Even as Americans have moved on to the latest series of crises surrounding Donald Trump and his instability, Trump himself is still hung up on Morongate. Days after it was revealed that Trump’s Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had called him a “moron” behind his back, Trump is still publicly obsessing over the matter. Shortly after Trump declared that he’s smarter than Tillerson, he went on to prove otherwise by using a word that doesn’t exist.
This morning it was revealed that Trump said the following to Forbes Magazine regarding Tillerson having called him a moron: “I think it’s fake news, but if he did that, I guess we’ll have to compare IQ tests, and I can tell you who is going to win.” (link). Tillerson was never accusing Trump of having a low IQ, and instead called him a moron due to his stupidly inappropriate behavior. But after Trump’s interview went public, we got to the serendipitous part.
Trump tweeted “The Failing @nytimes set Liddle’ Bob Corker up by recording his conversation. Was made to sound a fool, and that’s what I am dealing with!” First, it needs to be pointed out that this is not at all what happened. Conversations of this type are routinely recorded with the interview subject’s knowledge, so Trump is inventing an imaginary controversy. Then there’s the part where he made up a new word because he couldn’t figure out what he was trying to say.
Senator Corker is a fairly short guy, so Trump was clearly trying to make fun of his height. But Donald Trump’s use of the imaginary word Liddle – particularly with a random apostrophe after it – has set off widespread debate on Twitter as to which real word he might have intended. Some think he misspelled Little. Others have argued that he was aiming for lil’ which would explain the apostrophe, while still others believe he meant Widdle and was randomly trying to sound like Elmer Fudd. In any case, so much for Trump having a high IQ. He doesn’t even know how words work – and he may now think he’s a cartoon character.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report