Trump Team Reportedly Spent Days Drafting a Tweet That Still Came Out Bad

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When Donald Trump fires off impromptu tweets, they are usually bad. (This is relatable, except for the fact that he is the president of the United States and I am a mere blogger thirsty for traff.) But apparently, when Trump’s team plans for days to draft a tweet, they are also bad.


On Monday morning, Trump tweeted the following:

You would be forgiven if you thought that this was another hasty tweet smashed out on the keyboard of Trump’s cell phone. But according to Politico’s Alex Isenstadt, this tweet was the result of “several days” of careful planning by the White House staff. (Presumably they discussed exactly which words to randomly capitalize too.)

What’s especially funny about this is that the tweet doesn’t even do what it’s supposed to. The president wants Don Blankenship—the racist coal baron running for the Senate in West Virginia who served a year in prison for conspiring to violate federal safety regulations that resulted in a mine explosion that killed 29 people—to fail. But despite many days of deliberation, Trump and his team still couldn’t decide which of Blankenship’s two primary opponents to endorse—which, as my colleague Rafi Schwartz wrote, “might help split votes between the two, leaving Blankenship a path through the middle.”

Good job team.

Clio Chang is a staff writer at Splinter.