Despite claiming that he hasn’t really been impeached yet tweeting about his innocence constantly, Donald Trump is still raging about the whistleblower who brought the conversation between Trump and Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky to public attention.

Worse, his “Trump War Room” Twitter account tweeted out a Washington Examiner article that published the alleged name of the whistleblower in the headline, and Trump retweeted that from his personal account.

Trump War Room tweet linking to an article that allegedly names the whistleblower

The Trump War Room tweet pushes the bizarre idea that “the CIA ‘whistleblower’ is not a real whistleblower.” Regardless of any hairsplitting over the definition of a whistleblower, the fact remains that naming this individual exposes them and their family to harassment and retaliation and could deter potential future individuals from blowing the whistle when they should.

Hence why many reputable news outlets have declined to publish the name that has been circulated by certain right-wing websites. That plus the fact that the name being circulated has not been verified to be that of the actual whistleblower and could be some random uninvolved person.

According to the Daily Beast, Trump had discussed whether he should publicly tweet this name with “various friends, media figures, and senior administration officials,” but several had advised him not to as it would be “counterproductive and unnecessary.”

Is anyone surprised that he was unable to follow this advice?

The Trump War Room account tweeted the Washington Examiner article in response to a post by the whistleblower’s lawyer, Mark Zaid, who said that “Senate Whistleblower Caucus should protect
#whistleblowers, not attack them.” This seems like a reasonable request for the Senate Whistleblower Caucus, but of course, if a whistleblower’s not a whistleblower, you can do whatever you want, right?

Unfortunately for Trump, and as his advisers predicted, people are not reacting well to the president participating in the outing of a possible whistleblower.

Not a good look, guys.

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*First Published: December 27, 2019, 12:50 pm