Late Sunday evening, cyberbully in chief Donald Trump fired off what may rank among his most “rediculous” tweets of recent weeks.
The president-elect’s claim was straightforward — and absolutely absurd.
‘If my many supporters acted and threatened people like those who lost the election are doing, they would be scorned & called terrible names!’
If my many supporters acted and threatened people like those who lost the election are doing, they would be scorned & called terrible names!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 18, 2016
Of course, the thing is, “threatening people” is exactly what Trump’s supporters have been doing since Election Day. There has been a historical spike in everything from hate crimes to visibility of white supremacy — read “neo-Nazism” — since Trump won the presidency just over one month ago.
Clinton supporters, whom Trump called “those who lost the election,” have had no part in any of the hate and violence that directed at minority communities in the U.S. in recent weeks.
And yet, Trump found it in himself to claim the opposite — that his supporters are the peaceful ones, while those who don’t support him are the violent ones.
And oh boy did Twitter rip the president-elect over this wild claim.
David G. McAfee’s rant in response to Trump’s tweet is definitely worth reading in full.
McAfee is an activist dedicated to “promoting reason, the scientific method, & empirically sound decision-making in modern politics” according to the Twitter bio of an organization he founded.
McAfee said in part, in a rant sitting among the top comments on Trump’s Sunday evening tweet:
‘I don’t know if you watch the news, but your supporters have done much worse. There has been a steady rise in hate crimes… It’s a fact that your election has emboldened many white supremacists. Are you trolling us? People are criticizing you for legitimate issues, like your diplomacy gaffes, but they are just mean?… Please Trump, for your own sake, stop with this nonsense. You’re demonstrably wrong and the proof is in the numerous hate crimes.’
You can read McAfee’s full response to Trump below, in 5 tweets.
And other Twitter users, if not in so many words as McAfee, had on point responses as well.
LGBT activist Parker Molloy cut straight to the point, writing, “You have absolutely zero self-awareness.”
Scott Tobias, who works for the satirical site “The Onion,” among other places, was similarly straight to the point, writing, “Your supporters include a burgeoning neo-Nazi movement.”
Your supporters include a burgeoning neo-Nazi movement.
— Scott Tobias (@scott_tobias) December 18, 2016
New York Times bestselling author Molly Knight’s reply to Trump was pretty funny.
She wrote, “Every time one of your tweets shows up in my feed it feels like a parody account.”
every time one of your tweets shows up in my feed it feels like a parody account
— Molly Knight (@molly_knight) December 18, 2016
And finally, “@JoelNihlean” noted in his reply to Trump the irony of his usage of the phrase “my many supporters.” After all, Trump won the presidency with literally one of the smallest margins in U.S. history.
your many supporters are still a minority of Americans. pic.twitter.com/hfNNnbcufU
— Typical Standard Joel with Anti-Climbing Feature (@JoelNihlean) December 18, 2016
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