Twitter users are roasting Trump’s choice of vocabulary in his attack on Mitch McConnell. What does ‘dour and sullen’ even mean?

On Tuesday (February 16th) Donald Trump released a statement in which he publicly attacked his former aide and Republican politician Mitch McConnell.

In a scathing sentence, he called him “dour, sullen and unsmiling” and it’s had internet users in stitches as they analyse his bizarre vocabulary choice.

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Trump calls Mitch McConnell a “dour, sullen, unsmiling political attack”

Following a not-guilty verdict at the second-impeachment trial, former president Donald Trump has released a statement in which he attacked his former friend Mitch McConnell.

McConnell previously said that Trump was “morally and practically responsible” for the Capitol riots that occurred back in January, to which Trump replied by calling him a “dour, sullen and instilling political hack”.

“Mitch is a dour, sullen, and unsmiling political hack, and if Republican Senators are going to stay with him, they will not win again. He will never do what needs to be done, or what is right for our country,” he said.

Trump’s words have been a hot topic of conversation on Twitter as people try to decode what they actually mean, and laugh at his unlikely choice of vocabulary.

What does ‘dour and sullen’ actually mean?

Trump was essentially saying that Mitch is dull and moody, but he decided to use some slightly fancier words than he normally does.

By definition, the word ‘dour’ means severe, stern and gloomy in appearance, whilst ‘sullen’ means bad-tempered and sulky. Then, to further reinforce his point, he called him an “unsmiling political hack”, claiming he’s serious and unfriendly.

So, all three adjectives pretty much made the same point. We get it Trump, you’re calling him boring!

Twitter users roast Trump

Trump’s bizarre choice of words certainly hasn’t gone unnoticed on Twitter, and internet users has been roasting his extensive vocabulary choice.

In fact, people think that Trump didn’t write the statement at all, claiming he doesn’t usually use such big words.

One person wrote on Twitter “sounds like a Stephen Miller speech with a few Trump tweaks” to which someone replied: “Exactly! And Miller got ‘dour’ and ‘sullen’ from when he looked at the mirror the morning he wrote it.”

Another person responded: “Totally – no way would Trump ever know the meaning of the words “dour” and “sullen” to use them in a sentence.”

“Um Donald, define ‘dour’ or ‘sullen’. I’ll wait,” said another.

Another Twitter user said: “I doubt the words “dour” and sullen” actually came from Trump. At this point, they’re beyond his vocabulary.”

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