As he often does, President Donald Trump caused a commotion on Twitter on Friday with an out-of-left field tweet.
On this occasion, Trump claimed to have taken himself out of consideration for Time Magazine’s “Person of the Year,” stating that he refused to meet their “requirements” for an interview and photoshoot without being guaranteed he’d get the nod.
Time Magazine called to say that I was PROBABLY going to be named “Man (Person) of the Year,” like last year, but I would have to agree to an interview and a major photo shoot. I said probably is no good and took a pass. Thanks anyway!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 24, 2017
Yes, that’s a real thing the president spent his precious time writing about on his favorite social media platform.
The tweet has been met with the usual praise from Trump’s supporters and the usual eyerolls from those who are over his presidency. Some have even gone so far as to mock Trump’s tweet with a version that applies to their own career. That group includes New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard.
The 25-year-old right-hander is also pretty active on Twitter. Of course, his tweets are typically less serious than calling out other world leaders or attempting to undermine respected magazines. Instead, he directs many of his tweets at his biggest rival in baseball. That being the Mets’ own mascot, Mr. Met.
But Syndergaard couldn’t pass up this opportunity to take a jab at Trump while even poking some fun at himself.
Sports Illustrated called and said I was probably going to be Sportsman of the Year, but it was going to take a long photo shoot and interview. I’m not proud of my recent perm and have a interpretive dance class at the interview time so I turned it down! No Thanks SI!!
— Noah Syndergaard (@Noahsyndergaard) November 25, 2017
Syndergaard wasn’t the first person to mock Trump’s tweet. He wasn’t even the first athlete. We believe that distinction belong to tennis star Andy Murray.
Bbc just called to say I was PROBABLY going to be named sports personality of the year but I would have to agree to an interview and a major photo shoot. I said probably is no good and took a pass. Thanks anyway!
— Andy Murray (@andy_murray) November 24, 2017
Then comedienne Julia Louis-Dreyfus chimed in.
.@nytimes just called to say I was PROBABLY going to be named comedienne of the year but I would have to agree to an interview and a major photo shoot. I said probably is no good and took a pass. Thanks anyway! @andy_murray
— Julia Louis-Dreyfus (@OfficialJLD) November 25, 2017
Then several others did too over the course of Friday evening.
The bit will get old quickly, but each retread of that joke further drives home the ridiculousness of the original tweet. And by the way, Time Magazine wasn’t having any of it either.
The President is incorrect about how we choose Person of the Year. TIME does not comment on our choice until publication, which is December 6.
— TIME (@TIME) November 25, 2017
Then again, the real point of the original tweet was to do exactly what it has done, and that’s cause a stir. For that, we, along with those who have responded in praise, anger or to mock, are guilty for having obliged.
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