On Monday, Donald Trump used Twitter to attack his 2020 Republican rival over an extramarital affair. In the same Twitter rant, Trump also promoted a QAnon conspiracy theorist.
“When the former Governor of the Great State of South Carolina, @MarkSanford, was reported missing, only to then say he was away hiking on the Appalachian Trail, then was found in Argentina with his Flaming Dancer friend, it sounded like his political career was over,” Trump tweeted early Monday morning.
Trump then added, “It was but then he ran for Congress and won, only to lose his re-elect after I Tweeted my endorsement, on Election Day, for his opponent. But now take heart, he is back, and running for President of the United States. The Three Stooges, all badly failed candidates, will give it a go!”
…but then he ran for Congress and won, only to lose his re-elect after I Tweeted my endorsement, on Election Day, for his opponent. But now take heart, he is back, and running for President of the United States. The Three Stooges, all badly failed candidates, will give it a go!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 9, 2019
On Sunday, Mark Sanford announced that he would be running against Trump in the Republican primary. During the summer of 2009, he was the center of a scandal when he was the governor of South Carolina.
In the summer of 2009, Sanford went missing for a week. Before he disappeared he had told his staff that he would be hiking the Appalachian trail, but later on, admitted that he was having an affair with an Argentinian journalist after he was caught arriving back in the United States on a flight from Buenos Aires.
What Trump meant by “flaming dancer” isn’t clear, but he may have meant “flamingo dancer,” which Trump believes is the name for a Spanish dance, which is actually called flamenco.
This is not the first time that Trump has attacked Sanford. Back in 2018 at a MAGA rally in Ohio, Trump referred to Sandford as a man who “flamingo dancers from Argentina”.
Sandford’s former mistress was a journalist she never was a flamenco dancer.
Trump’s use of the “three stooges” is a reference to three Republican candidates – including are challenging Trump for the Republican nomination.
Before his tweet about Sanford, Trump had retweeted a post from the account “The Dirty Truth,” which is a Twitter account well known for promoting QAnon, which is a far-right conspiracy theory that claims that there is a “deep state” plot against Donald Trump and his supporters.
“The Dirty Truth” had posted a video in which Republican congressman John Ratcliffe criticized former FBI director James Comey during an interview with Fox News presenter Maria Bartiromo.
“Maria & John understood the dishonesty & deception from the very beginning!” Trump added.
Trump wrapped up his rant with a false claim that he had a 94% approval rating within the Republican party.
Trump is currently polling less than that in Gallup, Quinnipiac and Ipsos polls. His peak popularity places him only sixth out of seven Republican presidents since the Second World War.
Trump’s latest Twitter rant comes on the heels of a former White House official raising questions about Trump’s mental health.
Anthony Scaramucci, who was the White House communications director in 2017, stated on Friday that Trump was “in severe mental decline” and would “not make it” to the next election.
Business Insider reported that another former aide told them that “his mood changes from one minute to the next based on some headline or tweet, and the next thing you know his entire schedule gets tossed out the window because he’s losing his s***.”
Trump lashed out at journalists Sand celebrities Sunday evening for what he perceived to be a lack of credit from the industries for his efforts on criminal justice reform.
Trump began with an attack on John Legend and his “filthy-mouthed wife” Chrissy Teagen. Teagan hit back branding Trump as a “pussy a** b*tch.”
It did not take long for Teagan’s response to become a viral hashtag.