President Trump set Twitter’s political class on fire Friday morning after he linked to popular satirical website The Babylon Bee.
The parody article, titled “Twitter Shuts Down Entire Network To Slow Spread Of Negative Biden News”, mocked the social media platform’s efforts to suppress the spread of a series of reports in the New York Post that implicated Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden in his son Hunter’s business dealings with the Ukrainian energy company Burisma.
Trump tweeted the title of the article with a link to the piece, and added: “Wow, this has never been done in history. This includes his really bad interview last night. Why is Twitter doing this. Bringing more attention to Sleepy Joe & Big T.”
Following the tweet, numerous pundits from across the political spectrum attempted to correct the US President for linking to the satirical website.
“The President of the United States doesn't know the difference between satire and actual news,” wrote NowThis. “Trump is basically getting mad over Onion posts (The Babylon Bee is a satirical site),” echoed Vox’s Aaron Rupar.
“Some people are saying Babylon Bee is a satire site, and that this tweet may suggest once again that our President is an excitable idiot. On the other hand, Babylon Bee is more grounded in reality than a lot of other sites Trump retweets,” wrote Bulwark editor Bill Kristol.
Babylon Bee took the criticism and attention in stride, uploading an article titled "President Trump declares Babylon Bee his most trusted news-source" this morning.