Donald Trump posted several tweets to his official Twitter account today, some of them mean and angry, some of them gracious, some of them misspelled. But a quick analysis of those tweets reveals that he didn’t write a single one of them. So what’s really going on? Why is Trump no longer tweeting in the wake of his humiliating failure in the Alabama election? Why is his staff so panicked that it’s been tweeting for him all day? Let’s look for some answers.
For instance it’s painfully obvious that Trump didn’t write this tweet: “If last night’s election proved anything, it proved that we need to put up GREAT Republican candidates to increase the razor thin margins in both the House and Senate.” That’s not how Trump talks to begin with. Nor does he understand things like margins. More importantly, he didn’t write this one either: “Wow, more than 90% of Fake News Media coverage of me is negative, with numerous forced retractions of untrue stories. Hence my use of Social Media, the only way to get the truth out. Much of Mainstream Meadia has become a joke!”
Yes, it’s angry and whiny and ranting, like most of Trump’s tweets. But the dead giveaway is “Mainstream Meadia.” Trump misspells a lot of words in his tweets, but they’re always the things that autocorrect can’t catch, such as “there” vs “they’re” or “hereby” vs “hear by.” Autocorrect would have corrected “Meadia” to “Media.”
Some would argue that autocorrect is less likely to intrude when a word is capitalized because it thinks it’s a proper noun, and this is generally true. But just a few words earlier, autocorrect got “Social Media” correct – meaning that it would also have gotten “Mainstream Media” correct. In other words, this was an intentional spelling error aimed at impersonating the not-so-literate Trump.
There have been times, after Donald Trump’s biggest embarrassments and most devastating bombshell scandals, that he’s remained away from Twitter. His staff begs him not to make it worse by tweeting explosive garbage, and he knows they’re right, so he reluctantly agrees – for a few days, until he changes his mind. So it’s not shocking to see him go quiet on Twitter during this humiliating period. But why is his staff posting so many impersonating tweets to his account today? It’s as if they’re trying to overcompensate, because there’s even more going wrong behind the scenes than we know about.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report