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Diary: Moore on Trump’s unlimited engagement with Twitter

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What happens when an annoying force meets a useless object? Users of Twitter (the former) were lucky enough to find out last week when US president Donald Trump (the latter) decided to wade clod-hoppingly into the theatre world again.

Not content with attacking fans of Broadway smash hit Hamilton this time last year, almost exactly a year on he took to his favourite social media platform to have a go at documentary maker Michael Moore, whose Broadway show The Terms of My Surrender had just closed.

Trump tweeted: “While not at all presidential, I must point out that the Sloppy Michael Moore Show on Broadway was a TOTAL BOMB and was forced to close. Sad!”

As many people readily pointed out, Moore’s show was only ever scheduled for a limited 12-week run, closed exactly when it was meant to, and made $4.2 million in the process.

The other thing that strikes Tabard about that tweet is how it’s truly unfathomable where Donald Trump draws the line between ‘presidential’ and ‘not at all presidential’.

So tempting is the Twitter trigger button that, of course, Moore fired back: “They say Twitter ‘distracts’ you from your presidency. But Twitter IS YOUR PRESIDENCY! It’s all you know how to do. #LOSER! And now, for this weekend, I’m the latest distraction from your crimes. Ha! Raucous and joyous crowds every night on B’way – and you missed out!”

Moore added: “On Broadway, Donald, they call it a ‘LIMITED ENGAGEMENT’ – just like we’re planning on making your presidency.”

To misquote another great American, Mark Twain: “There are lies, damned lies, and Donald Trump.”

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