On Sunday, October 14, President Donald Trump surprised many by tweeting his congratulations to Princess Eugenie on her nuptials in England. In the well-intentioned tweet, he said she looked beautiful and left some scratching their heads by referencing past hardships.
Princess Eugenie of York was a truly beautiful bride yesterday. She has been through so much, and has come out a total winner!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 14, 2018
Trump actually made a small error right off the bat—the wedding was on Friday, not the day before (Saturday) as he claimed. That’s an easy fact-check one might think the President would check with someone before tweeting out, but ultimately a minor detail.
Wrong again. Her wedding was Friday.
— ✨Mimi✨ (@MaryPMurray) October 14, 2018
Many also took issue with his claim that Princess Eugenie had been through “so much,” when, in the grand scheme of things, she has been born with an enormous amount of privilege (though, of course, all people have their own burdens to bear).
How she’s managed to get through the struggle of being born in to ultimate privilege is beyond me. You are so strong Eugenie.
— Graham (@agent2_design) October 14, 2018
So, her incredible privilege, her wealth, her personal & professional connections, her education, access to cash & asserts beyond most people’s wildest dreams.
Yes, a nasty op as a child & her parents divorce. Neither great.
Where are you going with this tweet oh great one?
— Lynette (@Lynettejane) October 14, 2018
Most people responding to Trump, however, were wondering why he’s focused on Princess Eugenie’s wedding while the Florida panhandle is struggling to recover from Hurricane Michael.
Meanwhile there are hundreds of people missing in Florida from a Hurricane that you seem to be ignoring, or putting on the backburner for tweets about a princess.
— Brian Krassenstein (@krassenstein) October 14, 2018
Did Princess Eugenie have her house destroyed by Hurricane Michael?
— IMK (@Insuremekevin) October 14, 2018
What? How about you focus on the hurricane recovery!
— Ryan Hill (@RyanHillMI) October 14, 2018
With 18 dead, experts are predicting the recovery process will be long and difficult for those whose homes were in the path of the hurricane.
Meanwhile, many on Twitter feel Trump’s attention is on other things:
No one has been through more than the victims/families of Hurricane Michael! Not a word from you in days. Sad…..
— Juanita Clark (@Juanita71013778) October 14, 2018
Why don’t you share the same concern for the citizens of thi country that have been through the worst hurricane imaginable? Now you’re throwing praises at this woman spare me. Many Americans have been through far worse than what she’s gone through and you say nothing about us!
— Rae (@RaeMargaret61) October 14, 2018
Though far less harmful than his insulting or disparaging tweets, many around the world were confounded by Trump’s tweet, its timing, and its seeming lack of perspective.
Most people in life experience bad health, grief and divorce. Nothing unusual.
— Melinda Hughes (@melhugsopera) October 14, 2018
It is getting pretty much impossible to predict who and what Trump is gonna support or attack.
This one is certainly left field. Now I need to Google wtf Princess Eugenie has been through ♂️ https://t.co/MmQKulaYg8
— Carrick Ryan (@realCarrickRyan) October 14, 2018
One British Twitter user seemed to sum up the U.K.’s feelings pretty succinctly: you’ve got better things to be focusing on, President Trump.
Trump go away we don’t like you so stop sucking up to our royal family ♀️ https://t.co/ptmBuNDyel
— spookaylacorn (@KaylaBraid90) October 15, 2018