Donald Trump falls into teen trap, hissy-tweets Megyn Kelly

Technically Incorrect: If someone upsets you, Twitter is rarely the place to go first, especially late at night. Yet the most prominent Republican candidate did just that after the first debate.

Chris Matyszczyk
3 min read

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

Donald Trump, barbecued by Megyn Kelly. Fox News/YouTube screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

When you're involved in a beauty pageant, it's hard not to think you're back in high school.

Donald Trump should know this. After all, he's part-owner of Miss Universe.

He's now, though, a beauty pageant contestant and it's hard not to let your heart burst out of your chest and roll all the way down your sleeve.

This is what happened to Trump in the hours after the first Republican debate. Trump was positioned in his happy zone: the center of attention.

He may not have imagined, however, that he'd be asked mean questions. Well, they weren't exactly mean questions. They were more questions those at the center of attention hope they won't get asked.

For example, this from Fox News's Megyn Kelly: "You've called women you don't like fat pigs, dogs, slobs and disgusting animals."

No that wasn't quite a question, because her next words -- "Your Twitter account" -- were drowned out by Trump replying: "Only Rosie O'Donnell."

Kelly managed to return to her original thoughts: "Your Twitter account has several disparaging comments about women's looks. You once told a contestant on 'Celebrity Apprentice' that it would be a pretty picture to see her on her knees. Does that sound like the temperament of a man we should elect as president?"

And there we had it. Kelly had brilliantly interweaved Twitter and temperament.

Depending on who you believe -- Trump, for one, says he won. Others seem not so sure -- Trump was clearly miffed at being Megynated.

So he did the thing that so many teens would have done, the thing that many presidential candidates might think twice about: he hissy-tweeted Kelly.

He offered, for example: "Wow, @megynkelly really bombed tonight. People are going wild on twitter! Funny to watch."

People going wild on Twitter must have meant that this was a Thursday. Or a Monday. Or any day, really. Still, Trump insisted that the world was outraged by Kelly's impertinence at asking a relevant question.

He retweeted this: "Fox viewers give low marks to bimbo @MegynKelly will consider other programs!"

Is this the moment to interject with the fact that the majority of voters are women? I'll leave that there for you to ponder. Let's now consider how wise it is to be reminded of using appalling words to describe women and then to endorse Kelly being called a bimbo.

I'm told that Trump has legendary charm. I'm told this by Donald Trump. Perhaps he might have used that charm on Twitter rather than devolving to a slight teenage-level tantrum.

Twitter is simply too immediate, too tempting and too convenient to treat with a (red) hair-trigger mentality.

Of course instant, constant bombast is Trump's brand, so one could argue that these tweets were entirely on-message. Moreover, those still in contact with their last remaining honesty gene will surely admit that seeing a politician speak their minds (however much that mind enjoys some odd concepts) is a terribly refreshing, even uplifting thing.

But did Friday morning bring a chastened, fair and balanced Twitter Trump? Oh, did my local farmer get pilsner from his cows this morning?

Trump continued along his merry Twittering way. He was "targeted." There will be "no apologies."

And what did Kelly have to say about Trump on Twitter? Why, nothing.