Here's a brief list of trademark Donald Trump things: the hair, the baggy suits, the long tie, the orange clown makeup, "you're fired," the stubby fingers and, yes, Trump likes to act as the judge, jury and executioner for anyone he happens to have a petty grievance with. Let's focus on that last thing for a few minutes because it's one of the primary reasons why he became president in the first place.
Not only did the Trump campaign launch its general election effort on the catchphrase, "Lock her up," but indicting and convicting Hillary Clinton in the court of public opinion has been one of Trump's most infamous tactics for nearly three years. Even during the second presidential debate with Hillary, Trump told her to her face she'd end up "in jail" if he becomes president.
His ongoing point is that Hillary obviously is guilty of something email-related and that's that. I'm convinced Trump isn't capable of fully explaining what Hillary did to find herself under scrutiny in 2015-16, but he's said on numerous occasions, at rallies and on Twitter, that she "bleached" or "acid washed" her computer. Whatever that means. The chances that Trump is merely repeating what he heard on Fox News without having any legitimate understanding of "bleaching" a hard drive is extremely likely. In fact, I doubt he knows exactly what a hard drive is.
Nevertheless, Trump built his general election campaign by not merely suggesting Hillary was a crook, but by convicting her while on the stump.
We've seen this before. Trump's enemies list is always growing, and his baseless accusations against his perceived enemies is exponentially longer.
The so-called Central Park Five were among his many targets: in 1989 four African-American youths and an Hispanic teen were accused of attacking and raping a jogger in Central Park. The teens were eventually exonerated with DNA evidence, but not before Trump launched a public jihad against the five, going so far as to take out a full-page ad in The New York Times and the city's other papers calling for the death penalty. Among other hideous remarks, Trump said in the ad, "They should be forced to suffer." The five teens were innocent, yet Trump repeated, as recently as October of 2016, that the five were guilty, that they should've been put to death, and that their sentences should never have been overturned.
These are just a pair of examples out of perhaps thousands, which is why one of Trump's tweets over the weekend was so confounding.
First of all, it was an easy bet that Trump would take sides with the accused abusers rather than expressing any sympathy whatsoever for the victims. As Trump once said about pop-star Chris Brown, "A beater is always a beater." Likewise, Trump seems to always take sides with the villains of the world, be they Vladimir Putin, Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines, the Nazis in Charlottesville or former White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter.
But Trump wants due process now, which completely negates everything he's saying about his current roster of enemies, which now includes the FBI and the Department of Justice. Speaking of which, Trump followed up his "due process" tweet by tweeting a quote from a Fox News analyst:
Simply put, Trump called for "due process" instead of a rush to judgment, and then followed it up by rushing to judgment against the FBI and the DOJ without any due process at all -- just like he's been doing since late 2016 when he compared the intelligence community to Nazi Germany.
This isn't a case in which Trump revises his position after months or years of soul-searching and analysis of new information (Trump does neither), this brain-liquefying contradiction happened on the same morning in the form of three back-to-back messages posted to his Twitter timeline.
If Trump is so concerned about due process, the second two tweets never should've been posted. But they did, which means Trump only cares about due process when it comes to women accusing men of physical, emotional or sexual abuse. The women, but not Trump himself, should be required to go through proper legal and judicial channels generally considered to be due process. Trump, on the other hand, can screech whatever "mere allegation" he wants without any due process at all, tainting future litigation and circumventing due process with a very public spectacle, skewed by the well-circulated word of the president, effectively leaning his doughy bulk upon the scales of justice.
And he's not going to stop. Despite his demand for due process, Trump will continue to be Trump. He'll continue to tell his disciples that everyone, including his own female accusers, as well as the intelligence community, sitting members of Congress and, as always, "Crooked Hillary" are guilty as hell. It's what he does. The women, however, are being held to a double-standard and screwed over by Trump again.