On Tuesday, President Donald Trump’s second son shared a screenshot of Twitter’s suggestions for accounts he may like to follow. They included his father’s 2016 Democratic election rival Hillary Clinton, former President Barack Obama and DeGeneres.
The “deep state” conspiracy theory, which has been repeatedly pushed by the president, revolves around the idea that a deep-rooted civil service is working to delegitimize his administration. It’s unclear whether Eric Trump was claiming that Clinton, Obama and DeGeneres were part of the “deep state,” but his post prompted widespread ridicule:
This is the most unintentionally hilarious tweet of the very very new year!
Not proud to admit this, but I would pay $20 to sit with Eric Trump for ten minutes and have him explain Ellen DeGeneres’ shadowy role in the Deep State.
— Tod Kelly (@RTodKelly) January 3, 2018
Yes, Ellen DeGeneres of the deep state. The very same.
— Advertise Here (@youradhereDMme) January 3, 2018
Does the Deep State include Ellen DeGeneres? Shocking.
— Janis Peterson-Lord (@SpecialRider) January 3, 2018
Eric, there is no Deep State, but your dad says the Deep State comprises non-presidentially appointed civil servants who serve in multiple administrations. Obama and Clinton, by definition, cannot be members of the Deep State. As for Ellen, are you daft?
— Sybill Trelawney (@SybilT2) January 3, 2018
they’re just trying to help you man… gain some perspective. this world is more complicated than dad taught you.
— Thomas Paine ✊ (@TomPaineToday) January 3, 2018
Hi Eric, I know you’re not the smart one, but Twitter’s algorithm looks at who you searched for most recently when making suggestions. It looks like you might have recently searched for a Democrat, buddy.
— Matt Clendineng (@mattclen2) January 3, 2018
You do realize none of the 3 recommends are employed by any state, deep or otherwise? In other news, there’s actually no mister under your bed either.
— Camille Kimball (@CamilleKimball) January 3, 2018
Yea that Twitter algorithm is crazy. Why on earth would it suggest you follow the people you tweet most about!?!?
— Marco (@marcorecio) January 3, 2018
Hey numb nuts. It’s derived from who you follow.
— Shawn Duffy (@sk_duffy) January 3, 2018