“Animal Assad”? Seriously?

Look, I know it’s WrestleMania weekend, but the WWE-style insults have to stop:

President Donald Trump issued a vague threat on Twitter on Sunday, after reports of a chemical attack in Syria.

“Many dead, including women and children, in mindless CHEMICAL attack in Syria,” Trump wrote. “Area of atrocity is in lockdown and encircled by Syrian Army, making it completely inaccessible to outside world. President Putin, Russia, and Iran are responsible for backing Animal Assad. Big price [to pay].”

The tweet uncharacteristically named Putin by name, but it’s still unclear whether the “big price to pay” was directed at Russia, Iran, or Syria.

Trump then went on to blame Obama for not crossing “his stated Red Line In The Sand,” referring to Obama’s position that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s use of chemical weapons would lead to U.S. military action.

At least 70 Syrians died after a reported chemical attack on Saturday in Douma, a rebel-held area near the capital of Damascus.

How many gullible right-wing and right-wing-sympathetic Americans will read Trump’s tweet and conclude that he must not have colluded with the Russians because he just “called out” Putin? Yes, we know that 62 million Americans were gullible enough to vote for Trump, but can the number of folks who think Trump’s “criticism” of Putin was on the level really be that high today?

Even after this morning’s twaddle on Twitter, even after the tariffs that will screw over many of the people who voted for him, even after the ethics-don’t-exist behavior of Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt, will those who voted to put this man into power ever admit they got it wrong on November 8, 2016? Or will they go to their graves insisting that Hillary Clinton would have been worse?

D.R. Tucker

D. R. Tucker is a Massachusetts-based journalist who has served as the weekend contributor for the Washington Monthly since May 2014. He has also written for the Huffington Post, the Washington Spectator, the Metrowest Daily News, investigative journalist Brad Friedman's Brad Blog and environmental journalist Peter Sinclair's Climate Crocks.