Sunday, January 07, 2018

Can You Spot All the Errors in Trump’s ‘Consensual’ Tweet?

Can You Spot All the Errors in Trump’s ‘Consensual’ Tweet?

One of the strangest things about it is that he suggests reading a NY Post article that makes statements like this:

"The latest explosion of gossip and sniping marks just another day on the razor’s edge. This is the essential nature of the Trump presidency, where catastrophe is always a heartbeat away. It will be like that as long as he’s in the Oval Office."

Of course, Trump didn't actually lead anyone to the article. He doesn't really understand anything more complicated than simple text, so instead of offering a link to the article, he simply posted the author's e-mail address. (??) A further illustration of his computer illiteracy lies in his erroneous use of the word "consensual" instead of "consequential." Instead of cutting and pasting from the article, which would have quoted the original verbatim, he re-typed the entire passage, which resulted in the "consensual" error. Obviously typing is within his skill set, but using an elementary cut-and-paste is not. Similarly, while typing out an e-mail address is within his skill set, creating an off-site link is not.

Somebody who is capable of going beyond typing finally persuaded Trump to delete the bizarre Tweet, and then to send out a corrected one. I can state with near certainty that Trump himself didn't do the correcting, because the corrected Tweet includes a negative statement about Trump that was deliberately elided when he sent out the first one (which obviously was done by Trump personally).

First Tweet (obviously by Trump): "His is turning out to be an enormously consensual presidency. So much so that ... there has never been a day when I wished Hillary Clinton were president."

Corrected Tweet (obviously not): "His is turning out to be an enormously consequential presidency. So much so that, despite my own frustration over his missteps, there has never been a day when I wished Hillary Clinton were president. "



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