That is not a typo. It’s not a joke. It’s real. President Trump said in a press conference that he deliberately timed the pardon of Joe Arpaio to maximize the coverage it would get from the media.
In a news conference with Finnish President Sauli Niinistö he said the following:
“In the middle of a hurricane, even though it was a Friday evening, I assumed the ratings would be far higher than they would be normally. You know, the hurricane was just starting.”