Trump’s foes need to stop falling for his Twitter sideshow

Sigh: It’s on again — the mass freakout over one of President Trump’s over-the-top tweets.

This time, Trump reacted to accounts about how it’s the nation’s governors, not him, who’ll be reopening the economy with: “Tell the Democrat Governors that ‘Mutiny On The Bounty’ was one of my all-time favorite movies,” he tweeted Tuesday. “A good old fashioned mutiny every now and then is an exciting and invigorating thing to watch, especially when the mutineers need so much from the Captain. Too easy!”

Cue 1,000 think pieces about how the country works, endless TV-pundit chin-tugging and finger-wagging and an avalanche of Twitter outrage. Was he threatening to withhold supplies? To hang “mutineers” from the yard-arm?

C’mon: It’s a joke, if a lame one. Who else would compare himself to the villainous Captain Bligh? A thought struck his mind, he pulled out his phone and tossed a stinkbomb. Trump still thinks he’s a television pundit, not an elected official. He doesn’t have an “edit” button, and nothing will change that — not time, not winning the nation’s highest office, not even complaints from his favorite newspaper.

It’s what he does, and it often has little to do with actual policy. As regular Post contributor Salena Zito once put it: The press takes Trump literally but not figuratively; his followers take him figuratively but not literally.

And they’re all laughing along right with him over the imagery of a President Bligh.

We wish he’d do less of it, especially in this time of crisis. But Trump is Trump; tomorrow will bring another tweet. Yet in the end he and the governors will coordinate on reopening as they have throughout, and this sideshow will be forgotten along with all the others.

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