, White House staffers are still dealing with the fallout of Trump's claim on March 4 that former President Obama had Trump Tower's "wires tapped" during the 2016 election.
"Terrible!" the president said. "Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!"
The White House has yet to substantiate this claim with hard evidence, despite going around and around for weeks scrambling for something to match the president's claim. Counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway's defense involved something about spying microwaves (what?), while Spicer tried to spin his boss' comments by saying the president used quotation marks to "mean broadly surveillance and other activities during."
Oh, Spicer. You don't have to do this. Your defense is not only sad, but it also fails to account for when Trump tweeted on March 4, "How low has President Obama gone to tapp [sic] my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!"
How low has President Obama gone to tapp my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 4, 2017
No quotation marks there, my man.
Please, White House staff, we don't need these headaches, and you don't need these headaches. Be proactive. If worst comes to worst, maybe steal the president's phones. Turn it into a massive four-year game of Keep Away if you have to.