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You’d be hard-pressed to find a more universally revered Twitter figure than @dril. For a medium that so readily engenders hate, just about every person adores the weird Twitter user and his fabricated persona that’s the perfect mixture of musculature, bravado, and emasculation.
You’d also be very hard-pressed to find a more universally despised person on Twitter than our current president. His off-the-cuff remarks often enrage the internet, bringing about scorn and vitriol.
That’s weird because the two—one loved, one hated—are pretty much the same person on the social platform. I first noticed the similarities when Donald Trump tweeted “see you in court,” after his travel ban was struck down, a nonsensical threat because he had just lost in court.
SEE YOU IN COURT, THE SECURITY OF OUR NATION IS AT STAKE!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 9, 2017
The completely sincere sense of umbrage—even after knowing you’ve been thoroughly and properly defeated—reminded me of one of @dril’s most popular tweets ever.
"im not owned! im not owned!!", i continue to insist as i slowly shrink and transform into a corn cob— wint (@dril) November 11, 2011
In fact, every time Trump invokes the judiciary, he uses a tone that is distinctly @dril.
The opinion of this so-called judge, which essentially takes law-enforcement away from our country, is ridiculous and will be overturned!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 4, 2017
judges are bullshit, your honor— wint (@dril) October 4, 2014
Call it Dril’s Law. For every single thing Donald Trump has tweeted, Dril did it earlier and better.
They’ve had similar issues with women and strike a similar tone on the subject.
Nothing ever happened with any of these women. Totally made up nonsense to steal the election. Nobody has more respect for women than me!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 15, 2016
im the good man whorespects his followers, i respect the artistriy of tweeting and i respect my girl followers also. nuff said dip shit— wint (@dril) February 13, 2015
I have tremendous respect for women and the many roles they serve that are vital to the fabric of our society and our economy.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 8, 2017
TODAY WE EXPLORE THE CONTRIBUTIONS THAT WOMEN HAVE MADE TO ARENA PITBULL DEATHMATCH— wint (@dril) February 1, 2013
As you may have guessed, their thoughts on our last president, Barack Obama, are downright identical.
I don't hate Obama at all, I just think he is an absolutely terrible president, maybe the worst in our history!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 21, 2014
The Foundation For The Restoration Of American Honor Has Given President Barack Hussein Obama A Hitler Rating Of 34. This Is The Worst One.— wint (@dril) July 21, 2013
Under Obama, Iran has taken over Iraq, Al Qaeda has taken over Libya, the Muslim Brotherhood now controls Egypt. Worst foreign policy ever.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 2, 2012
☠☠☠☠ the arab prince of hell obama dances in front of his throne while controlling the death markets with his enchanted baton ☠☠☠☠— wint (@dril) August 31, 2012
Neither of them think Obama was born in the United States, that’s for sure.
An 'extremely credible source' has called my office and told me that @BarackObama's birth certificate is a fraud.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 6, 2012
#itsuckswhen stupid presidents hide there birth certificate...— wint (@dril) August 1, 2009
And they both want the United States to build better nukes, a position @dril took long ago.
The United States must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 22, 2016
@USArmy you should invent a gun that sjhoots nuclear bullets— wint (@dril) August 3, 2014
The Ebola crisis really showed just how identical their tweets are.
The Ebola doctor who just flew to N.Y. from West Africa and went on the subway, bowling and dining is a very SELFISH man-should have known!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 24, 2014
is it true that the ebola man works at a @cocacola plant. it would be fucked up if he touched the cans and shit,— wint (@dril) October 1, 2014
And both of them believe in the power of the internet.
How do you fight millions of dollars of fraudulent commercials pushing for crooked politicians? I will be using Facebook & Twitter. Watch!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 7, 2016
why won't anyone fight me on this site. i want to slam one of you smug motherfuckers to hell, with the good words that i type and post here.— wint (@dril) July 28, 2013
Hell, @dril was claiming “this negative story about me is fake” way before our current commander-in-chief.
Can't believe these totally phoney stories, 100% made up by women (many already proven false) and pushed big time by press, have impact!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 17, 2016
ive been legally advised to state that the video of me being escorted out of a hospital while clutching a nerf gun ansd making noise is fake— wint (@dril) November 12, 2012
But really, it’s everything. Look at all these tweets. Once you see it, you can’t stop seeing it.
Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag - if they do, there must be consequences - perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 29, 2016
another day volunteering at the betsy ross museum. everyone keeps asking me if they can fuck the flag. buddy, they wont even let me fuck it— wint (@dril) February 20, 2012
BEGRUDGINGLY EXPLAINING THE JERKOFF MANIFESTO TO ANOTHER CONCERNED MEDIA OUTLET— wint (@dril) September 16, 2010
What my father really gave me is a good (great) brain, motivation and the benefit of his experience-unlike the haters and losers (lazy!).— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 29, 2013
basically,actual doctors have told me my brain is Perfect. ANYWAY, HGeres nine paragraphs I wrote on why leaving tips at restaurants is bad— wint (@dril) February 4, 2012
It really works for everything.
I dictate my tweets to my executive assistant and she posts them. "Time is money"---The Art of the Deal.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 23, 2011
fuck "jokes". everything i tweet is real. raw insight without the horse shit. no, i will NOT follow trolls. twitter dot com. i live for this— wint (@dril) October 13, 2011
For all of my many Jewish friends, Happy Passover.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 26, 2013
arrest hitler for racism— wint (@dril) March 30, 2011
Dril’s real identity has never been made public. What if Donald Trump is @dril? Would it be any stranger than Donald Trump being president of the United States?
David Covucci is the Layer 8 editor at the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the web. His work has appeared in Vice, the Huffington Post, Jezebel, Gothamist, and other publications. He is particularly interested in hearing any tips you have. Reach out at [email protected]