Merriam-Webster has been trolling President Donald Trump in response to his "zero tolerance" policy that rips migrant children from their parents as they attempt to cross the U.S.-Mexican border.
As the administration grapples with reports of children being held in cages and comparisons to the Nazi concentration camps of the 1930s and 1940s, Merriam-Webster torched the president on Monday by tweeting a story about the term "gaslighting."
"In the 1938 play 'Gas Light,' a man tries to make his wife lose her grip on reality by dimming the lights in the house and insisting she's imagining things."
In the 1938 play 'Gas Light,' a man tries to make his wife lose her grip on reality by dimming the lights in the ho… https://t.co/DidxYTk92c— Merriam-Webster (@Merriam-Webster) 1529358783.0
Merriam-Webster defines "gaslighting" as "a term, often used by mental health professionals [Sidenote: I am not one], to describe manipulative behavior used to confuse people into thinking their reactions are so far off base that they're crazy."
This is tantamount to the barrage of lies peddled by President Donald Trump regarding his administration's "zero tolerance" policy, a host of falsehoods which includes the blame Trump continues to assign to Democrats. Of course, it was Jeff Sessions, his stupefyingly loyal attorney general, who announced the policy in May.
This is only the latest example of the dictionary shredding Trump and his often ludicrous statements.
Merriam-Webster's tweet received some glorious feedback on Twitter.
Politico's Amy Siskind said, "the dictionary is trolling the Trump regime again."
The dictionary is trolling the Trump regime again. https://t.co/r5rGykCe7Z— Amy Siskind (@Amy Siskind) 1529372762.0
Merriam-Webster's tweet was a response to Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, who on Monday said the administration does not "have a policy of separating families at the border" during a White House press briefing.
Some A+ trolling of the White House press briefing. https://t.co/U3pIGBnF5L— (((Greg Siskind))) (@(((Greg Siskind)))) 1529358972.0
The timing was not "coincidental." The dictionary knows what it's doing.
HA. The timing of this tweet does not appear to be coincidental. https://t.co/AYu5cAgccz— Dan Rosenheck (@Dan Rosenheck) 1529359315.0
The dictionary simply isn't "here for your bullshit," Mr. President.
@MerriamWebster continues to be not even the least bit here for your bullshit https://t.co/yYMlTcE07j— andi zeisler (@andi zeisler) 1529364268.0
Most of us are exhausted from the constant dishonesty and destructive behavior of the Trump administration –– and Merriam-Webster knows it.
@MerriamWebster It's like we're living in an abusive relationship there's no way out of. #Gaslighting #KeepFamiliesTogether— Clive Changeman (@Clive Changeman) 1529359505.0
Please, make it stop.