Trump’s claims his support of Russia was a case of grammatical error
Do you know the difference between the words “would” and “wouldn’t?” No? That’s okay! You can still be president!
On Tuesday afternoon, Donald Trump attempted to clean up the monumental mess he caused during his joint press conference with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland, by reading prepared statement in the White House.
Trump explained that the reason he gave his support to Russia on Monday was because of a simple grammatical error — he meant to use a double negative, but forgot! A common mistake, right?
*nervous fucking laughter that immediately turns to tears*
“It should have been obvious. I thought it would be obvious, but I would like to clarify just in case it wasn’t. In a key sentence in my remarks I said the word ‘would’ instead of ‘wouldn’t,'” Trump said.
“The sentence should have been, ‘I don’t see any reason why it wouldn’t be Russia” so, just to repeat it, I said the word ‘would’ instead of ‘wouldn’t’… sort of a double negative,” he continued. So was it just a Freudian slip, then?
After this absurd, super illogical, seemingly untruthful explanation for why Trump supported Russia and said there was no collusion, Twitter users called his bluff and furiously trolled him with grammar jokes.
Let’s just say Americans aren’t convinced Trump isn’t still team Russia.
We’re like one step removed from Trump claiming he had his fingers crossed at the press conference.
— andrew kaczynski🤔 (@KFILE) July 17, 2018
weird how it took the White House 24 hours to realize the problem was a failed double negative
— Simon Maloy (@SimonMaloy) July 17, 2018
I SAID THE WORD WOULD INSTEAD OF WOULDN’T AND THE SENTENCE SHOULD’VE BEEN I DON’T SEE ANY REASON WHY IT WOULDN’T BE RUSSIA. SORT OF A DOUBLE NEGATIVE. SO YOU CAN PUT THAT IN AND I THINK THAT PROBABLY CLARIFIES THINGS PRETTY GOOD BY ITSELF. pic.twitter.com/mjn1NibroH
— David Mack (@davidmackau) July 17, 2018
Ahh, the o’l double negative slip-up.
Gets me every time.
— Brian Taff (@briantaff6abc) July 17, 2018
I probably would’ve been in a lot less trouble as a teenager if I had thought of the double negative excuse.
— Ryan Nobles (@ryanobles) July 17, 2018
The problem, of course, is that Trump’s deferral to Putin isn’t just in that one sentence.
“Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial”
“I have confidence in both parties”
“President Putin, he just said it’s not Russia”
“all I can do is ask the question”
— Ryan Struyk (@ryanstruyk) July 17, 2018
Ah, the old “double negative” excuse.
— Ashley Parker (@AshleyRParker) July 17, 2018
Ok fucking hell, whose genius idea was it to do the double negative excuse, whoever it is give him or her a raise
— Asawin Suebsaeng (@swin24) July 17, 2018
TAKE HIM TO THE WOULD SHED
— Ariel Edwards-Levy (@aedwardslevy) July 17, 2018
“I don’t see a single reason why it would be Russia” vs “I don’t see a single reason why it wouldn’t be Russia” — that’s not a double negative.
— John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz) July 17, 2018
President Trump clarifies a double negative. He doesn’t clarify attacks on FBI or DOJ, or comments like:
“Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today”
“All I can do is ask the question”
“I hold both countries responsible. I think that the US has been foolish”
— Matt Viser (@mviser) July 17, 2018
The best this White House comms team could come up with: OK, we have a major crisis on our hands after the Helsinki presser; how about we say it was a poorly constructed double negative, given Trump’s knack for grammar?
— Ankit Panda (@nktpnd) July 17, 2018
Let’s see how long it takes for a dictionary to tweet the definition of “double negative.”