You’d think logic trumps all ― except when it comes to Donald Trump.
On Monday the president took to Twitter to lash out against news leaks from White House staffers like the one reported last week regarding Kelly Sadler’s remark that the opinion of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is meaningless because “he’s dying anyway.”
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
Trump’s anger is clear, but the tweet was a little confusing, as Twitter users helpfully pointed out, starting with CNN anchor Jake Tapper.
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
Tapper wasn’t the only one who picked up on the underlying contradiction of Trump’s tweet.
"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
So it’s a totally fake problem AND a very serious real problem. Got it.
— Erik Larson (@eelarson) May 14, 2018
Others had questions. Lots of questions.
So the leaks are "so-called" so they're not leaks? If they're not leaks how can they be over-exaggerated? How does one "over-exaggerate" an exaggeration, anyways? But the leaks are real so you'll get the leakers?
Jesus, your stupid is just exhausting. https://t.co/4QuAKrMleY
— Real Fake P0TUS (@RF_P0TUS) May 14, 2018
So, your point is "These leaks didn't happen and we're going to put in prison anyone we find who did leak these non-leaks". GOT IT.
— TheWeekInTrump (@TheWeekInTrump) May 14, 2018
Lordy, if the leaks are fake why do they all turn out to be true? Trump is a moron. It's going to take some real luck to get through the Trump crazy without having America being permanently damaged.
— John Oberlin (@OMGno2trump) May 14, 2018
One man pointed out the topsy-turvy message in the president’s tweet.
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
One person offered advice to Trump on finding who’s responsible.
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
You've got "so-called leaks" like the Titanic had "so-called leaks".
— Scott Evans (@ScotttheHoople) May 14, 2018
Others rephrased Trump’s tweet in a way that made more sense.
the food here is awful and the portions are too small
— Popehat (@Popehat) May 14, 2018
- This article originally appeared on HuffPost.
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