How Donald Trump's claim he misspoke unleashed a troll-fest
Would or wouldn't? Claims by the US President that he misspoke in a comment about Russian meddling in US elections has Twitter in a frenzy.
JOHANNESBURG – US President Donald Trump’s attempt to go back on remarks made in Finland, saying he saw no reason to believe that Russia had interfered in the 2016 US elections, has been received with amusement on Twitter.
Trump said that when he returned on Monday from the summit with Putin in Helsinki, he "realised there is some need for clarification" about his remarks on Russian interference in the 2016 US election.
“In a key sentence in my remarks I said the word 'would' instead of 'wouldn't'. The sentence should have been: 'I don't see any reason why it wouldn't be Russia,'" he said. "Sort of a double negative.”
I am living in the damn Twilight Zone! "How much would could a wouldn't chuck If a would could chuck wouldn't ? As much would as a wouldn't could chuck...." #TrumpPutinSummit #WouldWouldNot #WouldWouldnt #DoubleNegative #Trump #CNN #damagecontrol pic.twitter.com/68WQQfVxuT— A.C. Junior (@OfficialMisterC) July 17, 2018
The hashtags #would and #wouldnt trended on Twitter as people suggested other ways Trump’s “double negative” defence could be employed.
How much wood wouldn't a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck wouldn't chuck wood? #WouldWouldnt— Wendy Wasserman Schultz (@dvorakoelling) July 17, 2018
Trump: "I said Mexicans are rapists. I misspoke. I meant to say they're rakists, like they rake leaves and stuff, probably illegally, but whatever. I'll build a wall and make them pay for it. Anyway, that's what I meant to say - rakists, bigly."#Wouldnt #Snark— Craig Rozniecki (@CraigRozniecki) July 17, 2018
There has been a great deal of confusion over the presidents statements as of late, so we need to get it straight. To clarify, what the President meant to say was “I I did not NOT have sexual relations with that woman.” Sort of a double negative there. #POTUSclarifieds pic.twitter.com/VdzYRJxCwV— Robert Hussey (@Hussdogrob) July 18, 2018