Michelle Obama has always done her best to be polite and gracious about her husband’s successor, but she has now taken aim at President Donald Trump without even using his name.
To be honest, she didn’t need to: if there’s one thing we know about the White House’s current occupant, it’s this: he likes to tweet. He likes to tweet a lot. And, whether he’s making jibes about Hillary Clinton, or hurling warmongering insults at North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, there’s no denying that Trump’s dangerous obsession with social media is… well, it’s unbecoming of anyone, let alone the leader of the free world.
So, during a conversation with the poet Elizabeth Alexander, Obama decided to tackle the subject of Twitter and social media – and offer up some advice: think before you tweet. And, more importantly, use spellcheck.
“When you have a voice, you can’t use it any kind of way,” she said at the Obama Foundation’s inaugural youth leadership summit in Chicago.. “This whole ‘tell it like it is’ business is nonsense. You don’t just say what’s on your mind, you don’t just tweet every thought.
“Most of your initial thoughts are not worthy of the light of day.”
You can watch the moment for yourself in the CNN video below:
As the audience erupted into laughter, Obama was asked if she was referring to anybody in particular. And, without attempting to hide the smile from her face, she insisted that she wasn’t: “I’m talking about us all,” she said.
However, the FLOTUS went on to insist that “tweeting and social media” are a “powerful weapon”, especially when placed in the hands of hotheads who don’t take a step back and think about what they’re doing before firing off insults into cyberspace.
“No, you don’t [tell it like it is],” she said, hammering home her point.
“You need to think, and spell it right, and have good grammar.”
Of course, Obama isn’t the only one growing weary of Trump’s tweeting – and, this week, someone decided to take action.
That’s right: his account went out of commission for a beautiful 11 minutes on the 2 November.
At first, it seemed like an accident: just another blip or bug in the Twittersphere. However, after a careful investigation from the social media platform, it has since been revealed that one of its customer support employees deactivated Trump’s account during their last day on the job.
They’ve described it as an act of “human error”. Others, though, have dubbed it an act of true heroism – and Twitter is now filled with congratulatory messages for this individual.
After all, to err is human, to delete Trump divine. Or something to that effect, anyway.
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