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Donald Trump blames intern for retweet insulting Iowa voters

Technically Incorrect: The Republican candidate's Twitter account retweets something that suggests Iowa corn affects the brain because there's too much of Monsanto's genetic engineering in it.

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


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Donald Trump doesn't apologize. But his intern does. Face The Nation/YouTube screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

It's rare for a dog to eat homework any more.

Perhaps the excuse has been used too much or perhaps too much homework is done on electronic devices that dogs just can't swallow.

A great new-world excuse, though, has risen to take its place. It has tended to revolve around the concept of a social media account either being hacked or of some unauthorized, possibly nefarious being taking temporary control over your keyboard.

On Thursday afternoon, Republican frontrunner Donald Trump offered that his own characteristic tweeting and retweeting had suffered a lapse.

As the New York Times reports, Trump's Twitter account retweeted this piece of subtlety: "#BenCarson is now leading in the #polls in #Iowa... Too much #Monsanto in the #corn creates issues in the brain?"

A Quinnipiac University poll was released on Thursday declaring that retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson was now the Iowa voters' favorite Republican candidate.

Some might conclude, given Trump's sometimes orange hair-triggeredness on Twitter when confronted with unsuitable facts or people who don't adore him, that this poll didn't please him and the tweet his account retweeted did.

His insistence, though, is to the contrary. He most certainly didn't retweet this suggestion that Monsanto's genetic engineering might have interfered with Iowans' mental capacity.

He explained on Twitter: "The young intern who accidentally did a Retweet apologizes." Curious minds might wonder whether such an intern really does exist. Or whether this was merely a youthful impulse on the part of Donald J. Trump. Some might just be pleased to see the concepts of Trump and apology so intertwined.

But if the intern is real and apologetic, will he or she be disciplined in some way? Trump wasn't available for comment.

It isn't within the realms of impossibility that an intern does Trump's retweeting (and even tweeting). Such a trend was started by corporations several years ago. Their reasoning was that hiring an intern meant giving the Twitter controls to some young being who understands the Twitter controls.

Still, this comes at an uncomfortable time for Trump, given how aggressively and successfully he's been hounding so many of the other candidates. And it comes on what for him is a favorite medium, one that he's crowed is one of his real advantages.

We all make mistakes, however. Even Trump's attempt to hold an Ask Me Anything session on the site didn't go quite as planned. How much, though, might this latest social media snafu make him tear his hair out?