President Donald Trump got his Mar-a-Lago Florida Thanksgiving started on Twitter.
As is often the case, his tweets are generating some controversy, the Daily Mail reports.
Trump got the tweets started with a few platitudes at 6:28 a.m. He wrote that the "country is starting to do really well," said jobs are coming back, the stock market is higher than ever, and that America's military is strong.
His second tweet, at 6:31 .a.m, was his familiar slogan, "MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!"
He tweeted the exact same thing again at 6:44, but the timing was controversial, because it was right after Washington Post writer Greg Sargent tweeted a link to his Nov. 22 article accusing Trump of "going out of his way" to attack African-Americans.
So it appeared as if Trump was saying that he was making American great again by attacking African-Americans.
The opening paragraph of Sargent's article reads: "Let's be clear about this: President Trump regularly goes out of his way to attack prominent African Americans not just to 'stoke the culture wars,' as this euphemism often has it -- but, more precisely, to stoke the sense among many of his supporters that the system is unfairly rigged on behalf of minorities, and that he's here to put things right."
One of the examples Sargent cites is the case of LaVar Ball, whose son was arrested by Chinese authorities for shoplifting while overseas on a college trip.
The Trump administration intervened on the boy's behalf, negotiating his release, but Trump accused Ball of not thanking him, then tweeted that he should've left his son in jail.
"It wasn't the White House, it wasn't the State Department, it wasn't father LaVar's so-called people on the ground in China that got his son out of a long term prison sentence -- IT WAS ME," Trump boasted in his Nov. 22 tweet, before going on to calling Ball names. "Too bad! LaVar is just a poor man's version of Don King, but without the hair. Just think LaVar, you could have spent the next 5 to 10 years during Thanksgiving with your son in China, but no NBA contract to support you. But remember LaVar, shoplifting is NOT a little thing. It's a really big deal, especially in China. Ungrateful fool!"
Sargent's article also cited Trump's feud with Democratic Rep. Frederica S. Wilson of Florida, who criticized how he handled a bereavement call with a military widow.
Sargent's final example was NFL star Marshawn Lynch, who was tweet-shamed on Nov. 21 by Trump: "Marshawn Lynch of the NFL's Oakland Raiders stands for the Mexican Anthem and sits down to boos for our National Anthem. Great disrespect! Next time NFL should suspend him for remainder of season."
Trump's Nov. 22 tweet about Ball also registered his disapproval of the NFL's newly-announced idea for how to deal with protesting players.
"NFL is now thinking about a new idea -- keeping teams in the Locker Room during the National Anthem next season," Trump wrote. "That's almost as bad as kneeling! When will the highly paid Commissioner finally get tough and smart? This issue is killing your league!"
Sargent's article concluded that "it would be deeply unfair to Trump to suggest that this constitutes a pattern of race-baiting on his part, and deeply unfair to his supporters to suggest that such a pattern might be designed to resonate with them, if that pattern existed at all, which it doesn't."