President Trump contradicting himself is as much a news piece as a meteorologist exclaiming “Outside, there is weather,” but sometimes it’s still worth covering. Take, for instance, this gem that he put out into the universe on May 14, 2018:
The so-called leaks coming out of the White House are a massive over exaggeration put out by the Fake News Media in order to make us look as bad as possible. With that being said, leakers are traitors and cowards, and we will find out who they are!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 14, 2018
Did you catch the contradiction? Trump is calling leakers “traitors and cowards” while in the same string of nonsense assuring that “so-called leaks” coming from the White House are being exaggerated by “Fake News Media.” So, it’s our job to decide whether the White House has sprung a leak or the FNM is making the leaks up. We live in a confusing time.
While it’s far from uncommon for the Twitter-verse to react to a Trumpism, they came out in full force to try and figure out exactly what the president was saying. Bloomberg News reporter Erik Larson picked up on the contradiction, calling it a “totally fake” and “very serious real problem.”
So it’s a totally fake problem AND a very serious real problem. Got it.
— Erik Larson (@eelarson) May 14, 2018
The Young Turks host John Iadarola and CNN anchor Jake Tapper also weighed in on the president’s tweet, pointing out the irony in it.
“We must, at all costs, hunt down these leaking traitors who totally don't exist and it's not a big deal really.” https://t.co/18MtuLRvTg
— John Iadarola (@johniadarola) May 14, 2018
The leakers are traitors and cowards but what they're leaking is being exaggerated by the media. Got it. https://t.co/OAVswuy3JV
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) May 14, 2018
Voice actor and writer at Funimation, Eric Veiled, stepped in with an explanation for Trump on how the concept of “fake” works.
You don’t need to find something that is fake, Donnie. If it’s fake, it’s not real and therefore cannot be found. Unless what is fake is actually real. Hm.
— Eric Vale (@ericvale) May 15, 2018
Included in the more than 40,000 responses Trump’s tweet received was a clever call back to the 1972 song from the O’Jays, “Back Stabbers.”
Maybe it's Pence. “He smiles in your face, all the while he wants to take your place.”
— CathyO (@cathyob1) May 15, 2018
Some, like former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti, were less humorous in their responses, but still drove home the message of the president’s hypocrisy.
In Trump's opinion, his staff member who made fun of John McCain's terminal illness isn't a “traitor,” but the people who told the press about it are. https://t.co/CLtD4hjYdT
— Renato Mariotti (@renato_mariotti) May 14, 2018
And if Trump is confused on how to pinpoint the so-called “leakers,” he received a little advice from a few Twitter users.
How to Find the Leaker in 4 Steps:
1) Close your eyes
2) Stand in front of a mirror
3) Open your eyes
4) There’s your leaker!
— Troll Cat (@2p2TrollCat) May 14, 2018
Your staff = your leaks = traitors and cowards you employ. You can't even find your own dick under your giant flabby gut, you won't ever know who the whistleblowers are, but if by chance you do, it's illegal to fire them. If you weren't such a moron, you'd know that already.
— Kvetch22 (@_tmzeevil) May 15, 2018
All in all, it was a good day for Twitter and a busy day for MAGA supporters looking to denounce every “liberal snowflake” that was keen enough to realize President Trump’s tweet made absolutely no sense.
the food here is awful and the portions are too small
— Popehat (@Popehat) May 14, 2018
H/T: The Huffington Post, Twitter