Editing a certain bombastic politician

200 words.

Over the seemingly infinite months that have been the lead-up to the American presidential election, we’ve been subjected to one absurd message after another from Donald Trump. Because he’s been in the news cycle so consistently, we’ve also been able to discern certain linguistic patterns that he has:

  • He’s turned the word “sad” into an insulting interjection
  • He’s an apparent master of answering a question with a response not even tangentially related to the initial query, and usually meanders into self-adulation.
  • He avoids debate by going straight to the ad hominem, and sometimes these stick as nicknames. E.g. ‘The failing New York Times, which nobody reads’, ‘Crooked Hilary and her phony money’

Well, another favourite man-child on Twitter, Guy in your MFA, has spent this morning picking apart Trump’s tweets, giving them a scathing edit.

Here are some choice examples:


He provides some higher-order editing here, encouraging our fledgling author to be more original, more distinct:


Sometimes though, an editor just needs to check the facts, and keep someone from embarrassing themselves. Where were you on Monday?!


Check out Guy in your MFA and its affiliated account, Dystopian YA Novel for some humorous, meta tips on how not to write.