With Acosta in crosshairs, Trump unleashes tweet barrage at everything else he can think of

On the morning after his labor secretary gave a poorly-reviewed explanation of the sweetheart deal struck with child sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein in Miami 11 years ago — which was immediately disputed by Florida state officials — President Trump began a multi-tweet rant on a host of unrelated subjects that seemed intended to shift attention away from the controversy.

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NEW YORK, NY - JULY 08: US Attorney for the Southern District of New York Geoffrey Berman announces charges against Jeffery Epstein on July 8, 2019 in New York City. Epstein will be charged with one count of sex trafficking of minors and one count of conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking of minors. (Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 08: US Attorney for the Southern District of New York Geoffrey Berman announces charges against billionaire financier Jeffery Epstein on July 8, 2019 in New York City. Epstein will be charged with one count of sex trafficking of minors and one count of conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking of minors. (Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JULY 08: Two of the purported victims of multi-millionaire Jeffrey Epstein, Michelle Licata (L) and Courtney Wild leave a Manhattan court house after a hearing on sex trafficking charges for financier Jeffrey Epstein on July 08, 2019 in New York City. Epstein is charged with having operated a sex trafficking ring in which he sexually abused dozens of underage girls. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 08: Two of Jeffrey Epstein's alleged victims, Michelle Licata (L) and Courtney Wild (R), exit the courthouse after the billionaire financier appeared for a hearing on July 8, 2019 in New York City. According to reports, Epstein will be charged with one count of sex trafficking of minors and one count of conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking of minors. (Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)
In this courtroom artist's sketch, defendant Jeffrey Epstein, center, sits with attorneys Martin Weinberg, left, and Marc Fernich during his arraignment in New York federal court, Monday, July 8, 2019. Epstein pleaded not guilty to federal sex trafficking charges. The 66-year-old is accused of creating and maintaining a network that allowed him to sexually exploit and abuse dozens of underage girls from 2002 to 2005. (Elizabeth Williams via AP)
NEW YORK, US - JULY 08: David Boies, attorney for the alleged sex victims of the US financier Jeffreey Epstein case, delivers a speech to the media outside the United States Federal Court on July 08, 2019 in New York, United States. (Photo by Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 08: A residence belonging to Jeffrey Epstein at East 71st street is seen on the Upper East Side of Manhattan on July 8, 2019 in New York City. According to reports, Epstein is charged with running a sex-trafficking operation out of his opulent mansion. (Photo by Kevin Hagen/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 08: Prosecutors exit the room after US Attorney for the Southern District of New York Geoffrey Berman announces charges against Jeffery Epstein on July 8, 2019 in New York City. Epstein will be charged with one count of sex trafficking of minors and one count of conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking of minors. (Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 08: Member of the press listen as US Attorney for the Southern District of New York Geoffrey Berman announces charges against Jeffery Epstein on July 8, 2019 in New York City. Epstein will be charged with one count of sex trafficking of minors and one count of conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking of minors. (Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 08: A protest group called "Hot Mess" hold up signs of Jeffrey Epstein and President Donald Trump in front of the Federal courthouse on July 8, 2019 in New York City. According to reports, Epstein will be charged with one count of sex trafficking of minors and one count of conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking of minors. (Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)
United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York Geoffrey Berman speaks during a news conference, in New York, Monday, July 8, 2019. Federal prosecutors announced sex trafficking and conspiracy charges against wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein. Court documents unsealed Monday show Epstein is charged with creating and maintaining a network that allowed him to sexually exploit and abuse dozens of underage girls.(AP Photo/Richard Drew)
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Trump began his morning at 6:48 a.m. ET by announcing he would hold a Rose Garden news conference at the conclusion of a “social media summit” with mostly right-wing figures who claim their views are censored by Twitter and Facebook. Multiple news organizations reported that he is planning to announce an executive order to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. That would appear to defy a ruling by the Supreme Court last month that said the administration had failed to provide a good-faith justification for the change.

In his tweets, the president predicted that the news media will effectively endorse him for a second term because he’s more entertaining than Democratic alternatives, employing his usual insults to refer to former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Elizabeth Warren and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

It wasn’t immediately obvious what he meant by “(1000/24th)” in reference to Warren. The Massachusetts senator has faced questions about her claims to Cherokee descent and released the results of a DNA test that indicated Native American forebears six to 10 generations back. If Trump intended to mock that claim, he appears to have gotten the fraction reversed.

Trump has referred to himself as a “stable genius” frequently, and in at least one other tweet in the past paid homage to his own “great” looks.

For the second time this week, Trump attempted to give oxygen to a controversy that barely made the local news in St. Louis Park, Minn., where the city council voted to stop saying the pledge at allegiance at meetings. The president’s favorite morning news show, “Fox & Friends,” covered the story Monday.

He then relayed positive quotes about his economic policies from the Wall Street Journal and president of BET.

Trump moved on to a New York Times story about his real estate career — from May — that asserted “most Wall Street banks had stopped doing business with him.”

He pointed out, correctly, that congressional Democrats had displayed an outdated picture of migrant children at a hearing on the border crisis. The photo was taken in 2014, during former President Barack Obama’s second term.

The president concluded his Twitter run, at least as of 10:04 a.m, with a misleading attack on Democrats and former special counsel Robert Mueller, who is set to testify before Congress next week. Mueller’s report did not find “no obstruction,” despite Trump’s repeated false claims.

In defending the non-prosecution agreement entered into by his office, Acosta laid blame on the Palm Beach attorney’s office for not seeking to charge Epstein with crimes that would result in jail time.

But Barry Krischer, the Palm Beach County attorney in 2007, took issue with Acosta’s version of events, telling the Associated Press that Acosta “should not be allowed to rewrite history.”

“If Mr. Acosta was truly concerned with the state’s case and felt he had to rescue the matter,” Krischer said, “he would have moved forward with the 53-page indictment that his own office drafted.”

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