A Tweet Too Far for Trump [OPINION]
President Trump has perfected the art of the tweet. He can rapid-fire respond to a detractor or fake news story quicker than a snowflake on a Tide Pod bender. Better yet, Trump knows how to set the debate by tweeting out a red meat message that sends the mainstream media into an absolute tizzy.
I love Trump's tweets. Trump has figured out a way to get his message directly to the people without it being filtered by biased editors and reporters. But sometimes Trump crosses a line and takes it just a bit too far, such as in this week's Twitter storm over Attorney General William Barr's rejection of sentencing recommendations for Roger Stone.
Trump, a victim of the corrupt deep state and the media himself, understands how Stone was used by dirty Department of Justice investigators to get to him and now they want to punish Stone in a much too severe manner than is called for under DOJ guidelines. But by tweeting support for Barr's decision, Trump puts the A.G. in a difficult position by making it appear as though he is doing the bidding of the president.
Barr has asked Trump to stop tweeting about active cases, saying it "makes it impossible for me to do my job." Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell says Trump should listen to Barr's advice and Trump ally Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) has also advised the president to put a lid on it.
Trump's tweets are usually perfectly placed but if the president is looking for justice to be done, he must get out of the way and refrain from commenting on ongoing investigations or he risks placing those investigations in jeopardy.
Barry Richard is the host of The Barry Richard Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from noon to 3 p.m. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @BarryJRichard58. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.