Donald Trump has once again given the world an embarrassing reminder of the true depths of his stupidity by eagerly retweeting a satirical article as if it were a genuine news story. The article in question was published by The Babylon Bee, a deeply unfunny right-wing version of The Onion whose “jokes” usually just consist of hamfisted conservative talking points.
Babylon Bee isn't just awfully unfunny but i think it is also the only publication that charges its own writers $10 a month to submit ideas pic.twitter.com/OSFnllN3yF
— Jeremy Kaplowitz (@jeremysmiles) October 15, 2020
The article Trump shared was titled “Twitter Shuts Down Entire Network To Slow Spread of Negative Biden News,” a mocking take on Twitter’s decision to stop the spread of a New York Post hit piece on the former vice president’s son. Demonstrating all of the credulity of a particularly uncurious child, Trump remarked: “Wow, this has never been done in history. This includes his really bad interview last night. Why is Twitter doing this. Bringing more attention to Sleepy Joe & Big T.”
Clearly, the president was not sharing the article because he thought it was funny, he was sharing it because he thought it was true or a useful piece of misinformation he could blast to his followers. The first explanation is deeply embarrassing and the second is deeply unacceptable. It hardly needs to be said, but the man in control of our nuclear arsenal and in full command of the world’s most powerful military should ideally be able to tell the difference between actual news and a joke. His mind has all the horsepower of a rusty hamster wheel.
Twitter Shuts Down Entire Network To Slow Spread Of Negative Biden News https://t.co/JPmjOrKPcr via @TheBabylonBee Wow, this has never been done in history. This includes his really bad interview last night. Why is Twitter doing this. Bringing more attention to Sleepy Joe & Big T
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 16, 2020
Hours later, Trump penned another tweet explaining that “Big T” was not a reference to himself but a term he has coined for “Big Tech.” He added that this distinction should have been “properly pointed out in Twitter’s Fake Trending Section,” as if Twitter should have been able to read his mind and immediately know what “Big T” stood for.
Really what we have here is a case of an elderly man in possible cognitive decline getting confused and angry on the internet because he lacks basic digital literacy.
Big T was not a reference to me, but rather to Big Tech, which should have been properly pointed out in Twitter’s Fake Trending Section!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 16, 2020
Twitter users could hardly believe the president’s idiocy and unleashed a torrent of mockery.
As the nation sleeps, Trump claims that Twitter crashed itself to save Joe Biden from the New York Post. His source is a satirical article from the Babylon Bee, a right-wing Christian version of The Onion. https://t.co/Tg9UjokR1w
— Angus Johnston (@studentactivism) October 16, 2020
President Low T was fooled by a satirical website called "The Babylon Bee," similar to The Onion.
Not hard to fool this fool, tho. https://t.co/dtQlivNVmN
— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) October 16, 2020
Last year I had to lock my account because I got hundreds of death threats (including people sending me pictures of my kids) all because I tweeted that the problem with conservative satire sites like Babylon Bee is that their audience was too stupid to get the joke https://t.co/03xbBGTeau
— Josh Raby (@JoshRaby) October 16, 2020
Crazy Uncle Trump thinks the Babylon Bee is real pic.twitter.com/YBwLQDz18k
— Christian Vanderbrouk (@UrbanAchievr) October 16, 2020
Some people are saying Babylon Bee is a satire site, and that this tweet may suggest once again that our President is an excitable idiot. On the other hand, Babylon Bee is more grounded in reality than a lot of other sites Trump retweets. https://t.co/VmNbzlNUXc
— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) October 16, 2020
The President just tweeted out a Babylon Bee parody as though it were an investigative report.
He still has the nuclear codes. pic.twitter.com/AsgIw4iZbN
— Chris Beneke (@historyball) October 16, 2020
Everyone knows The Babylon Bee is satire. Sure, a boomer here and there gets fooled by it, but—
*looks at Twitter*
*spits out drink*
— Frank J. Fleming (@IMAO_) October 16, 2020
If the satirical Babylon Bee can dupe the president imagine how easily he can be duped by Putin. Actually we don’t have to imagine.
— MeidasTouch.com (@MeidasTouch) October 16, 2020
Trump is basically getting mad over Onion posts (The Babylon Bee is a satirical site) https://t.co/vDvNbOzCvg
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 16, 2020
The Babylon Bee is a parody site.
Please don't vote for dumb people anymore.
— Nick Jack Pappas (@Pappiness) October 16, 2020
THE BABYLON BEE IS A HUMOR SITE YOU CREDULOUS FOOL
— Jeff Tiedrich (@itsJeffTiedrich) October 16, 2020
Babylon Bee is a satire site, you unbelievable idiot.
— Holly Figueroa O'Reilly (@AynRandPaulRyan) October 16, 2020
The Babylon Bee is satire, you stupendously stupid, syphilitic sock monkey. #TrumpIsALaughingStock
— Lesley Abravanel🆘 (@lesleyabravanel) October 16, 2020
Joe Biden can identify satire.
That’ll be nice in a President.
— The Hoarse Whisperer (@TheRealHoarse) October 16, 2020
Hi Big T,
The Babylon Bee is a parody site like The Onion except geared towards loser conservatives who have no sense of humor. You must be really desperate, and it shows.
— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) October 16, 2020
This is a joke. This is a satirical site. You are the single dumbest person on the planet.
— Sinned Perkins (@DennisPerkins5) October 16, 2020
President Tricked By Babylon Bee Says He’s Not Tricked By Kim, Putin, or Xi pic.twitter.com/ZVaMWoW2N6
— Nicholas Grossman (@NGrossman81) October 16, 2020
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