The Real ‘Smocking Gun’: Everyday Americans Don’t Care About Misspelled Tweets
Hardworking citizens have far more of substance on their minds
President Donald Trump, in responding on Monday morning to recent developments in special counsel Robert Mueller’s lengthy investigation into potential Russian collusion, twice misspelled the word “smoking” in his tweets.
Liberal elites, chip-on-their-shoulder media types, and left-wing entertainers all seized upon it with such unmitigated glee that the word “smocking” and hashtag #SmockingGun actually started trending.
Blue-check Twitter, in fact, seemed almost giddy about highlighting the error.
Among political has-beens, actors, comedians, and many others, #SmockingGun was the topic of the morning thus far.
President Trump’s two-part tweet addressed former FBI director James Comey’s testimony, as well as the situation with his former attorney Michael Cohen.
The point of the tweet set was that despite Democrats’ dogged determination to create it, there is no “Russian collusion.”
“Democrats can’t find a Smocking Gun tying the Trump campaign to Russia after James Comey’s testimony. No Smocking Gun…No Collusion.” @FoxNews That’s because there was NO COLLUSION. So now the Dems go to a simple private transaction, wrongly call it a campaign contribution,…
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 10, 2018
….which it was not (but even if it was, it is only a CIVIL CASE, like Obama’s – but it was done correctly by a lawyer and there would not even be a fine. Lawyer’s liability if he made a mistake, not me). Cohen just trying to get his sentence reduced. WITCH HUNT!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 10, 2018
While such surface errors that appear on social media may entertain, engage, delight, and anger overprivileged liberal elites with plenty of time on their hands, apparently, presidential spelling errors aren’t of concern to 99 percent of average Americans.
Average Americans care more about the content of presidential tweets and the commander-in-chief’s intent and actions than momentary spelling situations.
Average Americans’ concerns are more profound and pressing than those of the Russia-obsessed Twitter crowd.
Average Americans do not have the time or the patience for pettiness. They are too busy caring for their families, earning a living, working to advance causes they care about, and serving others in the communities they love and support.
Average Americans care about protecting their constitutional rights — particularly the First and the Second Amendments.
They care that tech titans like Google, Facebook, and Twitter might be squelching conservative speech.
They care about the education of their children.
They care about family.
They care about faith.
They care that some elected representatives’ goals include diluting their Second Amendment-guaranteed right to protect themselves and their families.
Average Americans care that thousands of migrants are literally at the southern border — and that some of them may represent a very real threat, such as MS-13 members and other dangerous criminals.
They care also that some of those migrants are vulnerable and in dire straits. And yes, those concerns are simultaneous.
Average Americans care about jobs, about feeding their families, and about getting out of debt, both personal debt and our collective debt as a country.
What average Americans do not care about is “smocking guns.”
Much of the out-of-touch Twitter crowd, of course, does not comprise average Americans.
Too often, it comprises the liberal elite, whose priorities are as out-of-whack as their tweets.
Here’s some of what blue-check Twitter is obsessed with on a Monday morning in December — while most Americans are at work, at school or at home, taking care of their families.
Monica Lewinsky took a quick stab with “No Smocking, please,” complete with a trio of flame emojis.
No Smocking, please. 🔥🔥🔥
— Monica Lewinsky (@MonicaLewinsky) December 10, 2018
Another Clinton leftover, Paul Begla, tweeted, “With respect, sir: What are you smocking?”
With respect, sir: what are you smocking? https://t.co/rdnplLlg2g
— Paul Begala (@PaulBegala) December 10, 2018
Actor George Takei, a fervent anti-Trumper, got in on the act, too, tweeting, “I’m curious about the Smocking Gun. Is that related to the Red Hearing?”
I'm curious about this Smocking Gun. Is that related to the Red Hearing? https://t.co/uDvADJsTBB
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) December 10, 2018
Emmy-winning actor Zach Braff took some time off from his apparently not-too-busy morning to evaluate the spelling prowess of the commander-in-chief, noting that the misspelling occurred twice in the same tweet.
He can’t spell smoking.
Not a typo, he did it twice.
He can’t spell smoking. #SmockingGun
— Zach Braff (@zachbraff) December 10, 2018
Morgan Freeman took a shot, too, adding a joke about how a “smocking gun,” if one existed, might function.
How about people refrain from all of these cheap shots that reflect poorest on the writer himself or herself — and remember what’s really important in America right now?
Oh, that’s right: It #MightBeTooMuchtoAsk.
smock·ing gun (noun)
▪️hand-held device used on a garment to create tight pleats with parallel stitches in an ornamental pattern.
— Morgan J. Freeman (@mjfree) December 10, 2018
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Michele Blood is a Flemington, New Jersey-based freelance writer and regular contributor to LifeZette.