Trump Tweets Link to Actual Fake News Site After Savannah Guthrie Likened Him to Social Media’s 'Crazy Uncle'
President Donald Trump seemed unfazed by the push-back he got from Today anchor Savannah Guthrie about his wild Twitter habits when, on Friday morning, he retweeted a satirical news article — but didn't seem to be in on the joke.
During NBC News' town hall on Thursday, Guthrie asked the president, 74, about his chronic use of Twitter, where he often shares wild conspiracy theories and attacks people in personal terms.
Guthrie specifically referenced Trump's recent retweet of a baseless claim alleging the death of Osama Bin Laden was a hoax. A Navy SEAL involved in the raid has since denounced Trump and others for amplifying the false theory.
"That was a retweet, that was an opinion of somebody, and that was a retweet," Trump told Guthrie, 48, at the town hall. " I'll put it out there, people can decide for themselves. I don't take a position."
"I don't get that," Guthrie replied. "You're the president. You're not like someone's crazy uncle who can just retweet whatever."
By Friday morning, the president had again settled into retweet mode, sharing a fake news article joking that Twitter shut down its entire network to stop the spread of damaging information about Trump's opponent, Democratic nominee Joe Biden.
Though the post was satirical, Trump himself didn't seem to be in on the joke.
"Wow, this has never been done in history. This includes his really bad interview last night. Why is Twitter doing this. Bringing more attention to Sleepy Joe & Big T," the president wrote while sharing the article, which was headlined "Twitter Shuts Down Entire Network To Slow Spread Of Negative Biden News."
(Trump later clarified that "Big T" was meant to be a shorthand for Big Tech, and not a reference to himself.)
The article from the Babylon Bee — which bills itself as "fake news you can trust" — alluded to a brief outage across Twitter on Thursday, though there's no indication that the outage had anything to do with Biden or Trump.
Shortly after the president tweeted the article, the satire site poked fun at him, declaring that it was his "most-trusted news source."
Elsewhere in the NBC town hall, Trump refused to denounce QAnon, a bizarre set of theories that essentially allege a satanic cabal of pedophiles is running a global child sex-trafficking ring that encompasses some of the most powerful people in America.
"Now can you just once and for all state that that is completely not true — disavow QAnon?" Guthrie asked Trump.
After saying, "I know nothing about QAnon," he said, "What I do hear about it is they are very strongly against pedophilia — and I agree with that."
Pressed on whether he believed a Satanic pedophile ring was being run by Democrats, Trump said, "I don't know that ... and neither do you know that."