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During the first round of testimony on Wednesday, Mueller was asked about the findings of his report by Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), specifically whether Russia believed it would benefit from one candidate winning the 2016 presidential election.
Mueller began answering the question, telling Lofgren that Trump was that candidate, but mistakenly pronounced the president’s last name, calling him “Trimp” before quickly correcting himself.
Rep. Zoe Lofgren: Did your investigation find that the Russian government perceived it would benefit from one of the candidates winning?— CBS News (@CBSNews) July 24, 2019
Lofgren: And which candidate would that be?
Mueller: Well, it would be Trump. #MuellerHearings https://t.co/pjOwNhYtbJ pic.twitter.com/xEG3271QOR
The mispronunciation was noticed by a lot of Twitter users, who found the “Trimp” name humorous.
Thank you Mr. Mueller, I will be enjoying the upcoming #Trimp memes. The internet is already on it.— Ali Hazer (@AliHazer12) July 24, 2019
#Mueller To summarize: Trimp was not exonerated.— Dr. Arbergay (@doctagee) July 24, 2019
Mueller just called Trump “Trimp.” Game over— Mike Ryan (@mikeryan) July 24, 2019
#MuellerHearings Mueller calls Trump, ‘Trimp’ and it fits perfectly!— Joe Jackson (@JoeJacksonJnr) July 24, 2019
If nothing else I would like to thank Robert Mueller for giving us a new nickname for the President:— TrumpsTaxes (@TrumpsTaxes) July 24, 2019
Make "Trimp" trend.— Kate Erbland (@katerbland) July 24, 2019
A meme is born:#trimp— jeremy gray (@_jeremygray) July 24, 2019
Behold! President Trimp: pic.twitter.com/kldQVx7ipI— Jaleesa Johnson (@tweetjaleesa) July 24, 2019
Others vowed they’d refer to Trump as “Trimp” for now on.
He shall henceforth be known as #trimp— hyperlax (@hyperlax) July 24, 2019
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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).