Donald Trump has been away from the White House over the holidays, spending time at Mar-a-Lago, the private club he continues to own and profit from. Politico reported yesterday that the president "cuts loose" at the venue, where he's "comfortable" and feels "liberated."
In practical terms, that leads the Republican to tweet -- a lot -- without regard for limits or propriety.
There's no point in reviewing each of the 162 tweets Trump published since Christmas, though there were some doozies in there. The president retweeted all kinds of weird content from the crackpot fringe; he appeared to publish a picture of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's house; and he even promoted an item that suggested he, unlike Barack Obama, was siding with Jesus of Nazareth.
The Atlantic's David Frum published a piece this past weekend that argued, "Trump's tweeting in the past two days was so frenzied and the sources quoted were so bizarre -- including at least four accounts devoted to the Pizzagate-adjacent conspiracy theory QAnon, as well as one that describes former President Barack Obama as 'Satan's Muslim scum' -- as to renew doubts about the president's mental stability."
There was, however, one item of particular interest. The Washington Post reported:
President Trump retweeted a post naming the alleged whistleblower who filed the complaint that became the catalyst for the congressional inquiry that resulted in his impeachment by the House of Representatives.
On Friday night, Trump shared a Twitter post from @surfermom77, who describes herself as "100% Trump supporter," with his 68 million followers. That tweet prominently named the alleged whistleblower and suggested that he had committed perjury.
A day later, the tweet no longer appeared in the president's timeline, though it's unclear who removed the item and why. (Due to a technical glitch, the tweet was visible to some, but not all, Twitter users.)
Regardless, the damage was done. On Dec. 26, Trump used Twitter to promote a Washington Examiner report that included the name of the CIA official believed to be the intelligence community whistleblower, and two days later, he upped the ante.