Almost everybody knows that Donald Trump is as petulant and vitriolic as he is during his speeches and interviews.
It is rather unsettling to see the 45th president of the United States, the next leader of the free world, spending so much time and energy to tweet rants against his critics, retweet 16-year-olds to bash “dishonest” reporters and, most recently, post angry reactions to acceptance speeches made during Hollywood award shows.
Consider this: Trump is, so far, the only U.S. president-elect who has used the words “Hillary flunky” to describe a veteran Hollywood actor. His inauguration is less than two weeks away and one of the first tasks he carried out early Monday morning was to respond to Meryl Streep’s speech she gave upon accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globes on Sunday night.
This is not how world leaders have a discussion. (This is not even how grown-ups have a discussion.)
And that’s exactly what one parody Twitter account is trying to show Trump.
An anonymous Twitter has created a "Presidential Trump," or "MatureTrumpTwts," an account that basically re-writes the president-elect’s actual tweets, using appropriate, presidential language.
For instance, here’s what Trump said about Mexico not paying for the infamous border wall:
Dishonest media says Mexico won't be paying for the wall if they pay a little later so the wall can be built more quickly. Media is fake!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 9, 2017
Here’s how Presidential Trump re-worded it:
True, I said Mexico would "pay" for wall, not reimburse us. At press conference Jan. 11, I'll outline how this will occur w/Q&A for clarity. https://t.co/ay3J14v3aS— PresidentialTrump (@MatureTrumpTwts) January 9, 2017
And here’s how Trump should’ve responded to Streep’s speech:
Congrats to #MerylStreep on her lifetime achievement award tonight. No one more deserving. You voice the concerns of many & you were heard.— PresidentialTrump (@MatureTrumpTwts) January 9, 2017
More examples include:
Americans need 2 know it's not how the report was handled or what the hacking victims did or didn't do. Perpetrators will pay a steep price. https://t.co/F4YSM5huTA— PresidentialTrump (@MatureTrumpTwts) January 8, 2017
Let me be clear this is not a partisan issue. Both parties were hacked. American democracy was attacked. And my admin will not stand for it. https://t.co/56p2FtcdoR— PresidentialTrump (@MatureTrumpTwts) January 7, 2017
Anything after the oath Jan. 20 is just pomp & circumstance. I'm focused on the myriad things we must do to stay safe, heal, unite & thrive. https://t.co/Xdt2xaj0US— PresidentialTrump (@MatureTrumpTwts) January 6, 2017
In 2 weeks I take the solemn oath of the presidency. So much to do to fulfill the promises I made. Expect fewer tweets as we transition. https://t.co/WfzToeq0LM— PresidentialTrump (@MatureTrumpTwts) January 6, 2017
It might just be a mock account but its message is poignant. Trump is no longer a reality television personality. On Jan. 20, he will be sworn in as the head of state and head of government of the United States of America, and commander-in-chief of the armed forces. He will make decisions that will shape the future of an entire nation.
It’s about time Trump realized the gravity of his new job because the country doesn’t deserve a leader who spends his time tweeting “The Apprentice” ratings and berating “A” list celebrities for not agreeing to perform at his inauguration.
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