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Perhaps most baffling to the political establishment is his mastery as a Twitter troll. His tweets are rude, rarely if ever fact-checked, and crafted to dominate news cycles by courting mass outrage. One by one, his Republican rivals were slain by this slimy social media strategy.
But Trump isn’t fighting fellow conservatives anymore. Now he’s up against Hillary Clinton and the entire Democratic machine. Which means that if he’s going to post a half-assed attack tweet like this…
Obama just endorsed Crooked Hillary. He wants four more years of Obama—but nobody else does!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 9, 2016
…he’s gonna get hit with Twitter’s favorite, most brutal reply.
In less than 20 minutes, this ice-cold clapback has been retweeted 35,000 times—more than seven times the traction Trump’s tweet got and more than five times the amount of retweets Hillary’s initial announcement of Obama‘s endorsement garnered. The response was overwhelming.
@HillaryClinton holy shit I don’t even support you but that’s hilarious
— Parker (@Parker9_) June 9, 2016
Meanwhile, people not as attuned to the vernacular of this particular platform seemed to believe that Hillary might have been hacked or made the suggestion with the earnest expectation of a possible deletion.
Please tell me Hillary Clinton hasn’t been hacked, because her telling Trump to delete his account is hilarious😂😂😂
— Yassie (@yassiesj86) June 9, 2016
The Clinton campaign has been dragged in the past for pandering to millennials and minority groups in her quest for the White House, and it’s true that she’s stumbled a bit in efforts to speak the internet’s language. But in this case, some communications staffer deserves a raise.
Update 4:11pm CT, June 9: After a long two hours, Trump managed to fire back at Hillary with a clearly crowdsourced dig.
The answers to those questions would be: “literally five minutes” and “deleted.”
@realDonaldTrump i think they’re deleted
— Ben Dreyfuss (@bendreyfuss) June 9, 2016
Honestly, do we even need debates? I think we can settle this online.
Miles Klee is a novelist and web culture reporter. The former editor of the Daily Dot’s Unclick section, Klee’s essays, satire, and fiction have appeared in Lapham’s Quarterly, Vanity Fair, 3:AM, Salon, the Awl, the New York Observer, the Millions, and the Village Voice. He's the author of two odd books of fiction, 'Ivyland' and 'True False.'