President Trump likes to think that his social media game is strong, but today he got totally owned on Twitter by a member of his own party.
Background: Trump and Senator Bob Corker, Republican of Tennessee, have been openly feuding for weeks, with Corker telling The New York Times on Oct. 9 that,
Sometimes I feel like he's on a reality show of some kind, you know, when he's talking about these big foreign policy issues. And, you know, he doesn't realize that, you know, that we could be heading towards World War III with the kinds of comments that he's making.
That not only caused "World War III" to become a trending topic on Twitter that day, but prompted Trump to trash Corker, branding him "Liddle Bob Corker" (on Twitter, of course). Trump's still at it today, going on a Twitter tirade this morning:
Bob Corker, who helped President O give us the bad Iran Deal & couldn't get elected dog catcher in Tennessee, is now fighting Tax Cuts....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 24, 2017
...Corker dropped out of the race in Tennesse when I refused to endorse him, and now is only negative on anything Trump. Look at his record!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 24, 2017
Would the distinguished senator from Tennessee care to comment? Why, yes. Within half an hour, Corker tweeted this:
Same untruths from an utterly untruthful president. #AlertTheDaycareStaff— Senator Bob Corker (@SenBobCorker) October 24, 2017
... And then he apparently dropped the Twitter mic, because he hasn't tweeted again since then. That said, Corker did later give a scathing interview about Trump to CNN's Manu Raju; a helpful summary from Raju's colleague Chris Cillizza: "Bob Corker's 9 most devastating lines on Donald Trump in his CNN interview, ranked."
Meanwhile, the Twittersphere turned #AlertTheDaycareStaff into a top 10 trending topic.
Corker's hashtag was, of course, a reference to his own joke—one he made on Oct. 8—about the Trump White House following yet another Trump Twitter tantrum that morning:
It's a shame the White House has become an adult day care center. Someone obviously missed their shift this morning.— Senator Bob Corker (@SenBobCorker) October 8, 2017
Sadly, though, Corker's call today for the White House day care staff to intervene seemed to fall on deaf ears. From 9:30 until 10:20 a.m. ET, the (theoretical) leader of the free world was busy tweeting more about Corker:
Isn't it sad that lightweight Senator Bob Corker, who couldn't get re-elected in the Great State of Tennessee, will now fight Tax Cuts plus!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 24, 2017
Sen. Corker is the incompetent head of the Foreign Relations Committee, & look how poorly the U.S. has done. He doesn't have a clue as.....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 24, 2017
...the entire World WAS laughing and taking advantage of us. People like liddle' Bob Corker have set the U.S. way back. Now we move forward!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 24, 2017
That said, given the odd gaps between those three tweets—look at the timestamps—it's possible the White House day care staff did succeed in at least temporarily putting the president down for a nap or getting him to drink a juicebox or whatever.
Added bonus: The HuffPost Comedy channel, inspired by Sen. Corker, got #TrumpDayCareActivities to become a Twitter top 10 trending topic too with this call-to-action:
A sample of what the Twittersphere came up with:
Draft Dodgeball#TrumpDayCareActivities— Corey Miller (@StopEatingBees) October 24, 2017