Eleven minutes without Trump

They were the longest 11 minutes of the Internet’s life since 2015. What’s left for the world to write about when Trump momentarily goes dark? He’s the straw that stirs the media drink. The Kardashians think they can be the straw that stirs it, but they can only stir it bad.

The idiot who used his last day as a Twitter employee to pull the plug on POTUS will soon be very, very famous, needless to say. There’s probably a House seat waiting for him in some safe blue district somewhere.

“Human error”? Not exactly:

I’m amazed that Twitter admitted it was sabotage rather than a glitch. What do they gain by doing that? Presumably they suspected, no doubt correctly, that the truth would leak soon enough if they tried to hide it. Better to have to do damage control over sabotage than sabotage and a cover-up.

His account quickly restored, a newly reinvigorated POTUS seized the opportunity to boast about his social-media kung fu skills, called Elizabeth Warren “Pocahontas,” and taunted Hillary about being a crooked loser who never would have won the primary without DNC cheating:


He’s in superb form today. God, those 11 minutes were agony.

The left is treating the still-unknown saboteur as a hero, of course, and some are seizing on the “Pocahontas” tweet to try to get Trump banned for racial hatred or something, as though Twitter would boot the guy who’s singlehandedly making their otherwise struggling platform crucially important to world events. But there’s a real story here buried under the surreal drama: Apparently the president’s account is accessible internally at Twitter by more people than we might suspect. Unless the saboteur was very, very high-level in the company, there’s evidently nothing stopping disgruntled middle-tier (and lower-tier?) employees from pulling the plug on him in a fit of spite. And if they can do that, presumably they could also commandeer his account and tweet something in his name. Like, say, “I’ve decided to resign.” Or “I’ve ordered an invasion of North Korea.” Imagine those pensees floating through the media ether in the middle of the day, when the stock market’s open.

A competent White House would have addressed this problem with Twitter long ago, during the transition, as a condition of Trump continuing to use their platform. The presidential account requires special safeguards. But then a competent president wouldn’t be using a third-party service whose management is no doubt hostile to him politically as his preferred channel of communication with the public in the first place. He shouldn’t be tweeting, period. He’s begging for a disaster in the form of hacking or some further internal sabotage at Twitter by doing so.

I’m curious to see what half-assed conspiracy theories come out of this incident, though. My tongue-in-cheek offering: Trump tried to tweet that he was resigning and Twitter intercepted it, knowing that he’s the goose who lays the golden eggs for their platform, in hopes that John Kelly could talk him out of it while his account was dark. It only took 11 minutes! Anyway, this is the closest we’re going to get to anyone invoking the 25th Amendment against him. Enjoy it, anti-Trumpers.

David Strom 7:01 PM on September 24, 2022