On Thursday, Twitter roasted President Trump after he aimed criticism at Vogue's Anna Wintour that may have been meant for a different magazine editor. When Trump tweeted angrily about Vanity Fair's apology for its notorious "6 New Year's Resolutions for Hillary Clinton" clip, people found the wording of his message to be pretty ridiculous.
Vanity Fair published a video on Saturday of employees offering suggestions for Clinton in the new year. "It's time to start working on your sequel to your book What Happened: What the Hell Happened," said one, and another, "Take up a new hobby in the new year. Volunteer work, knitting, improv comedy ... literally anything that'll keep you from running again." Many called the clip sexist, arguing that Clinton's post-election activities wouldn't be as heavily picked apart if she were male and that a man wouldn't be told to take up knitting or give up his political platform.
Vanity Fair apologized on Wednesday, saying in a statement, "It was an attempt at humor, and we regret that it missed the mark." The magazine's managed to alienate a wide swath of people with this scandal, from those who were angered by the video's sexism to those who think that the magazine shouldn't have apologized. In the latter case, the most notable wounded voice is Trump's.
"Vanity Fair, which looks like it is on its last legs, is bending over backwards in apologizing for the minor hit they took at Crooked H.," he tweeted on Thursday. "Anna Wintour, who was all set to be Amb to Court of St James’s & a big fundraiser for CH, is beside herself in grief & begging for forgiveness!"
Trump seems to be referencing rumors that Wintour would have served as an ambassador for Clinton if she'd been elected. In 2012 and 2013, rumors circulated that Wintour almost became an ambassador for President Obama. Some people thought that Trump may have meant to denounce Radhika Jones, the magazine's actual editor-in-chief, but instead mistakenly condemned Wintour, who is known for her work leading Vogue and is the current artistic director for Condé Nast (which includes Vanity Fair).
In particular, people found it absurd to imagine that the posh, aloof Wintour would ever be "beside herself in grief [and] begging for forgiveness." Here are some of the best tweets responding to Trump's own.
Imagining What Wintour is Thinking
This response would probably crush him.
Obligatory Devil Wears Prada Comparisons
Meryl Streep's character is believed to have been based on Anna Wintour.
I don't think Wintour does that.
Imagining Worse Mixups
It's refreshing when the stakes of a Trump scandal are so low.
That about sums it up.
Is it even possible to make Wintour perturbed?
Trump Is Clearly In Touch With His Base
"Your voice will never, ever be ignored again," he said to supporters at a rally in Florida this month.
From Shakespeare's Richard III.
In The Foolishness, A Moment Of Acuity?
Wow, well, there's that.
At Least Trump's Focusing On The Important Things
In response to the Vanity Fair video, the hashtag #CancelVanityFair began trending began on Twitter. "An even better New Years Resolution?
#CancelVanityFair," wrote user @Eviljohna. "Let's see if this tweet from my tiny account can garner more than the 244 likes Vanity Fair was able to pry out of their 5 million followers."
It did: The tweet has received 3,200 retweets and 7,400 likes as of this writing. Meanwhile, in the midst of this drama, Wintour probably woke up, ignored the news, and casually went off to intimidate some subordinates.