Trump mixes up campaign kickoff, election night in bizarre Twitter thread

President Donald Trump appeared to mistakenly say he launched his campaign the same month that he was elected in an all-over-the-place Twitter thread on Thursday morning.

The president made the mistake in a series of tweets where he hit many of the highlights you typically see in his Twitter feed: perceived bias in social media, criticizing the news media, joking about being in office for decades, bashing 2020 Democratic hopefuls, and calling himself “so great looking and smart.”

However, amid the list of criticisms, Trump said that the media had “lost tremendous credibility” since “that day in November, 2016, that I came down the escalator with the person who was to become your future First Lady.”

The full tweet says:

“….The Fake News is not as important, or as powerful, as Social Media. They have lost tremendous credibility since that day in November, 2016, that I came down the escalator with the person who was to become your future First Lady. When I ultimately leave office in six……”

Donald Trump Escalator Dates Tweet @realDonaldTrump/Twitter

It appears that Trump got some dates confused. It looks like he was referencing his campaign kickoff in Trump Tower when he descended an escalator before giving his speech. However, that was in June 2015, not November 2016, when he was elected.

Unless he’s talking about some other since undisclosed escalator ride in November 2016?

Regardless, the entire thread caught the eye of people on Twitter:

The thread from the president was part of 13 tweets he posted on Thursday morning.


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Andrew Wyrich

Andrew Wyrich

Andrew Wyrich is a politics staff writer for the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the internet. Andrew has written for USA Today,, and other newspapers and websites. His work has been recognized by the Society of the Silurians, Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE), and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).