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Is there a “right” way to read a book? According to more than a few Twitter users, there is—and Donald Trump Jr. doesn’t know how to do it.
He is, however, a published author. But in promoting his book Triggered, Trump Jr.’s dainty grasp on the book left people perplexed.
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In one tweet, which helped spur the roast, @Rschooley wrote, “He’s gotten through the dedication and half the first chapter!”
He’s gotten through the dedication and half of the first chapter! pic.twitter.com/QlfZsXgzAj— Schooley (@Rschooley) December 10, 2019
While the way Trump holds Triggered: How the Left Thrives on Hate and Wants to Silence Us is the main draw here, different parts of his office have also become comedic fodder.
when you hold books all the time https://t.co/y0MvSkerVW— Erin War on Christmas Ryan (@morninggloria) December 10, 2019
For example, this “trash Trump” in the corner.
Trash Trump? pic.twitter.com/XLbku5OAio— Schooley (@Rschooley) December 10, 2019
To be fair, others find it kind of horrifying too, calling it a “daddy/nutcracker hybrid Christmas statue.”
Is— Jack Burton (@drknstormynite) December 10, 2019
Is that a daddy/nutcracker hybrid Christmas statue
While there really is a lot happening in this picture—the daddy nutcracker, a standard-issue Direct TV remote, and his messy desk—Donald Trump Jr. is challenging the way reading is done, gripping his own book by the edges of its corners, the title unobscured.
As @bleakfacts notes, “just chilling holding a book like a normal person.”
ahh i remember the first time i held a book. just grasped that puppy by the bottom-most edge with my fingertips and just went to wordtown— good guy with a pun (@itchy_bonez) December 10, 2019
just chilling holding a book like a normal person.— bleaks (@bleakfacts) December 10, 2019
While his uncomfortable posture and book-holding technique are of immense importance to critics, a greater question plagues the thread: Why would he need to be reading his own book?
Why... would he need to read his own book if he wrote it— miss speech (@miss_speech) December 10, 2019
A simple answer?
“Obviously his ghostwriter wouldn’t share any drafts until after it was published,” @koobrick said.
Obviously his ghostwriter wouldn’t share any drafts until after it was published.— Ricky Kubrick Jr. (@koobrik) December 10, 2019
“He wants to know how the book ends,” proposed another.
He’s eager to find out how the book ends.— Glenn Fleishman (@GlennF) December 10, 2019
Has any author ever had a pic taken of them holding their book like they are reading it for the first time— Miasmata (@Throoble) December 10, 2019
But he may not be looking at a book at all—just the jacket.
“Is he just holding the jacket because that looks off,” @ms_intexas said.
Is he just holding the jacket because that looks off.— tired_intexas (@ms_intexas) December 10, 2019
The stark lack of books on Trump’s shelves speaks volumes as well.
So shelfs with no books? At least that is honest— bittenreallyhatesyou (@bittenreallyha2) December 10, 2019
Brooke Sjoberg is an editorial intern for the Daily Dot studying journalism at the University of Texas at Austin. She is also the Daily Texan's Life and Arts Editor and an editorial intern for Texas Connect magazine.