Earlier this week, we learned that the shady data firm Cambridge Analytica colluded with Steve Bannon and the billionaire Republican donor Robert Mercer to deceptively (and perhaps illegally) obtain data from over 50 million Facebook users in an effort to help get President Donald Trump elected. We also learned that Cambridge Analytica shared its research and methods with a major Russian company known for being directly linked to Vladimir Putin.
But instead of distancing himself from this news or attempting to convince us that he won the election fair and square, Trump just bragged about being a central figure in one of the biggest scandals of 2016 — and the history of Facebook.
Early Tuesday morning, he tweeted out the following series of haikus:
“Remember when they were saying, during the campaign, that Donald Trump is giving great speeches and drawing big crowds, but he is spending much less money and not using social media as well as Crooked Hillary’s large and highly sophisticated staff. Well, not saying that anymore!”
First of all, who is “they?” And who exactly is Trump talking to? Is this just what Trump was yelling at himself in the bathroom mirror this morning, and Siri accidentally transcribed it and uploaded it to Twitter?
Second, why is Trump happy that people now know he won his election in part due to possibly illegal activity and a connection to the Russians? His tweet is the equivalent of a kid getting caught cheating in fifth grade and saying, “Yeah I read off Jimmy’s test – so what? At least now everyone knows I can read!”
Third, why is Trump pretending that he actually understood what Cambridge Analytica was doing? We all know how that meeting really went down:
Cambridge Analytica: I think we know how to use social media to win your election, sir.
Trump: Does it involve Twitter, like me writing on Twitter just all the time and about whatever I’m thinking at any given moment?
Cambridge Analytica: Well, no, not exactly —
(Trump drowns out the rest of the conversation and thinks about large fries, Big Macs.)