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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.
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!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 27, 2019
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.
Rep. Adam Schiff totally made up my conversation with Ukraine President and read it to Congress and Millions. He must resign and be investigated. He has been doing this for two years. He is a sick man!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 27, 2019
The president and a small group of people know exactly what he meant by "hyphen." https://t.co/aMyuUwYju4— Aaron Blake (@AaronBlake) September 27, 2019
• "Liddle" isn't a word— Toby Ziegler (@Toby_Ziegler) September 27, 2019
• It doesn't become a word if you add an apostrophe or a hyphen to it.
• That's an apostrophe, not a hyphen.
• "Discribing" is misspelled. (Try "describing."
• There should be a hyphen between "never" and "ending" https://t.co/CX416ue5WF
Liddle sounds like griddle and makes me want pancakes.— Ben White (@morningmoneyben) September 27, 2019
1. It’s an apostrophe not a hyphen.— Max Weiss (@maxthegirl) September 27, 2019
2. The apostrophe in that case generally stands in for a missing letter. Liddle has no missing letter, it’s just dumb.
You *really* can’t make this shit up.— Angry Staffer (@AngrierWHStaff) September 27, 2019
A hyphen? 🤣🤣🤣 pic.twitter.com/GTY0S4YbBc
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.
For those looking up punctuation early on a Friday morning:— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) September 27, 2019
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.
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, NorthJersey.com, 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).