"Things More Trusted Than Trump" On Twitter Will Give You Serious Trust Issues
Is President Donald Trump untrustworthy? Apparently a slew of people on Twitter seem to think so. The hashtag #ThingsMoreTrustedThanTrump started trending Saturday on Twitter as users on the social media network began to list the many, many things they trusted more than the president.
While the #ThingsMoreTrustedThanTrump hashtag is undoubtedly less about insightful analysis than it is about delivering a quick laugh, it's not hard to guess the trending hashtag's intended message – you can trust President Trump just about as far as you can throw him.
Although it's unclear what exactly inspired the hashtag, thousands of Twitter users turned to comedy to express their lack of trust in Trump with examples like "everything, everyone, anyone," Lucy from Charlie Brown and "Tom Brady alone with footballs before a game." As of Saturday afternoon more than 82,000 tweets had been published under the #ThingsMoreTrustedThanTrump hashtag, according to Twitter's trend data.
Perhaps it was Trump falsely claiming that he'd pulled off "the biggest Electoral College win since Ronald Regan" (in reality, his 304 votes pale in comparison to the 426 George H.W. Bush won in 1988) that pushed people over the edge and into tweeting ridiculously long five-word hashtags. Or perhaps it was his repeated claims that widespread voter fraud had impacted the 2016 election (for the record, no evidence of widespread voter fraud has been found).
Or perhaps it was all his boasting about having "the biggest ever" inauguration crowd (aerial photographs show the audience at Trump's inauguration did not reach the Washington Monument and was likely smaller than the crowd that watched President Barack Obama take the oath in 2009). Or maybe it was Trump's claim that the Obama administration had his "wires tapped" him that drew so many people to the hashtag (Trump has yet to provide any evidence to support his claim).
Or perhaps it was Trump's recent claim that Democratic Rep. Elijah E. Cummings had told him he "will go down as one of the great presidents in the history of our country" (Rep. Cummings has denied having said this, claiming he told Trump "he could be a great president if... if... he takes steps to truly represent all Americans") that drove Twitter users to the #ThingsMoreTrustedThanTrump hashtag.
In reality, it's impossible to know what thousands of Twitter users are thinking and I'm not even going to attempt to try. So while many of those who offered up an example of things more trusted than Trump could have very real concerns about the president's trustworthiness, it's just as likely that others simply had a joke or two they wanted to share.
Yet if there's one thing we can learn from the #ThingsMoreTrustedThanTrump hashtag it's that there are plenty of people on Twitter with some serious trust issues.