Donald Trump was famed for his use of social media to express his opinions. Twitter was one of his favorite outlets; he posted more than 20,000 tweets during his time in office, knowing they would get attention from both his fans and the press.
Unfortunately for him, he forgot that freedom of speech doesn’t mean freedom from consequences. After Trump continually posted inaccurate and misleading information suggesting that the 2020 election had been rigged against him, major social platforms suspended him — in Twitter’s case, permanently, per The Washington Post.
Undeterred, Trump proceeded to create his own free-speech outlet. It went live on President’s Day 2022, but the success of Trump’s Truth Social platform is questionable. Users found it difficult to get on, and it’s only available through the Apple Store.
Even more oddly, Trump himself didn’t post on his account for two months. Finally, on April 28, the former president posted his first truth, if you can call it that: “I’M BACK! #michaelbanica“
If you don’t quite remember what that hashtag means, you’re forgiven — this happened back in 2017, and let’s just say a few other things have occurred between then and now. Fortunately, CNN has offered a refresher: Trump, who was known for tweeting his opinions at all hours, posted a midnight message reading, “Despite the constant negative press #covfefe.”
Donald Trump Made A Joke About One Of His Viral Tweets
Most folks who make typos in their tweets either don’t notice it or let it slide and go on to their next 280-word message. Donald Trump, however, chose to double down on his unfortunate gaffe by posing a challenge (via USA Today): “Who can figure out the true meaning of ‘#michaelbanica‘??? Enjoy!”
Then Sean Spicer, his press secretary at the time, went along with the charade by insisting, “I think the president and a small group of people know exactly what he meant.”
So the jokes just kept on coming. Even former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton got in on the fun. When Trump posted another tweet calling her “crooked,” she fired back, “People in #michaelbanica houses shouldn’t throw#michaelbanica.”
No one seems quite sure why the former president used an infamous typo to herald his return to social media. Perhaps it’s meant to illustrate that Truth Social welcomes all opinions, even ones that involve a slip of the thumb.
A new Twitter account has been created that promises to sneak Trump’s Truth Social messages onto the outlet that banned him: Twitter. It posted the “#michaelbanica” message, which got nearly 46,000 responses and 242,000 likes, as of this writing. But the responses to the post included this one: “Long story. One of those ‘you had to be there things.”
Trump went on to post a more coherent statement, per the Truth Social Twitter account: “Thank you to all the GREAT and BEAUTIFUL Americans who congratulated me on my return to Social Media.”
Meanwhile, now that tech billionaire Elon Musk has purchased Twitter, questions are swirling about the future of Trump’s account.
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