WHEN SYNTAX ATTACKS: Trump Says Enemies List Numbers 110 Million

The Mindless Menace strikes again. It seems a lifetime ago when we had a president capable of stringing words together in ways that expressed intended rather than comically inadvertent thoughts.

Here is today’s gem:

Only the Fake News Media and Trump enemies want me to stop using Social Media (110 million people). Only way for me to get the truth out!

First some nitpicking: “Fake News” should be hyphenated and should not be capitalized; “Media” should not be capitalized; one should not use one’s own name as a third-person modifier (“Trump enemies”) — the first-person possessive pronoun my would have been better; “Social Media” should not be capitalized; and exclamation points at the end of simple declarative sentences are for toddlers.

Now to the bigger problem: After identifying only fake-news media and “Trump enemies,” Trump pegs the number, parenthetically, at 110 million. There is no reference here to social-media followers or any group at all other then the aforementioned fake media and enemies. This leaves us with only one reasonable interpretation: Trump’s enemies list (including fake media) has grown to 110 million people.

Given Trump’s poll numbers, that’s an altogether plausible state of affairs, but I doubt it’s what Trump meant to say. What he meant to say was, “Only the fake-news media and my enemies want me to stop using social media to connect with 110 million people. But that’s the only way for me to get the truth out.”

But alas, he couldn’t pull it off. Mangled writing bespeaks a mangled mind.

Good times.

-bb