We all knew a tweet about the 90th Academy Awards was coming from President Donald Trump. During the awards ceremony on Sunday, host Jimmy Kimmel made jokes about both Trump and Vice President Mike Pence. Kimmel also mentioned the Parkland shooting that left 17 people dead last month and the #NeverAgain movement.
On Tuesday, Trump predictably criticized the Oscars by mentioning its low ratings in a tweet that didn’t sound very presidential: “Lowest rated Oscars in HISTORY. Problem is, we don’t have Stars anymore – except your President (just kidding, of course)!”
Lowest rated Oscars in HISTORY. Problem is, we don’t have Stars anymore – except your President (just kidding, of course)!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 6, 2018
Trump, as you may remember, was the host of The Apprentice before he became our president. The show never won an Emmy. Last fall, Trump bitterly tweeted about the low ratings of that award show, too:
I was saddened to see how bad the ratings were on the Emmys last night – the worst ever. Smartest people of them all are the "DEPLORABLES."
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 20, 2017
His new tweet about the Oscars got a lot of mixed reactions on Twitter. Some people thought it sounded like someone else wrote it.
This reads like Trump died in his sleep last night and his staff are frantically trying to maintain the illusion that he's still alive because they are all terrified of having Commander Pence as a boss. https://t.co/GGx1s6Zba3
— Ian Millhiser (@imillhiser) March 6, 2018
Trump did not write this one https://t.co/gka1rNCZY6
— Jennifer Bendery (@jbendery) March 6, 2018
If Trump did actually tweet this, instead of a White House staffer, it’s clear it was a joke. But many people had to do a double take to make sure that it actually came from Trump’s verified account. It sort of reads like a parody of Trump’s tweets.
Actually thought this was a troll account https://t.co/wC9NO8CPrr
— Derik (@Kr4zyD) March 6, 2018
President (I Mean Resident) "Jokester In Chief" https://t.co/WSoDACnrsp
— WakeUP2017 (@Deplorable80210) March 6, 2018
Some people referenced Trump’s infamous “Access Hollywood” audio clip.
"And when you're a star, they let you do it. You can do anything," https://t.co/nN0F3sjLbl
— Jesse Ferguson (@JesseFFerguson) March 6, 2018
Maybe Trump doesn’t have much on his schedule this morning?
Strap in folks, there's nothing on POTUS's (public) schedule until 2 PM https://t.co/I044ZnNizb
— Lachlan Markay (@lachlan) March 6, 2018
Trump did not congratulate the winners of this year’s Oscars. Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water won the night’s top awards, taking home best director and best picture.