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Donald Trump says rude retweets are 'a modern-day form of fighting back'

Technically Incorrect: In his long-awaited interview with Fox News' Megyn Kelly, Trump regrets (almost) his retweeting alacrity.

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.


The face of contrition?

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We all have weaknesses.

They might be avarice, self-denial or even utter mendacity.

Donald Trump doesn't suffer from any of these. Instead, his weakness is retweets.

I know this because Trump on Tuesday sat down with Fox News' Megyn Kelly, a woman whom he consistently disparaged for months on end. This included a reference to her menstrual cycle.

The Tuesday chat turned out to be a cheery chatfest in which Trump got a mild slap on his little wrist from teacher.

Talking of those wrists, Trump admitted that he wasn't perfect. When it comes to Twitter, that is.

"The thing that really gets me in trouble is retweets," he said. "The retweet's really more of a killer than the tweets. The tweets I do pretty well with." Depending on one's definition of "well," of course.

He added: "You'll be amazed at the ones I don't retweet." Oh, I wonder if we would be.

When asked about the word "bimbo," which he'd used in tweets and retweets, Trump first seemed not to remember this had ever happened.

Then he admitted that, yes, well, it might have happened.

He didn't say "sorry," but "excuse me." As if he'd sneezed. There again, it's a verbal formulation he also uses to mean: "You're wrong and you're making me really mad."

He also insisted that it wasn't so bad because Kelly must have been called a lot worse in her time. Possibly, one imagines, by Trump supporters.

It's clear that Trump believes deeply in the power of the retweet. He described his retweeting -- which included retweeting a racist account -- as "a modern-day form of fighting back."

It's a very efficient form too. It's instant, it's deadly and if it backfires you can say your intern did it.

I'm sure he'll be frightening China, Russia and ISIS with it shortly.