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Did Trump go wild on Twitter to distract from the FBI raid on his campaign manager?

Donald Trump had an interesting day on Twitter on July 26.


David Covucci

Internet Culture

Posted on Aug 9, 2017   Updated on May 22, 2021, 9:09 pm CDT

On Wednesday, news broke that the FBI raided the home of President Donald Trump‘s former campaign manager Paul Manafort on July 26. The raid was part of the Justice Department investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

That day was also one of the wilder rides on Twitter for the president, and now people are surmising that perhaps his erratic tweets stemmed from knowledge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s actions. (The Washington Post‘s scoop does not say if the president was aware of the matter).

Trump’s day began with a three-tweet cliffhanger that ended in the transgender military ban.

No one knows what prompted the announcement, which caught the entire country by surprise. Trump then followed it up by blasting then-acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe.

He followed that with an all-caps proclamation about not worshipping government.

Trump finished that up with video from a Boys and Girls Club visit to the White House and a tweet about Foxconn’s proposed plant in Wisconsin.

Whether his actions that day were prompted by news of the Manafort raid is yet unknown, but there’s no denying that the very same day the FBI raided his former campaign manager’s house, he was blasting the man in charge of the agency.

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*First Published: Aug 9, 2017, 10:22 am CDT