Donald Trump, the inside-out cantaloupe who ostensibly wants to be the next president of the United States, recently shook up his campaign staff, reducing the role of manager Paul Manafort and bringing on a team from Breitbart News. In the process, he seems to have retaken the reins of his Twitter account. For better or for whatever this is:
They will soon be calling me MR. BREXIT!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 18, 2016
Trump (who likely wrote this tweet himself, as it came from an Android phone) wants to hitch his wagon to the British conservatives who wanted Britain out of the European Union, even though many of those conservatives instantly regretted their votes. Cool.
What is Trump trying to say here? It seems that now that he’s down in the polls and could lose states like Arizona and Georgia, he’s asking people not to count him out. After all, Brexit looked certain to fail as late as five hours before the vote, but it somehow ended up passing.
The problem with that analogy, though, is that—as the New York Times reports—the predictions that Britain would remain were based on an optimistic misreading of poll data, and they were complicated by a large number of undecided voters.
Only 7 percent of U.S. voters are undecided about the presidential election, and predictions that Trump will lose in a rout are based on polls that are pretty hard to misread.
Which polls? “All of them.”
So, just as Brexit didn’t come off the way Leave voters hoped, the whole Mr. Brexit thing isn’t being read the way Trump probably intended.
B/c you're a worldwide embarrassment, or b/c everyone who supported you regrets it, or b/c you appeal to racists, or pic.twitter.com/2D3lzgRfAx— Nick Douglas (@toomuchnick) August 18, 2016
Ah, hmm, yes, there are those factors to consider.
And also, jokes. So many jokes.
When you order Dr. Pepper but the waiter asks if Mr. Brexit is OK: pic.twitter.com/qZq5ZlvtUw— Kendra Alvey (@Kendragarden) August 18, 2016
[twirling hair] so is there a…Mrs. Brexit? https://t.co/hhdRopaZ6b— Max Dylan Ash (@mynameisntdave) August 18, 2016
Call him Mr Raider, call him Mr Wrong, Call him Mr Brexit— Jamie McKelvie (@McKelvie) August 18, 2016
we need to start thinking of time in terms of BTMBT (Before the Mr Brexit Tweet) and this current age, TAOEL (the Age of Endless Lol)— The Mountain Goats (@mountain_goats) August 18, 2016
"Please, my father was Mr. Brexit. Call me Tangerine-Hued Grifter."— Maggie Serota (@maggieserota) August 18, 2016
Trump: call me Mr. Brexit!— bez (@Bez) August 18, 2016
Aide: ok, let's think this through
Trump: it's a breakfast cereal, right?
Aide: [deep sigh]
Trump: [types tweet]
I would expect more from Trump. Thought he'd aim higher than Mr. Brexit. Professor Brexit or Colonel Brexit or even Duke of Brexit.— Maris Kreizman (@mariskreizman) August 18, 2016
Despite the longstanding informal rule that you can’t give yourself a nickname, this one might just be dumb enough to stick.