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:
We must keep "evil" out of our country!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 3, 2017
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.
.@realDonaldTrump when you say "evil," do you mean Muslims and Black people and Immigrants and Queer people? what are the air quotes?— ilana glazer (@ilazer) February 4, 2017
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:
If the ban were announced with a one week notice, the "bad" would rush into our country during that week. A lot of bad "dudes" out there!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 30, 2017
Hard to say who those "dudes" are but apparently they're "bad."
released by "Intelligence" even knowing there is no proof, and never will be. My people will have a full report on hacking within 90 days!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 13, 2017
"Intelligence," more like "stupidity!" Am I right?
Intelligence agencies should never have allowed this fake news to "leak" into the public. One last shot at me.Are we living in Nazi Germany?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 11, 2017
How can it be a "leak" if I'm not wet?
If Chicago doesn't fix the horrible "carnage" going on, 228 shootings in 2017 with 42 killings (up 24% from 2016), I will send in the Feds!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 25, 2017
He's suspicious that it's "carnage" but he's ready to send the feds.
Unless you catch "hackers" in the act, it is very hard to determine who was doing the hacking. Why wasn't this brought up before election?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 12, 2016
I really can't understand this one. It's a word used correctly and it doesn't imply suspicion.
An 'extremely credible source' has called my office and told me that @BarackObama's birth certificate is a fraud.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 6, 2012
I think this is meant as a joke. What a good try!
Iran is playing with fire - they don't appreciate how "kind" President Obama was to them. Not me!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 3, 2017
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.