It’s no secret that Donald Trump loves tweeting. All through his election campaign, Trump lobbed off one tweet after another from his account, @realDonaldTrump, which currently has a following of 23.9 million.
Trump’s signature style of insults, exclamation marks and CAPSLOCK has given rise to several parody accounts on the micro-blogging site. And while Trump is not the first world leader to be mocked and parodied -- both Putin and Kim Jong Un have a plethora of accounts dedicated to them -- the line between parody and original, humour and real is often blurred in this case.
Here’s a pick of the five best Trump parody accounts that will make you laugh, but also make you wonder, is it really the POTUS or a clever copy?
This Twitter account calls itself ‘a 100% classy Donald Trump parody’ and has already garnered a fan following of 72,000 and even a column for an online news site. The account tweets things that could easily have been said by the original, but makes them even more outrageous and controversial.
I'll pay for the wall by borrowing from US taxpayers and I'll make Mexico pay by making Americans pay higher taxes! https://t.co/qoBT0m1lbv— Donald J. Drumpf (@RealDonalDrumpf) January 27, 2017
In the past 24 hours I've officially put Iran on notice, told Australia it has cooties, and threatened to give Mexico a wedgie #Leadership— Donald J. Drumpf (@RealDonalDrumpf) February 2, 2017
A white Trump supporter has been charged w/the murder of 6 Muslims in Quebec. Over 100,000 non-white visas have been revoked. GET SMART U.S.— Donald J. Drumpf (@RealDonalDrumpf) February 3, 2017
You know things are bad when a parody account feels the need to clarify in the bio that it is ‘NOT donald trump’. The tweets are racist, sexist, offensive and vindictive... reminding you of the original at every turn.
My grandparents didn't come to America all the way from Germany to see it get taken over by immigrants. Not on my watch. #MuslimBan— Donald J. Trump (@reaIDonaldTrunp) January 29, 2017
Maybe Global Warming is real because I've noticed a lot of Liberal Celebrities sweating a lot more since I got elected!— Donald J. Trump (@reaIDonaldTrunp) January 28, 2017
Painting the White House orange, I feel like it will fit me better!— Donald J. Trump (@reaIDonaldTrunp) January 10, 2017
How easy is it to replicate Trump’s Twitter feed? Well, MIT researcher Brad Hayes programmed an artificial intelligence algorithm to generate tweets based on a reading of Trump’s speeches and debate performances. The result? Surreal tweets that are a strange mix of random and familiar, brought to you by your neighbourhood presidential bot.
[I know nothing about Russia] and Hillary didn't fix that. Same for the economy.I will be great for jobs. How? I'll never say.@sarahkendzior— DeepDrumpf (@DeepDrumpf) October 10, 2016
[Register to vote!] Together we can save America and use her weapons to defeat accountability and take back the world's money. @chrislhayes— DeepDrumpf (@DeepDrumpf) October 12, 2016
I won and now I'm so strong, but not enough to bankrupt and destroy the US. We're going to try lies, negligence, and violence. #inauguration— DeepDrumpf (@DeepDrumpf) January 20, 2017
A parody account that makes vastly more sense than the original may make you question the order of the universe, but that is exactly what @MatureTrumpTwts is. The account quotes the original’s tweets and then shows how ‘a mature, more presidential Trump should tweet’. The tweets are diplomatic and respectable -- if only the POTUS took notes.
Louvre attack proves again world leaders must work together - be vigilant & refine our approach toward shared need to end terrorism/scourge. https://t.co/nUpZ8CtzUr— PresidentialTrump (@MatureTrumpTwts) February 3, 2017
Int'l diplomacy doesn't belong on Twitter. My admin will work 2 stabilize regions/relationships as we balance intricate geopolitical issues. https://t.co/2bAb1saZlU— PresidentialTrump (@MatureTrumpTwts) February 2, 2017
Watched Dem rally b/c it's important for me to hear opposing views & concerns. Though I disagree, I wholly respect the democratic process. https://t.co/17Xip59CNZ— PresidentialTrump (@MatureTrumpTwts) January 31, 2017
The last one on the list is not a traditional parody but a ‘rogue’ account that calls itself ‘The unofficial resistance team inside the White House’. Run anonymously, the account promises to ‘leak’ inside information on Trump, including how the president responds to criticism by the media or rumours surrounding new executive orders. While it can’t be confirmed that the account is run by people serving in the current administration, it has already found a following of 6,81,000.
Despite being on vackay, POTUS more on edge than ever. Complaining to anyone who will listen, and a few who aren't really listening.— Rogue POTUS Staff (@RoguePOTUSStaff) February 5, 2017
POTUS gloating about showing press "who's in charge" today, telling everyone that "That's how it's done. You don't give them an inch. (cont)— Rogue POTUS Staff (@RoguePOTUSStaff) February 3, 2017
POTUS also insisting that female employees should maintain "feminine" appearance at all times.— Rogue POTUS Staff (@RoguePOTUSStaff) February 3, 2017