But then he referred to them with a phrase typically used when speaking of the dead:
I believe it will be Crazy Bernie Sanders vs. Sleepy Joe Biden as the two finalists to run against maybe the best Economy in the history of our Country (and MANY other great things)! I look forward to facing whoever it may be. May God Rest Their Soul!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 17, 2019
Trump did not elaborate on the odd sentiment, which left Twitter users to wonder what he meant by the morbid turn of phrase:
“May God Rest His Soul”: a phrase used to show respect when speaking about someone who is dead. WTF is wrong with you, #Trump?
— Andy Ostroy (@AndyOstroy) April 17, 2019
Trump saying “May God Rest Their Soul” to the very much alive Biden & Sanders, but not to the late John McCain, is arguably the most Trump thing he’s done.
— Susie Meister (@susie_meister) April 17, 2019
Not sure why exactly, but sitting here giggling like an absolute idiot at May God Rest Their Soul.
— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) April 17, 2019
You mean: May God BLESS their soul.
May God rest their soul is what you say when someone dies.
Read a book, or at least a Hallmark card! pic.twitter.com/WR9sfDGKvA
— Dawn Young-McDaniel ♿️ (@justdawn_) April 17, 2019
“May God Rest Their Soul”? He’s going to kill them? (He has already murdered grammar, so I suppose this is the logical next step.) https://t.co/LpXV5wnpB3
— Rex Huppke (@RexHuppke) April 17, 2019
“May God Rest Their Soul” is a totally normal thing to say about your still-living political opponents. Nothing bizarre going on in the White House at all. pic.twitter.com/56eIZBUXHG
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 17, 2019
“May God Rest Their Soul” if Trump weren’t too stupid to know what words mean, that would constitute a death threat.
— BAW (@BAWnotNPR) April 17, 2019
“May God Rest Their Soul” this isn’t the WWE. You’re aren’t a professional wrestler you know that right? I know your base watches & thinks that sh*t is real but just
stop ✋ pic.twitter.com/48Zm7EsITk
— Lucas Bean (@Luke360) April 17, 2019