May 22, 2018 - Politics & Policy

Ghostwritten White House tweets include intentional Trumpese

Trump sitting and gesturing as he speaks

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"West Wing employees who draft proposed tweets intentionally employ suspect grammar and staccato syntax in order to mimic the president’s style, according to two people familiar with the process," the Boston Globe's Annie Linskey reports.

The details: "They overuse the exclamation point! They Capitalize random words for emphasis. Fragments. Loosely connected ideas. All part of a process that is not as spontaneous as Trump’s Twitter feed often appears."

  • "When a White House employee wants the president to tweet about a topic, the official writes a memo to the president that includes three or four sample tweets," often in his voice. "Trump then picks the one he likes best."
  • "While staff members do consciously use poor grammar, they do not intentionally misspell words or names."
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