As if to show that basic common sense is not a prerequisite for getting on in business, king of the combover Donald Trump has once again taken to Twitter to demonstrate his expertise in putting his foot in it – twice. The man who is not going to run for the Presidency in 2016, or indeed ever, has been suckered by an amateur comedian – and then caught not checking his facts. Twice.
Donald, where's yer hairspray?
Trump was contacted by someone with the Twitter handle @feckhead, a name that should have put him on his guard immediately. The Tweet included a photo of a couple, along with the message “My parents who passed away always said you were [a] big inspiration. Can you please RT for their memory?” The unsuspecting Trump did just that. He had not checked the photo.
After some 2,500 Retweets, someone had managed to tell The Donald that the photo he had Tweeted out was, in fact, of multiple murderers Fred and Rose West, whose crimes were so grisly that their former home at Cromwell Street in Gloucester was flattened in the aftermath of their conviction. Trump was not a happy bunny, not least because he had become a figure of fun (again).
“I thought I was being nice to somebody re their parents. I guess this teaches you not to be nice or trusting. Sad!” he observed, having by now deleted the Tweet, before the mood darkened and he mused “Some jerk fraudulently Tweeted that his parents said I was a big inspiration to them + please RT – out of kindness I Retweeted. Maybe I’ll sue”. Sue someone else for his own idiocy? Yeah, right.
What the person behind the @feckhead Twitter account had correctly deduced was that stroking the Trump ego can cause The Great Man to drop his guard. He wasn’t about to do that when it came to documentary maker Ant Baxter: “I will be releasing the full interview with a guy named [Ant] Baxter only to show the bias and stupidity of him and [BBC World]. Clowns!”
Sadly, once again Trump had not bothered to look before leaping: as Baxter, the man behind the excellent You’ve Been Trumped – the saga of how Trump got the authorities to let him build a golf course near Aberdeen while trashing the natural environment and pissing off the locals – reminded him that nothing was being hidden: the full interview was already available with the DVD release.
All that was left was for The Donald to butter up real slebs in the hope that he would be considered an equal. Any Ryder Cup winner on Twitter was fair game, such as the grovelling one sent to Ian Poulter: “Great going and almost as importantly, your clothing line is selling well!” Pass the sick bucket (and there were several examples to choose from). As Cloughie might have said, “He’s a clown, young man”.
Trump must be too tight to get a Twitter gofer. So there will be more howlers.