Amid a presidential tweetstorm Saturday morning, President Trump shared a passage from a weeks-old news article likening him to a vengeful king.
Trump tweeted a section of a Feb. 1 New York Times story about his Senate impeachment acquittal in which reporter Peter Baker wrote, "Ralph Waldo Emerson seemed to foresee the lesson of the Senate Impeachment Trial of President Trump. ‘When you strike at the King, Emerson famously said, “you must kill him.’ Mr. Trump’s foes struck at him but did not take him down. A triumphant Mr. Trump emerges from the biggest test of his presidency emboldened, ready to claim exoneration, and take his case of grievance, persecution and resentment to the campaign trail.”
Trump added his own commentary, "The Greatest Witch Hunt In American History!"
The president's tweet was part of an assortment of unrelated commentary and videos he shared before he headed to his private golf course in West Palm Beach, Florida.
“Ralph Waldo Emerson seemed to foresee the lesson of the Senate Impeachment Trial of President Trump. ‘When you strike at the King, Emerson famously said, “you must kill him.’ Mr. Trump’s foes struck at him but did not take him down. A triumphant Mr.Trump emerges from the.....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 15, 2020
He credited Fox News' Laura Ingraham with a gripe over the Justice Department's decision not to prosecute Andrew McCabe, the former FBI deputy director who Trump views as a political enemy for authorizing an investigation into the president's possible obstruction of justice.
He retweeted a video of an alleged antifa member threatening physical harm to San Francisco Republican John Dennis, who is running against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.
And the president shared a 5-year-old video of the Republican mayor of Georgetown, Texas, accidentally leaving his microphone on when he left a public meeting to use the bathroom.
In the last example, Trump retweeted Paul Samuel, or @PaulSam27131285, of Biggleswade, England, who shared the old clip on Friday with the comment, "THIS IS HILARIOUS."
It's unclear whether Trump was aware that the majority of Samuel's other tweets are dedicated to mocking the U.S. president.
"I have no doubt that @realDonaldTrump will be recorded as the most corrupt POTUS in US history," Samuel tweeted Saturday morning with an altered image of Trump with a pig's snout.
The original video, which went viral in 2015, showed Georgetown Mayor Dale Ross excusing himself to use the bathroom. But he forgot to turn off his microphone, broadcasting his bodily functions to the meeting. The video shows a council member in the midst of discussing infectious diseases breaking into laughter.
Trump, who has long used Twitter to communicate his thoughts and grievances, has been on a retweeting spree of late, sharing commentary from a California sex therapist, a clip from the HBO show “Curb Your Enthusiasm” parodying Trump supporters - which the president seemed to take sincerely - and a video of jaguars lying in the sun.