Americans don't use the word "twit" as much as the English do, which is too bad. Twits are brainless people and they're all over the Internet, wasting space in comments sections at news sites or anytime someone posts a blog. They blather and they bluster, mistaking noise for sense.
Here are two of my favorite examples from the last 48 hours when I posted "Is Trump a New Hitler?" It discussed the GOP convention, Trump, and reports from German author Walter Kempowki's Have You Ever Seen Hitler? which recorded eyewitness accounts of the dictator.
This was something I considered all week during the GOP convention as the rhetoric got more and more extreme and I felt I had to write after Trump's incendiary, apocalyptic speech. Many commentators across the board remarked on how dark that speech was. Even conservative columnist Jennifer Rubin in the Washington Post said that the "enraged, angry rant Thursday night seemed more indicative of a televangelist or a 1930s fascist leader than a president of the United States." She wasn't alone on the right.
It reminded me of what I knew of Hitler from reading about him in English and German.
So of course one twit commented that Hillary was a Socialist--just like Hitler! Well, yes, the Nazis were the National-Socialist Party (Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei or NSDAP), but they outlawed socialists and were right wing. Claiming they were socialists or that Clinton is, well that's just ignorant.
I used this photo montage below to illustrate the Twitter post about my blog and someone responded with something like "Oh, look, they both have mouths!"
Wasn't that special? This other twit couldn't have read the blog. Why bother, really, when it's much easier and more satisfying to type an instant witless response than actually spend time, even five minutes, reading? That's Twitter for you, that's the Internet, and Trumpistas. Don't read: attack.
Of course, "twit" doesn't begin to describe the mouth-breathers like the one who threatened all Jews with the gas chamber when Herr Trump becomes President, since they don't realize his own daughter Ivanka is Jewish. Hmmm....maybe Trump himself is secretly Jewish and working for the International Jewish Conspiracy....
Lev Raphael is the author of 25 books in genres from memoir to mystery which you can find on Amazon.