This is a bit of a weird one. I say weird because I find myself in the unlikely position of interpreting a tweet sent by Donald Trump in a more positive light than others. Yep. That’s weird.
Anyways: Last week, in light of a series of crimes occurring in Paris, Donald Trump tweeted out the following:
As you can see, the tweet mentions Paris, then Germany. A possible interpretation of this tweet is that Mr. Trump thinks that Paris IS IN Germany…which, of course, it isn’t. And that is exactly how Trump’s opponents took the tweet:
The tweet also inspired a variety of news stories and briefly made #ParisIsInGermany a trending topic on Twitter.
My opinion? This was a poorly worded tweet. Donald Trump is many things, but I don’t think he – or anyone on his campaign – really thinks Paris is in Germany. Germany has had a spike in violence, including as many as 80 sexual assaults on New Year’s Eve in Cologne, and that is likely what Mr. Trump was referring to. However, the phrasing of the tweet – which is obviously condensed by the 140 character limitation – lent itself to the interpretation that Mr. Trump thinks Paris is in Germany.
The lesson here? Careful with how you tweet things. Again, I don’t think the Trump campaign was saying that they think Paris is in Germany, but you always have to be careful with how you phrase your tweets. As frequent readers of this blog know, you can do a lot of damage in 140 characters or less, and your political opponents certainly won’t give you the benefit of the doubt. Don’t make anything easy for them.