Last week Donald Trump bragged about the stock market during his first (and hopefully last) State of the Union speech — record highs! up, up, up! — and this week...
Markets tanked on Monday as investors assessed whether the global economy was moving away from the slow growth, low inflation, and low interest rates that prevailed over the last decade. The Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index was off by nearly 4 percent on Monday. The weakness built off the previous week, when stocks had their worst performance in two years. If the momentary market sputter turns into something worse, it could become awkward for President Trump. He has repeatedly claimed credit for the surging stock market, and gave the markets a high-profile mention at his State of the Union address last week. At its recent peak, the S. & P. 500 was up 27 percent since Mr. Trump took office. But that number has slipped with the recent sell-off to roughly 20 percent.
To distract from the tanking market — a metric for success Trump set for himself — the President of the United States today called Democrats "treasonous" for not clapping for him hard enough during the State of the Union...
Trump took aim at Democratic members of Congress who refused to applaud during his speech when he mentioned his achievements over the past year. "Can we call that treason? Why not?" the president said during a speech in Ohio. "They certainly didn't seem to love our country very much."
...after going full "who will rid me of this meddlesome priest!" on Rep. Adam Schiff earlier in the day:
Little Adam Schiff, who is desperate to run for higher office, is one of the biggest liars and leakers in Washington, right up there with Comey, Warner, Brennan and Clapper! Adam leaves closed committee hearings to illegally leak confidential information. Must be stopped!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 5, 2018
It's tweets and twats until a member of Congress gets shot by a deranged lunatic who thinks he's doing the president's bidding.