Sweet lord, this was an interesting way to start the day. Donald Trump, as we all know by now, does the bulk of his odious bloviating from the comfort of a smartphone screen, braying his noxious warbling out into the world one tweet at a time. The extremely infamous @realDonaldTrump Twitter account contains a litany of unhinged rants that range from lambasting television shows that dare spoke poorly of his objectively shitful self, to threatening all-out nuclear war with a curiously annoying minnow state, to just yesterday demanding the suspect in the NYC truck attack be put to death.
This morning, for the briefest of brief moments, the Twitter account simply disappeared.
TRUMP DEACTIVATED pic.twitter.com/Q5Cdt0THCM
— ＮＩＣＯＬＡＴＥ (@Nicolaterino) November 2, 2017
Vanished. Gone. Scrubbed from existence.
The reaction, which was immediate and overwhelming, was a complete mixture of bewilderment, suspicion, outright joy, and laughter. Y’know, standard internet practice, only amplified times a billion in this case.
I was there for the great vanishing of Donald Trump's Twitter account.
Nov 2, 2017.
— Justin Jacobs (@justinjacobs) November 2, 2017
My guess: Trump tried to post something stupid and accidentally deleted his account. This is also how the global nuclear war will start, btw
— Bruce Arthur (@bruce_arthur) November 2, 2017
My guess: Trump's lawyers told him to delete his account, because he is in serious legal jeopardy
— David Klion (@DavidKlion) November 2, 2017
Polls suggest deleting his Twitter is like the most popular thing Trump could do other than require background checks on all gun purchases
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) November 2, 2017
If Trump's Twitter account did in fact get deleted, that would be the first bit of good news we've gotten in a while.
— Bilge Ebiri (@BilgeEbiri) November 2, 2017
If Trump's Twitter is down, does this technically mean he's no longer POTUS? I mean, it's the only part of the job he pays attention to.
— John Schindler (@20committee) November 2, 2017
Donald Trump's Twitter going down for three minutes was the best moment of my entire day.
— Evette Dionne ???? (@freeblackgirl) November 2, 2017
Trump’s Twitter is down – enjoy 10 minutes not worrying about him starting a nuclear war! pic.twitter.com/lzBUnXSFXa
— Kaivan Shroff (@KaivanShroff) November 2, 2017
me hearing someone say donald trump's twitter account is down: pic.twitter.com/kE2CjsNycD
— Monica Patel (@monicapatel917) November 2, 2017
During those 4 minutes Trump was off Twitter, Hillary was officially president. It's in the Constitution, look it up.
— Aaron Sankin (@ASankin) November 2, 2017
For a brief moment Trump’s twitter was down & outside my window white nationalists were paying reparations to black people.
Then I awoke.
— Clint Smith (@ClintSmithIII) November 2, 2017
DONALD TRUMP TOOK OUR COLLECTIVE ADVICE AND DELETED HIS ACCOUNT pic.twitter.com/7tWabFdQto
— Jesse Singal (@jessesingal) November 2, 2017
i deleted trump's twitter to impress girls
— j.r. hennessy (@jrhennessy) November 2, 2017
‘Course the account returned to its regularly scheduled program a few short minutes later, cruelly pointing out in the process that everyone’s exasperated bleats of “DELETE YOUR ACCOUNT” don’t specify that you can’t then subsequently reactivate it.
We’ll all remember where we were during the 10 minutes of peace while Donald Trump’s Twitter account was down.
— Mike Drucker (@MikeDrucker) November 2, 2017
@jack I need to very seriously tell you that the 70 seconds that Trump's twitter account went away were the happiest 70 seconds of my year.
— Cabel Sasser (@cabel) November 2, 2017
I survived the Trump twitter outage
November 2, 2017
6:58PM to 7:04PM #neverforget
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) November 2, 2017
For the briefest of moments, Donald Trump's twitter was deactivated. And there was rejoicing. Then it was reactivated, and we despaired.
— Rob M. | Tokkan (@tokkanram) November 2, 2017
Trump's twitter account vanishing and then reappearing moments later is the best evidence yet that the events of the past 2 years are the result of warring sects of time travellers
— Nfinit (@Nfinit) November 2, 2017
Was it deliberately taken down? Did Twitter remove incriminating evidence under pressure of Government? Is it all a large conspiracy? Or is it just some horrible, teasing glitch?
The good internet giveth, and the good internet taketh away.Image: Getty Images / Drew Angerer