In an “unpresidented” turn of events President-elect Donald Trump, who has spent the last year relentlessly spewing hostile rhetoric about China, has taken his first opportunity at a skirmish and retreated in complete defeat and disgrace. For his cowardice he was brutally mocked on Twitter.
On Dec. 15 the Chinese government seized an underwater drone owned by the United States government in the South China Sea. The drone was deployed by an oceanographic vessel with a purpose of conducting a lawful military survey.
Trump, in all of his brilliance, responded to China’s actions with a misspelled tweet. He meant to write ‘unprecedented’ but instead wrote “unpresidented.” Trump tweeted:
The world took notice of Trump’s stupidity and he deleted his error and posted a grammatically correct, while still ignorant, tweet:
After there was a divergence of opinion between the governments of China and the United States eventually China agreed they would return the stolen drone. This action was their best option and ended a diplomatic standoff.
However, Trump gave an insight as to how he may deal with China in the future and was not pleased with the resolution after he was given credit for the resolution. This type of contortionist idiocy is a hallmark of Trumpism. He tweeted after the announcement the United States should not accept the drone back:
The denizens of Twitter were not amused with Trump’s waffling and began a much-deserved bout of ridicule. Some of their best can be viewed below:
Even before he’s sworn in Trump is reneging on his promise to be tough with China. He’s giving the drone back!! #draintheswamp
— emptywheel (@emptywheel) December 18, 2016
11:54AM— Trump Comms Director credits Trump for getting China to return drone.
7:59PM— Trump says China can keep it. pic.twitter.com/wqckUce7yl
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) December 18, 2016
What’s the term for feeling like you are living in a movie about the end times but it’s much dumber than you thought it would be? https://t.co/dRjBct2Pl2
— sarah_haskins (@sarah_haskins) December 18, 2016
.@realDonaldTrump go to bed Donald.
— Tom Knight (@TJ_Knight) December 18, 2016
Trump: shit that didnt work ok I was kidding we want our drone back
Trump: im the precedent your gonna regret this https://t.co/rOW0mtRq9D
— Andy Cole (@AndyCole84) December 18, 2016
— The Right Scoop (@TheRightScoop) December 18, 2016
I was outraged this morning, but since I’m bigly bi-polar, let’s tell China that we don’t want that drone back. That would be #unpresidented
— Trump Translator (@AntonymTrump) December 18, 2016
#tRump has no fucking idea what he is doing. Keep the drone. WTF!
— rsheitz (@rsheitz) December 18, 2016
Attempting to follow Trump’s logic is an exercise in futility as there is seemingly no rhyme or reason to why he does anything. If Trump didn’t have sole access to nuclear codes and the singular ability to obliterate the entire planet at his whim his behavior might be amusing, but it is not. It is, in actuality, frightening.
Lou Colagiovanni is an investigative journalist living in Las Vegas who specializes in politics and crime. His work has been highlighted all over the world and he is regularly featured on television and radio.