Of the many indignities of the Trump presidency, one of the most pernicious has been his willingness to lend a presidential cosign to tweets from the worst people online. He’s signal-boosted anti-semitic memes, conspiracy theorists, and violent, bottom-tier political cartoons. It’s all a function of his remarkable lack of shame and his ongoing quest for immediate validation, the sort of self-insulating echo chamber that leads to aides delivering positive press reports to his desk daily or continuing his campaign rallies even though, you know, he should be doing actual presidential work.
This morning, old “butterfingers” Trump smashed that RT for a man named Mike Holden, who, like so many Americans, derives a small source of joy by hopping in major news networks’ mentions to talk shit about our dumb president. Generally, beneath any news story about the president, comes a long tail of partisan bickering, memes, and name-calling, all of which coalesces to form the president’s view not just of himself but also of the American populace. And so it came to be that the 45th president of the United States informed his 36 million followers:
Did Trump mean to instead retweet the Fox & Friends story, which detailed Trump’s troubling comments about pardoning an Arizona sheriff convicted of racial profiling? Sure. He later undid the RT and instead posted the story above it, but the moment has been preserved in amber by Holden himself, who seems to be enjoying his new fame:
Still, the mis-retweet was a wonderful addition in a hot streak of vacation tweeting from the commander in chief, who, in between rounds of golf and 48-hour-long spells of contemplating whether or not Nazis are bad, has been doing some next-level shit-posting lately:
Of course, it was only a week ago that he started using the popular micro-blogging platform to instigate a game of nuclear brinksmanship. His 17-day vacation still has almost a week left, so he’s got plenty of time to tweet the launch codes or personally insult Xi Jinping or something.