Forrest Trump takes twitter by storm in response to Trump’s latest Twitter Tantrum. Twitter decimates.
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The warning signs that Twitter would become Trump’s battleground were there almost from the start of his campaign.
CNN‘s Van Jones predicted the rise of Trump’s use of the platform in an October 2015 article, stating:
FDR was the first “radio” president. JFK emerged as the first “television” president. Barack Obama broke through as the first “Internet” president. Next up? Prepare to meet Donald Trump, possibly the first “social media” and “reality TV” president.
A week after the election The New Republic warned the country that “Trump is America’s first Twitter president. Be Afraid,” adding that “He’s giving a whole new meaning to the term ‘bully pulpit.'”
Trump has more than fulfilled that prophesy. Apparently upset at the reaction to his failed national address fundraiser last night, he took to his Twitter account today, lashing out at the State of California in the wake of deadly wildfires last year.
To put the sheer audacity of his Twitter meltdown in its proper context, BBC News reported that “Twin wildfires in California, known as the Mendocino Complex Fire, have grown to become the largest active wildfire in state history,” according to state officials. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection reported that there was including their own statistics and those of the U.S. Forestry Service, there was a combined total of 7,571 fires in 2018 which destroyed 1,671,203 acres at a cost of more than $3.5 billion.
Despite all this and the fact that dozens of lives were lost, Trump decided to scapegoat California.
“Billions of dollars are sent to the State of California for Forrest fires that, with proper Forrest Management, would never happen. Unless they get their act together, which is unlikely, I have ordered FEMA to send no more money. It is a disgraceful situation in lives & money!” he tweeted.[emphasis added]
— Impeach the MoFo Fan (@bistokidsfan) January 9, 2019
The tweet was quickly replaced with the spelling errors corrected, but not without notice as Twitter exploded with Tweets referencing the 1994 hit movie “Forrest Gump” starring Tom Hanks.
Twitter personality, writer, and editor for Hill Reporter Brian Krassenstein was quick to jump into the fray tweeting: “BREAKING: California just had its deadliest & costliest wildfire in history, w/ 86+ deaths & 18,000+ structures destroyed. Trump’s Reaction? He just ordered FEMA to stop sending funds to California for wildfires IMPEACH this man NOW And it’s ‘Forest’ not ‘Forrest you moron!”
Scott Dworkin, Co-founder and lead investigator of the Democratic Coalition, tweeted: “Trump intentionally misspelled forest as forrest twice in one tweet. Because he’d rather be called stupid, than an illegitimate traitor who conspired against the US with Russia. He’s distracting from the fact his Campaign Manager met with Russian intelligence during the campaign.”
Other noteworthy tweets included:
- Ha! #MoronTrump deleted his tweet where he repeatedly misspelled “forest” as “Forrest.” Guess what — that doesn’t make you any less a moron ~ Source: John Cooper, Chairman of the Democratic Coalition
- It’s 1000% unavoidable, but the president is threatening to withhold disaster relief from fire victims whose state happens to be the Speaker’s amid an unrelated standoff and the default reaction is MY NAME IS FORREST TRUMP, PEOPLE CALL ME FORREST TRUMP ~ Source: Benjy Sarlin, political reporter for NBC News.
- “Racist is as racist does” “Life is like a box of sealed indictments. You never know what you gonna get.” – Forrest Trump ~ Source: Tony Posnanski, comedian and author.
Dictionary.com joined in, tweeting:
- “Forest = A large tract of land covered with trees and underbrush; woodland. Forrest = A name preceding Gump,” along with a link to the definition of “forest.”
There were also the usual visual responses, to include the following favorites:
— act.tv (@actdottv) January 9, 2019
Your brain is like a box of chocolates
— John Lurie (@lurie_john) January 9, 2019
— oxefe (@oxefe7) January 9, 2019
— John Drew🏜🏇🏾 (@JohnPDrew1) January 9, 2019