Trump Rages At Twitter As “Diaper Don” Trends
Photos from Donald Trump’s Thanksgiving press conference have, under internet scrutiny, resulted in the Twitter trending of the phrase ‘Diaper Don.’ The conclusion stemmed from the combination of some zoom-in sleuths and Noel Casler’s long assertion that the president relies on adult diapers. As with any criticism, valid or otherwise, Trump isn’t taking it quietly.
Donald Trump addressed the press Thursday from behind a small desk, resulting in some camera angles that just don’t happen when he sits behind the resolute desk in the Oval Office. Zooming in on still shots from the event, some social media users concluded that they show a thickness that suggests the president is wearing a protective garment. It’s not the first time he’s been mocked on Twitter as “Diaper Don,” but this time it took off, with the term being tweeted and retweeted so much that it landed in Twitter’s “trending” section.
— David Ball (@DaveBall77) November 27, 2020
In fact, as often happens with criticisms and mockery of Trump, some accounts made a specific effort to get the term into trending, and keep it there.
#DiaperDon is trending #1.
Lets get 500 RT and comments to keep it there.
Pass it on.
— Southern Sister Resister – Wordsmith #WeAreFresh (@ResisterSis20) November 27, 2020
Trump, who apparently thinks that Twitter decides what will trend, rather than simply curating it from algorithms that watch what’s being discussed on the platform, tweeted a complaint.
Twitter is sending out totally false “Trends” that have absolutely nothing to do with what is really trending in the world. They make it up, and only negative “stuff”. Same thing will happen to Twitter as is happening to @FoxNews daytime. Also, big Conservative discrimination!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 27, 2020
Claiming that Twitter “make[s] it up,” he also threatened the site with the same fate as Fox News, from which he has worked over recent weeks to divert consumers.
As you can see, by Friday morning, #DiaperDon was still trending — now along with the hashtag #TrumpTantrum.