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Trump Claims his “Noble” Prize Tweets Were Meant to be Sarcastic

During a Coronavirus press briefing last week, Donald Trump discussed the possibility of ingesting household cleaners to combat the virus. Companies like Lysol issued warnings against using their products in this way and Trump claimed he was joking.

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The excessive mockery of his statements led to the White House cutting Friday’s briefing short and not holding a question and answer session. The President did continue his weekend Twitter rants, though. Trump used the social media site to blast journalists who were awarded with “Noble” prizes for their reporting on Russia. After more relentless mockery, the President again said he was being sarcastic.

The President’s tweets contained a number of errors. He claimed that the “Noble Committee” must demand the prizes back from the reporters. Journalists are primarily awarded with Pulitzer prizes for their efforts. Trump also repeatedly referred to the Nobel Prize as the Noble Prize.

New York Magazine’s Yashar Ali attempted to follow Trump’s line of thinking, writing, “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!”

Trump, clearly stung by again being mocked, tweeted, “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?”

 



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