President Trump attempted to clean up a series of earlier tweets lashing out at reporters who had received Nobel Prizes — misspelled as “Noble” in the tweets — for their efforts to report on the special counsel investigation into the Trump campaign and Russia should return the prizes.
“When will all of the ‘reporters’ who have received Noble Prizes for their work on Russia, Russia, Russia, only to have been proven totally wrong (and, in fact, it was the other side who committed the crimes), be turning back their cherished ‘Nobles’ so that they can be given to the REAL REPORTERS & JOURNALISTS who got it right,” the president tweeted.
“When will the Noble Committee Act? Better be fast!” he added, repeating his misspelling of the Nobel Prize Committee.
The tweets were widely mocked on Twitter over the president’s repeated misspelling of “Nobel” and the fact that there is no Nobel Prize for journalism.
I’m assuming the president means Pulitzer Prize and not the Nobel Prize…not to mention the misspelling.
Do any Trump supporters want to defend errors like this? I just know if Biden did the same thing they’d be attacking him for it, and they’d be right to! pic.twitter.com/OvrxsavRTe
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) April 26, 2020
Two news organizations did receive Pulitzer Prizes — the highest award in journalism — in 2019 for Trump-related stories, but neither of those stories focused on the Russia investigation.
“Does anybody get the meaning of what a so-called Noble (not Nobel) Prize is, especially as it pertains to Reporters and Journalists?” Trump tweeted. “Noble is defined as, ‘having or showing fine personal qualities or high moral principles and ideals.’ Does sarcasm ever work?”
Does anybody get the meaning of what a so-called Noble (not Nobel) Prize is, especially as it pertains to Reporters and Journalists? Noble is defined as, “having or showing fine personal qualities or high moral principles and ideals.” Does sarcasm ever work?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 26, 2020
Democratic Rep. Ted Lieu wasn’t buying Trump’s explanation, tweeting: “your Nobel / Noble tweets were not sarcastic. If they were, you wouldn’t have deleted them. Stop lying to us.”
He added: “Can you please focus? Over 55,000 Americans have already died of #COVID19 under your watch. We need much more testing & PPE.”
Also, your Nobel / Noble tweets were not sarcastic. If they were, you wouldn’t have deleted them. Stop lying to us. https://t.co/lYSiMmr8K1
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) April 27, 2020
Pretending that it was sarcasm when it was a careless mistake turns an innocent oversight into a really bad show of moral character. The American people don’t want a lying President, especially one who tells everyone to inject disinfectants and then says it was sarcasm. Stop it.
— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) April 26, 2020
nice try, goofus. we all know that you misspelled Nobel because you're too dim to know that journalists get Pulitzers. we're not as dumb as the bleach-guzzlers who worship you
— Jeff Tiedrich (@itsJeffTiedrich) April 26, 2020
Why’d you delete your tweets if they were sarcasm? You gonna use this excuse for all the times you say something incredibly stupid, now?
— William LeGate (@williamlegate) April 26, 2020
The old sarcasm defense looks a little foolish after he deleted the tweets. pic.twitter.com/kHS1bcsURs
— Morten Øverbye (@morten) April 26, 2020
You are a sad sack. It's your wife's birthday and you're farting around on Twitter.
— Jeffrey Guterman (@JeffreyGuterman) April 26, 2020
Oh God he's even going to try to gaslight us on this one. Why did he delete the tweets if he meant to say "Noble" and not Nobel or Pulitzer?
— Paul 👻 (@pablo_honey1) April 26, 2020