President Donald Trump’s feud with ex-chief strategist Steve Bannon escalated late Thursday when the president bestowed a disparaging nickname upon his former staffer.
Trump heightened his fierce criticism of Bannon for derogatory remarks about the administration reported in Michael Wolff’s new book Fire and Fury, by calling him “Sloppy Steve” via Twitter:
I authorized Zero access to White House (actually turned him down many times) for author of phony book! I never spoke to him for book. Full of lies, misrepresentations and sources that don’t exist. Look at this guy’s past and watch what happens to him and Sloppy Steve!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 5, 2018
The presidential insult predictably sent people on Twitter into overdrive as the term “Sloppy Steve” trended around the world.
Some chided Trump for childish name-calling, while others compared the smear with other offensive nicknames Trump has dished out to political enemies.
A sampling of the responses are below:
Looks like the ball’s in Sloppy Steve’s court.
— Rob Reiner (@robreiner) January 5, 2018
FDR: Only thing we have to fear is fear itself
JFK: Ask not what ur country will do for u. Ask what u will do for ur country
Reagan: Mr. Gorbachev, tear down that wall!
Flake the Flake
— Ana Navarro (@ananavarro) January 5, 2018
I straight-up just guessed a vegan recipe for a “Sloppy Steve” would exist and I was right pic.twitter.com/vo9hQ3sHtz
— julia reinstein (@juliareinstein) January 5, 2018
I don’t think Mike Pence is allowed to perform a Sloppy Steve unless Mother is present.
— Brandon Cloud (@theclobra) January 5, 2018
Sloppy Steve sounds like a Great Value version of Sloppy Joe.
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) January 5, 2018
Trump called Steve Bannon "Sloppy Steve". This, for the record, is how Trump drinks water. pic.twitter.com/smxFe6Vkop
— Pé Resists (@4everNeverTrump) January 5, 2018
Hey, Deceitful Donald!
You still awake?
Sloppy Steve is trending.
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) January 5, 2018
I think we can all endorse "Sloppy Steve" as Bannon's nickname. Uniting America for once! https://t.co/O6eDuw4jwE
— Josh Barro (@jbarro) January 5, 2018
After hearing Donald Trumps latest insult “Sloppy Steve” let me commend Melania of really kicking her cyber bullying campaign in high gear in 2018.
— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) January 5, 2018
A Sloppy Steve is just a Sloppy Joe made by a white supremacist.
— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) January 5, 2018
As much as I hate to admit it, "Sloppy Steve" is branding gold. It's gonna stick.
— Jeff B. (@EsotericCD) January 5, 2018
Donald Trump now says Steve Bannon has lost his mind and mocks him as “sloppy Steve.”
He was the Chairman of Trump’s campaign, the Chief Strategist of the White House, and was placed by Trump onto the National Security Council.
He was Trump’s right hand man. His brain. Period.
— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) January 5, 2018