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Donald Trump has always been known for his, shall we say, chutzpah. In fact, it's those many audacious statements he's made over his career that have ingratiated a certain swath of fans to the larger-than-life business magnate turned multi-hyphenate.
Last night, however, we saw that audacity devolve into short-term lunacy.
As the early returns from the presidential race trickled in, Trump became convinced the result would be a split vote, in which Mitt Romney would win the popular count but Barack Obama the electoral college and therefore the White House. Consequently, he unleashed a series of tweets on his feed that look something like this in chronological order:
"He lost the popular vote by a lot and won the election. We should have a revolution in this country!"
"The phoney [sic] electoral college made a laughing stock out of our nation. The loser one [sic]!"
"We can't let this happen. We should march on Washington and stop this travesty. Our nation is totally divided!"
"Let's fight like hell and stop this great and disgusting injustice! The world is laughing at us."
"More votes equals a loss… revolution!"
… and on and on. Many of the more scandalous tweets were removed from the feed soon after. For the record, of course, President Obama went on to win reelection by not just scoring (and surpassing) the 270 electoral votes he needed -- but also the majority of the popular vote as well.
Womp womp, Mr. Trump.
As the hail of tweets was unfolding like so much kooky confetti, Brian Williams reluctantly addressed the issue on air, hanging his head in the shame of reporting it as news. He said Trump had "driven well past the last exit to relevance and veered into something closer to irresponsible." He closed the report with visible disgust and these words: "So there you have that. That happened."
Let's not forget this is the same Trump who in the waning days of the campaign offered $5 million to the charity of Obama's choice if the president would release his college applications and records and his “passport information.” And then, while Superstorm Sandy was devastating the East Coast and millions suffered -- Trump upped the ante.
So although his feed may have reflected many factual inaccuracies last night, "the world is laughing" may not have been one of them.
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Alesandra Dubin is a Los Angeles-based writer and @iVillage's Chief Election News Blogger. Follow her on Twitter: @alicedubin.