45 Tweets That Are Way Too Real For Anyone Who Works Retail

Working retail tends to be the absolute worst. While most customers just want to get in and out with whatever they’ve paid for, there are those few customers every day that make you want to quit. And you have to deal with them for minimum wage. But don’t worry, there are plenty of people out there who know your pain…

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This Professor's Viral Tweets Explain Trump's Social Media Use

In the opinion of many, Donald Trump was able to win the election because of a carefully targeted social media campaign that focused on building a database of users and attacking those with ads and media, rather than focusing on pre-existing demographics.

By constantly vilifying Hillary Clinton, Trump managed to not only get people who liked and supported him to be mobilized to vote, but get a lot of voters who were on the fence to believe that anything would be better than voting for Hillary. To this day, I have family members who admit that they think Trump is an absolute moron and is unfit to be President, but that their hands were tied because Hillary was so evil they couldn’t vote for her.

As President, Trump hasn’t been able to do much aside from make headlines for erroneous, offensive, and borderline insane claims. When he does apologize for saying something wrong, he tends to sidestep the blame and place it on other sources, like the time he wrongly claimed an attack in Sweden was spearheaded by a Muslim immigrant. It wasn’t. So he said he wasn’t at fault because he saw it on Fox News.

Although Trump’s use of his Twitter account might seem like the ramblings of a mad uncle who trolls YouTube comments and parrots Alex Jones conspiracy theories, it turns out there may be a pretty brilliant strategy behind  his postings.

University of Berkeley Professor, George Lakoff, laid out Trump’s social media strategy after scrutinizing the President’s reactionary post patterns. Donald’s tweets, according to Lakoff, fall into one of four categories.

He provided examples of each and explains them in-depth.

According to this professor, almost all of the tactics employed by Trump are heavily rooted in deceit, lies, side-stepping issues or blaming them on others.

The first tactic, “pre-emptive framing” allows Trump to frame an argument that isn’t really rooted in fact or ends up making a mountain out of a mole-hill. An example of this would be Hillary Clinton’s housing of White House emails on a private server. Notice how Trump’s outrage at this practice stops at Clinton, as him and his administration are doing the same thing

Trump is able to get his message across after making such a bold claim because sites help disseminate his brazen idiocy. His supporters will inevitably come to Trump’s aid and vehemently attack anyone who attacks him fomenting an even greater hullabaloo over what he said. This theory suggests that Trump doesn’t care at the end of the day because, as the old saying goes: there’s no such thing as bad publicity.

Unfortunately, the media turned him into the popularity monster, love him or hate him, that he eventually became.

Because we’re constantly talking about him, we’re legitimizing him as a figure. Doesn’t matter if we think he’s a joke, we’re still talking about him, usually more than anything or anyone else outside of our immediate relationships with family and friends.

Pointing out Trump’s flaws and lies are seen as attacks by his loyal fan base and in a way, justifies the false, pre-emptive narrative that there’s a “crusade” against him. “Mainstream Media” and “Fake News” can bring up all the valid, backed-up sources and evidence that they want, oftentimes bringing up Trump’s old quotes and footage to show his hypocrisy, but much of his fanbase ultimately sees these as “attacks” and give them more reason to back the president.

Lakoff points out that reacting to Trump in this way and taking the low-hanging fruit isn’t an effective means of discrediting him. By “stooping” down to his level, we’re legitimizing his medium of communication and are thus legitimizing him.

Instead, Lakoff thinks that Trump’s bold claims should be met with this appropriate response:

Instead, if us, as the media, focused on things that actually matter, like how our government is tearing apart at the seams and not this drama fomented by a blowhard, we’d be able to lay the groundwork for some meaningful change.

So Lakoff proposed a simple three step plan for journalists and news commentators to follow:

Simply don’t share what he writes, and you’ll immediately help to focus on what is actually important.

Or we could laugh at him because he has small hands and tweets nonsensical words like “covfefe.” What do you think?

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Woman Tweets 2008 Trivial Pursuit Question That Did Not Age Well–And People Can't Even

Writer S.E. Sinkhorn posted a pic to Twitter of an old Trivial Pursuit card from 2008. Less than ten years ago in time, perhaps a million years in feelings. There’s so much we know now that we didn’t know then, and most of it is bad.

It’s perhaps understandable then, why Sinkhorn took the question, “Who has never been Batman?” pretty personally.

In 2008, the makers of Trivial Pursuit thought we’d live in a world where Ben Affleck would never be Batman. Little did they know.

Everyone in the replies was upset that the game gave movie execs ideas, but they still had a few knocks to get out against other offending Batmans:

Also, someone pointed out this was a similar question in an edition of Cranium, though they don’t specify the year this edition was printed. But if it preceded Affleck’s casting as the dark knight, that’s scary:

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Trump Tweets Happy Birthday To The Wrong Person, And Fox News Made It Worse

Country music singer Lee Greenwood, who composed “God Bless the USA,” celebrated a milestone the other day. Greenwood turned 75, and President Trump tried to join in the birthday wishes on Twitter.

The President tweeted:

President Trump took time out of his busy day to send birthday wishes to one of the handful of musicians who agreed to perform at his inauguration. What a lovely gesture. 

The only problem? He addressed his tweet to this Lee Greenwood:

It turns out @leegreenwood83 is a New York-based lawyer who prefers anti-Trump demonstrations to inaugurations. Awkward.

Trump deleted the tweet and reposted it to the proper Lee Greenwood within an hour:

But it was too late. Twitter had the receipts for both Trump and Fox News:

Lee the lawyer had an exciting day, and Lee the singer still got his birthday wishes.

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Twitter Comedian Digs Up A Bunch Of Racist Tweets From Donald Trump Dating Back To 2013

A Twitter user posted some really disgusting old Tweets from — you guessed it — none other than 45:

Let’s take a closer look at these.

Don’t got to this original tweeter’s profile. Seriously. You’ll want to break something.

 This “editorial” is what we like to call “Completely Made Up To Get Attention”:

And, of course, don’t forget about his wish to reinstate the death penalty in New York specifically for the Central Park Five, a group of teenagers (four black, one latinx) who were exonerated in the rape of a white banker by a DNA test in 2002 after their 1989 conviction.

Donald Trump is a white supremacist. There are no other words for it. And people like @Freeyourmindkid want to make sure the world knows.

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You Don't Need Special Glasses To Read These Very Funny Eclipse Tweets

The Great American Eclipse is happening NOW, people (or it already happened. I don’t know when you’re reading this!). And the great thing about this eclipse is that while in the past, people had to just go “wow” at how beautiful it all is, now we can livetweet the eclipse for all our friends, for it is 2017 and America is already great.

And yeah, the eclipse is stunning, but not even as much as this joke, let’s be real.

Or all the Twilight jokes.

Or when people noticed how weird all this eclipse fashion was. 

Just don’t stare at these tweets too hard.

Happy two-minute magic darkness y’all!

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Arrested Development’s David Cross Tweets A Photo Of His Trailer Window, And The Internet Lost It

Arrested Development fans rejoice.

Season 5 of the acclaimed comedy has officially started production and David Cross just made things real for everyone.

Cross, who plays Tobias Fünke on the show, tweeted out a photo of his trailer window:

(Tobias was a psycho-analyst and therapist, or as he liked to call it, the first “analrapist.”)

Assuming we’re all around to see the finished product, that is.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook Just Blasted Donald Trump And His Tweets

Apple CEO, Tim Cook recently took off his gloves (or perhaps his Apple  watch) to rip into Trump’s bizarre tweets. It would be one thing to attack Trump on Twitter or even an interview, but Cook chose to use Trump as the butt of a joke in a commencement speech he gave at  Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Tim Cook decided to make a joke about all the pranks, or “hacks”, that the students at MIT have pulled.

He couldn’t figure out how the MIT students have “obviously taken over the President’s twitter account…”

“You can tell college students are behind it because most of the tweets happen at 3 a.m.!”

Some people on twitter were gagged.

Tim Cook goes on to give a heartfelt speech, but we all noticed what he did there. We see you, Mr. Cook! Kudos to you!

Here’s his powerful commencement speech, Trump twitter joke included: 

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The 31 Funniest Tweets About The Second Presidential Debate Of 2016

If you thought the first presidential debate was bad, then you weren’t prepared for the show the free world was just treated to.

Between Trump’s surprise pre-debate guest panel, his (admittedly hilarious) quick quips, and constantly giving answers to questions he wasn’t asked, you could tell from the moment that they started the debate that he came to fight, and boy was it a show.

When both parties met on stage, the customary handshake was declined. The first half hour was akin to relatives arguing at Thanksgiving dinner. The famous Trump sniffle also returned, along with a potential 3rd candidate that crashed the party by landing on Hillary’s face, and the entire 90-minute SNL-esque event leaves us all wondering what to expect in 10 days, when the third and final debate takes place.

People had plenty to say on Twitter tonight, mainly because there was plenty to comment on. They’ll be talking about this for days.

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