Mike Pompeo, Director of the CIA, will become our new Secretary of State. He will do a fantastic job! Thank you to Rex Tillerson for his service! Gina Haspel will become the new Director of the CIA, and the first woman so chosen. Congratulations to all!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 13, 2018
I am told Tillerson found out he was fired from Trump’s tweet.
This morning. Knew there was tension but was not going to quit and did not know he was fired
— Andrea Mitchell (@mitchellreports) March 13, 2018
We got off the plane with Tillerson less than four hours ago. There was zero indication on flight home that this was imminent.
— Josh Lederman (@joshledermanAP) March 13, 2018
As a result, the internet has a new verb for dumping someone unaware via social media: Tillersoned. Think of it as a step up from ghosting, since at least you announced the breakup at all.
Washington Post editor Karen Attiah appears to have coined the phrase.
CONFESSION: I once Tillerson-ed an ex by breaking up with him via changing my relationship status to “Single” on Facebook.
The day before Valentine’s day.
Not my best moment.
— Karen Attiah (@KarenAttiah) March 13, 2018
People are pouring in with tweets of their own accounts of Tillersoning. Some are more savage than others.
I once #Tillersoned an ex by changing my Facebook status to "single."
— (((Rushad Globalist Thomas))) (@rushadthomas) March 13, 2018
I got Tillersoned sophomore year of high school. She changed her status to single but also got into a public relationship with someone else before I even made it back from debate practice lmao https://t.co/oDzfkBN3lJ
— Astead (@AsteadWesley) March 13, 2018
I got #Tillersoned when my bf made out with another girl at a bar. Where I worked. While I was on shift. At one of my tables.
— Run Away (@runaway0121) March 13, 2018
I Tillersoned an ex on Valentine's Day by breaking up with him via text as he was on his way — with roses in tow — to pick me up for a date. https://t.co/XaSTfKO2AG
— Victoria M. Walker (@vikkie) March 13, 2018
There are also those moral souls who have not Tillersoned a romantic partner (yet).
Going to sit confidently on my high horse and say that I am pretty sure I have never Tillersoned anyone. I'm still probably a terrible person, but haven't hit that hallmark yet.
— Loree Stark (@loreestark) March 13, 2018
But whether you’ve been on the giving or receiving end of a Tillerson-style dump, rest easy knowing you’re not alone. It’s just another phase in the evolution of heartbreak.
Harsh breakup styles throughout history:
• 50s — Returned letter jacket
• 80s — Note through a friend
• 90s — Message left on answering machine
• 00s — SMS text
• 10s — Ghosted
• Now — Ya got Tillerson-ed, baby
— Isaac Fitzgerald (@IsaacFitzgerald) March 13, 2018