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Donald Trump Asks ‘Isn’t It Ironic?’ and Everyone Is Making the Same Alanis Morissette Joke

President Donald Trump took to Twitter Thursday morning for his latest attack on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign. Yet, rather than the substance of his attempt to discredit the probe, for a large number of Twitter users, the focus was on just the first three words of his tweet.

“Isn’t it Ironic? Getting ready to go to the G-7 in Canada to fight for our country on Trade (we have the worst trade deals ever made), then off to Singapore to meet with North Korea & the Nuclear Problem...But back home we still have the 13 Angry Democrats pushing the Witch Hunt!”

Rather than countering Trump’s repeated false claim of the Russia investigation being led by 13 angry Democrats—many are lifelong Republicans—Twitter's collective mind turned to Canada. No, not to the G-7 summit or to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau who last week blasted Trump over his announcement of heavy tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum products entering the United States. No, the Canadian on many people’s minds was Alanis Morissette.

“And isn't it ironic, don't you think,” sang the singer-songwriter on her smash 1995 hit “Ironic.” While the song helped propel Morissette to global superstardom and to sell more than 30 million copies of the album Jagged Little Pill, it also sparked an enduring teaching lesson about the meaning of one of the most commonly misused words in the English language.

“Rain on your wedding day,” as Morissette sang, is not, in fact, ironic and neither is “a free ride when you’ve already paid.”

Trump, too, appeared to have some trouble understanding the definition of the word, which can refer to an “incongruity between the actual result of a sequence of events and the normal or expected result.”

By traveling to Canada to “fight for our country,” there is little argument that Trump could have a reasonable expectation of an investigation into his campaign being dropped. Still, at least he’ll have something in common with at least one Canadian when he travels north of the border Friday for what is expected to be a tense summit.

donald trump President Donald Trump delivers remarks before hosting an Iftar dinner in the State Dining Room at the White House June 6, 2018, in Washington, DC. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

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