In Tweet Spree, Trump Says States Have Gone To Hell, Tells GOP To Hurry Up SCOTUS Hearing

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 18: U.S. President Donald Trump looks at his phone during a roundtable at the State Dining Room of the White House June 18, 2020 in Washington, DC. President Trump held a roundtable discussion w... WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 18: U.S. President Donald Trump looks at his phone during a roundtable at the State Dining Room of the White House June 18, 2020 in Washington, DC. President Trump held a roundtable discussion with Governors and small business owners on the reopening of American’s small business. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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October 12, 2020 12:21 p.m.

In a packed morning of presidential tweeting Monday, Donald Trump boosted a QAnon believer, said that multiple states were going “to hell,” and urged congressional Republicans to hurry up and finish the confirmation process of Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett just hours after it started. 

Between 7:30 a.m. and noon, the President had tweeted and retweeted 71 times; the spree followed several days of fast-paced posts from POTUS. 

When Trump boosted an account called @KittyList’s footage of protesters in Portland — instructing the FBI to “get them now!” — it was hardly the first time he’d elevated a follower of the QAnon conspiracy theory. (The theory holds that a cabal of satanic pedophiles secretly controls the world.) 

@KittyLists, as Media Matters’ Alex Kaplan pointed out, has promoted some far-out stuff characteristic of the theory, such as the idea that John Bolton had been replaced by a body double.

Then, Trump flagged an increase  in COVID-19 cases in Europe but baselessly said the virus will “run its course.” 

A little while later came the tweets proclaiming that some of the largest states in the union had gone, or were going, to “hell” during his tenure.

Trump did tweet a bit about Amy Coney Barrett, his Supreme Court nominee who appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee for the first time on Monday morning. But midway through the proceedings, he let some frustration out, urging Republicans to cut Democrats off and get the whole thing over with. 

Much of the President’s tweets Monday actually concerned long-shot congressional candidates running against his favorite Democratic bogeymen and -women. 

Over dozens of retweets, Trump promoted the campaigns of the Republicans running against Reps. Maxine Waters (D-CA), Adam Schiff (D-CA), Karen Bass (D-CA) and Kweisi Mfume (D-MD). 

Trump was still going at it at press time, claiming that Republicans supported a health care plan to protect people with pre-existing conditions — even though he has supported a Republican lawsuit against Obamacare and has not put forward his own plan with such legal protections at any point during his presidency. 

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