This morning, President Donald Trump fired his Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson. While the timing seemed out of nowhere, a rift developed between the two long ago that spilled over into the public when it was revealed Tillerson called Trump a “fucking moron.”
Naturally, everyone expected that might have factored into the firing, even though the comments came back in the summer and were revealed in October of 2017.
But one reporter was brave enough, as the president was taking questions before he boarded Marine One, to ask if it factored into his decision this weekend.
The video cuts out, but either Trump couldn’t hear the question or was pretending to not be able to hear, because—per the pool transcript—the president said “say it again,” and then moved on.
Naturally, Twitter couldn’t get enough of this following joke format.
A reporter shouted: "Did you fire him because he called you a moron?"— Jeff Dobbs (@jeffdobbs) March 13, 2018
POTUS asked: "What?"
The report mumbled: "Moronsaywhat"
POTUS said: "What?"
Reporter should ask: “morons say what “?— BigAL (@yosem2023) March 13, 2018
Reporter: “Moron says what?”— GirlInterrupted (@ZFrosty1) March 13, 2018
Reporter [softly]: A moron says what?— Jeff Konkel (@JeffKonkel) March 13, 2018
Reporter [softly]: A moron says what?
[press pool bursts into laughter]
The discourse in 2018 has truly been elevated.