Donald Trump loves to retaliate on twitter for slights both fancied and real but Sunday’s early morning tweet encouraging a vague class of persons similarly situated, “people who lost money” on Friday’s stock market, truly strains the bounds of credulity — even for Trump.
People who lost money when the Stock Market went down 350 points based on the False and Dishonest reporting of Brian Ross of @ABC News (he has been suspended), should consider hiring a lawyer and suing ABC for the damages this bad reporting has caused – many millions of dollars!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 3, 2017
It is unlikely ABC could be held liable for the dip in the market on Friday, especially since stocks had already fallen that day over reports about former national security adviser Michael Flynn pleading guilty for lying to the FBI about contacts with Russians during Trump’s presidential transition. ABC did not immediately comment about Trump’s tweet.
Court papers from Friday said a “very senior member” of Trump’s transition team directed Flynn to contact the Russian ambassador to the U.S. about Israeli settlements in December. Multiple media sources have identified that member as Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser. Kushner has not been charged or officially connected in court papers to Flynn’s call.
An apparent bombshell ABC News report on Friday said it was Trump himself who gave Flynn the order. The story, by chief investigative correspondent Ross, could have marked an explosive break in the Trump-Russia case, as it would have been the first story proving Trump told his staff to covertly connect with the Kremlin.
Trump is just dying to punish reporters for reporting. It’s part of his press as “enemy of the people” philosophy. Abuse of power is par for the course for this administration but even for Trump this is a new low.