President Donald Trump unleashed a barrage of insults, criticisms and threats this morning on his official Twitter account. The targets for his ire included sports journalist and ESPN host Jemele Hill, Republican Senator Bob Corker and the National Football League. These come as the President is embroiled in an internal dispute with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and news reports that White House staffers use various subterfuges to “manage” his impulsive behavior, according to Politico.
Trump shot the first cannonball at around 6:30 this morning across the bow of the National Football League. “Why is the NFL getting massive tax breaks while at the same time disrespecting our Anthem, Flag and Country? Change tax law!,” he Tweeted. It’s the latest volley in the President’s war of words against the league over player’s protests during the playing of the National Anthem. While the N.F.L.’s central office gave up it’s tax exempt status in 2015, major league sports teams have long benefitted from tax breaks and incentives that have bolstered their profits, according to The New York Times.
Trump then went after Jemele Hill, co-host of ESPN’s SportsCenter. In a statement Monday, the network said that it suspended her for two weeks for "a second violation of our social media guidelines." This was due to a series of tweets in which she suggested that fans upset by teams’ treatment of protesting players could boycott those teams and their ad sponsors to show their displeasure. The President’s rebuke said nothing of the controversy, but said simply and spitefully, “With Jemele Hill at the mike, it is no wonder ESPN ratings have "tanked," in fact, tanked so badly it is the talk of the industry!”
The President took a couple hours off before ratcheting up his Twitter beef with fellow Republican Bob Corker, making fun of his height, and throwing in a side-diss to his imagined nemesis, The New York Times. “The Failing @nytimes set Liddle' Bob Corker up by recording his conversation. Was made to sound a fool, and that's what I am dealing with!” He was referring to an interview which ran in the newspaper’s Sunday edition, where the twice-elected Tennessee Senator professed his lack of faith in the President and fear that his impulsive actions would draw the nation into “World War III.”
However, President Trump was also probably still mad at Corker for tweeting Saturday, “It's a shame the White House has become an adult day care center.” This was a reference to reports that White House aids use a variety of distraction tactics to prevent the President from making one of his infamous rash decisions or proclamations, without vetting them first through the proper government channels.
The President had at one point considered Senator Corker for Secretary of State, however, according to The New York Times, Trump “was reported to have told associates that Mr. Corker, at 5-foot-7, was too short to be the nation’s top diplomat.” Ironically, Trump picked former Exxon Mobil executive Rex Tillerson, with whom he is now feuding after NBC reported the Secretary of State had threatened to quit and had called the President a “moron,” both of which Tillerson eventually denied. When asked about the allegations by Forbes magazine in a new interview, President Trump said, “if he did that, I guess we'll have to compare IQ tests. And I can tell you who is going to win."