After lashing out at Vermont Senator and Democratic 2020 presidential candidate Bernie Sanders on Twitter, President Donald Trump continued the tirade, this time bringing another expected Democratic candidate into the loop as well: former Vice President Joe Biden.
It’s unsurprising that Trump is already launching attacks (and nicknames) against the growing field of 2020 Democratic candidates—confirmed and otherwise—yet it was the last sentence of a strange tweet against Biden and Sanders that stood out to people.
I believe it will be Crazy Bernie Sanders vs. Sleepy Joe Biden as the two finalists to run against maybe the best Economy in the history of our Country (and MANY other great things)! I look forward to facing whoever it may be. May God Rest Their Soul!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 17, 2019
For those who are fortunate enough to have never mourned the loss of a person, “May God rest their soul” and other iterations of the phrase are typically reserved for those who are dead.
Knowing this, many people were confused by what Trump meant.
"May God Rest His Soul": a phrase used to show respect when speaking about someone who is dead. WTF is wrong with you, #Trump?
— Andy Ostroy (@AndyOstroy) April 17, 2019
Did you just wish for their deaths?
— Hermann Miskelly (@Hermdog76) April 17, 2019
"May God Rest Their Soul?" Is that a threat? I got put in Twitmo for less.
— Edan Clay 🇺🇸 (@EdanClay) April 17, 2019
You know they’re both alive, right?
— Shugar (@GregShugar) April 17, 2019
You mean: May God BLESS their soul.
May God rest their soul is what you say when someone dies.
Read a book, or at least a Hallmark card! pic.twitter.com/WR9sfDGKvA
— Dawn Young-McDaniel ♿️ (@justdawn_) April 17, 2019
The tweets spurred a pattern that’s become all too familiar.