Sunday 18 February 2018

How so-called US president uses his favourite insult to skewer opponents

U.S. President Donald Trump smiles a as he holds a
U.S. President Donald Trump smiles a as he holds a "Make America Great Again" rally at Orlando Melbourne International Airport in Melbourne, Florida, U.S. February 18, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Philip Bump

One of US President Donald Trump's favourite ways to undercut or demean things he doesn't like is to refer to them as "so-called".

The most famous recent example of this came with his dismissal of the "so-called" judge that overturned his executive order on immigration. On Tuesday evening, he used the moniker to dismiss another political opponent: critics who've been peppering Republican town hall meetings over the last few weeks.

Here, in reverse chronological order, are some of the things that Trump has referred to as "so-called" on Twitter - and our analysis of whether or not that so-called thing is actually that thing or not.

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