Donald Trump Liddle Hyphen Apostrophe Tweet

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Trump is up in arms (incorrectly) over the punctuation in his insults

Soon 'liddle,' 'hyphen,' and 'apostrophe' were all trending on Twitter.


Andrew Wyrich


Posted on Sep 27, 2019   Updated on May 20, 2021, 2:46 am CDT

President Donald Trump on Friday accused the “lamestream media” of incorrectly using his “liddle'” nickname for Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) in a bizarre mistake-riddled tweet where he also called an apostrophe a “hyphen.”

On Friday morning, Trump directed his displeasure at CNN, accusing them of incorrectly using the nickname “Liddle’ Adam Schiff” by taking “the hyphen out” on purpose.

It appears that Trump meant that CNN took out the apostrophe in the nickname, but instead wrote “hyphen.” He also misspelled the word “describing” in the tweet.

“To show you how dishonest the LameStream Media is, I used the word Liddle’, not Liddle, in discribing Corrupt Congressman Liddle’ Adam Schiff. Low ratings @CNN purposely took the hyphen out and said I spelled the word little wrong. A small but never ending situation with CNN!” Trump tweeted on Friday.

Schiff, the chairmen of the House Intelligence Committee, has been a target for Trump in the past.

The latest criticism from the president comes after Schiff chaired a hearing where Joseph Maguire, the acting director of national intelligence, testified amid the public release of a whistleblower complaint that is at the heart of growing calls among Democrats for Trump to be impeached.

Trump also said Schiff should resign for reading an inaccurate transcript in the hearing. Schiff later said he thought it was clear he was doing some parody.

Regardless, Trump’s bizarre “liddle” tweet on Friday was mocked by many online—with “liddle,” “hyphen,” and “apostrophe” all trending on Twitter.

Even Merriam-Webster got in on it.

“For those looking up punctuation early on a Friday morning: A hyphen is a mark – used to divide or to compound words. An apostrophe is a mark ‘ used to indicate the omission of letters or figures,” Merriam-Webster tweeted.


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*First Published: Sep 27, 2019, 8:53 am CDT