After a federal judge put a nationwide hold on Trump's immigration ban on Friday, Trump took to Twitter to express his outrage and disparage the "so-called judge." Among his comments was the following:
What does Trump mean by "evil?" Well, in this case, it seems like it means "Muslims," considering that the ban directly targeted countries in the middle east that are predominantly Muslim. And people noticed.
Broad City's Ilana Glazer specifically called him out on the use of quotation marks around the word "evil." But this isn't the first time he's been taken to task for his use of scare quotes—that is, quotation marks around a word meant to evoke suspicion or attention. Other outlets, including GQ have noticed the phenomenon as well. For your entertainment, here are a bunch of other times Trump used the device in his tweets:
Hard to say who those "dudes" are but apparently they're "bad."
"Intelligence," more like "stupidity!" Am I right?
How can it be a "leak" if I'm not wet?
He's suspicious that it's "carnage" but he's ready to send the feds.
I really can't understand this one. It's a word used correctly and it doesn't imply suspicion.
I think this is meant as a joke. What a good try!
During the election at a rally in Bangor, Maine, Trump once referred to Obama as the "quote 'president,'" using air quotes in his speech as if to question Obama's legitimacy and imply that he was not our President. (He was. For eight years.) What can we take away from this? In today's instance, it seems like Trump was shying away from saying something bigoted, by implying what "evil" meant without having to say it. Other mistakes just seem like grammar issues that are typically cleared up in middle school. All this to say: it's hard to know the mind of a truly insane person.