Dan Rather
This is apparently what the President of the United States feels the need to share with the world at what should be long past his bedtime? It's a disgrace. It's racist. And it's the product of petty but dangerous hatreds. I repeat this is the PRESIDENT??!?

Donald J. Trump
Lebron James was just interviewed by the dumbest man on television, Don Lemon. He made Lebron look smart, which isn’t easy to do. I like Mike!

I came across this tweet in this article: Celebs – and the first lady – are reacting to President Trump’s tweet about LeBron James, and no one’s happy.

I don't quite understand "what should be long past his bedtime". I figure it refers to something that the President thought through his bedtime. But I have no confidence about it.

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What should be his bedtime is some time by which he should be asleep, for example 10 pm.

What should be long past his bedtime is some time long after the time by which he should be asleep, for example 2 am.

The writer is continuing a joke about Trump. Trump has a history of late-night Twitter rants.

“I like three hours, four hours, I toss, I turn, I beep-de-beep, I want to find out what’s going on,” he said last year in Illinois. But instead of picking up a paper, he’s now more likely to indulge a new early-morning vice—off-the-cuff tweeting. (That might be the “beep-de-beep” he’s talking about.)

Some of @RealDonaldTrump’s nocturnal submissions have made the news: His slams against Megyn Kelly (3:53 a.m.), accusations that Ted Cruz committed fraud in Iowa (1:38 a.m.), the denunciation of Alicia Machado (5:30 a.m.). They’re also a series of valuable data points about a presidential candidate’s sleep cycle—a ping that, yes, Donald Trump is awake and restless.

Source: What Trump Tweets While America Sleeps

He's often ridiculed for this behavior.

  • Does it also have the implication "acting like an over-tired child" as pointed out in the other answers?
    – dan
    Aug 5, 2018 at 23:12
  • You could argue that. I didn’t read into it that deeply. I just read it as he should have been sleeping instead of tweeting.
    – Em.
    Aug 6, 2018 at 2:26

When children are excessively tired because they have been allowed to stay up beyond their regular bedtime, they may behave in annoying or silly ways, including making ill-judged or stupid remarks. The person whom you quote intended to convey the opinion that the President was acting like an over-tired child who should have gone to bed a long time before.

  • Can you help to explain it in more detail? Thanks!
    – dan
    Aug 5, 2018 at 9:29
  • Ah! Now I get it. But shouldn't it be at what should have been long past his bedtime? Aug 5, 2018 at 9:54
  • Present tense matching: 'what the President feels' ... at what should be long past his bedtime'. Aug 5, 2018 at 9:56

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