Hot off the press: actor Edward Norton took to Twitter today with an analysis of Donald Trump’s situation, informed by his knowledge of federal prosecution and the card game poker. Let’s have a look.

What does Edward Norton’s Twitter have to say?

In a series of posts published today (10:10am GMT, 20 November), on Twitter, Edward Norton laid out his take on Trump’s current situation

In the thread, Norton draws on his lived experience of playing poker with what he refers to as “serious players”, and growing up with a federal prosecutor for a father. Norton claims that Trump’s recent actions are not, as some have suggested, “laying the groundwork for his own network”.

Norton also disagrees with the notion that “chaos is what he (Trump) loves”. Rather, Norton argues, Trump “knows he’s in deep, multi-dimensional legal jeopardy & this defines his every action.”

Norton’s Twitter thread goes on to accuse Trump of deliberately stoking “fear of irreparable damage to the system” in order to facilitate a “Nixon-style deal in exchange for finally conceding.”

The actor views Trump’s situation through the lens of a poker game. He recognises Trump’s various bluffs: “the flop”, his “‘turn card’ bluff”, his “‘river card’ bluff” and, ultimately, “a desperate endgame”.

Reactions to Edward Norton Twitter thread

So far, the original tweet has received over 120,000 Likes – and counting (it has only been online for six hours).

While the escalation of likes and retweets suggests overwhelming support, Norton has his critics. One dismisses him as an armchair psychoanalyst.

Another comment attempts to pull the wind from Norton’s sails by criticising the Democratic Party. 

However, it is worth noting that Edward Norton says nothing of supporting the Democratic Party in the post.

On the other hand, one user praised Norton for his articulation and accuracy: 

Meanwhile, another continued the conversation by asking who might truly benefit from Trump’s lawsuits.

How does the Twitter thread conclude?

Norton finishes up with an appeal to his followers to “Call. His. Bluff.” The hashtag #CallHisBluff is trending as a result.

Based on his “faith in the strength of our sacred institutions & founding principles”, Norton is confident that “they will hold”.

Donald Trump has not yet commented on Edward Norton’s thread.

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