Donald Trump is king of the bungle, but he’s not, in any formal sense, a monarch. That didn’t stop him from suggesting it this morning in a tweet, though:
…..biggest test of his presidency emboldened, ready to claim exoneration, and take his case of grievance, persecution and resentment to the campaign trail.” Peter Baker @nytimes The Greatest Witch Hunt In American History!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 15, 2020
The quote is from a February 1 column by New York Times White House correspondent Peter Baker. Interesting that Trump didn’t quote this part of the article: “Impeachment will always be a stain on Mr. Trump’s historical record.”
Or this: “Even as they line up to acquit him, some Senate Republicans have acknowledged that the House managers prosecuting the case proved that Mr. Trump withheld $391 million in security aid to Ukraine as part of an effort to pressure it to announce political investigations into his domestic rivals.”
Regardless, the lesson that Trump did take away from the column was clear: He’s a de facto royal now.
And, needless to say, Twitter t’weren’t buying it:
.@realDonaldTrump-YOU ARE NOT A KING. YOU ARE NOT A KING. YOU ARE NOT A KING. YOU ARE NOT A KING. YOU ARE NOT A KING. YOU ARE NOT A KING. YOU ARE NOT A KING. YOU ARE NOT A KING. YOU ARE NOT A KING. YOU ARE NOT A KING. YOU ARE NOT A KING. YOU ARE NOT A KING. YOU ARE NOT A KING.
— Scott Dworkin (@funder) February 15, 2020
A few problems with your analogy:
1. YOU ARE NOT A KING
2. Murder is illegal
3. You were still IMPEACHED. That shit lasts forever.
4. It's not "triumphant" when you hid the witnesses, threatened jurors, and half of them admitted that they knew you were guilty.
— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) February 15, 2020
Self coronating?? You are not a king! You are a President who lost the popular vote and were impeached forever. Please get some mental health help and resign. pic.twitter.com/z60ZYWnTkj
— Jmaidan 💫 (@Aidanmj128) February 15, 2020
"YOU ARE NOT A KING"
Just a wanna be dictator
Banished from our kingdom
Sooner or later
A grifter-a mobster-
a conman-a thief
Makes the nations very worst
— A.Silver-MeMEs & GIFs (@SilverAdie) February 15, 2020
YOU ARE NOT A KING!
Me seeing that Trump referred to himself as king: pic.twitter.com/u6y4FCRAdr
— Mychal (@mychal3ts) February 15, 2020
YOU ARE NOT A KING,
BUT YOU ARE LORD OF LIES pic.twitter.com/7w5eEw6iaj
— Arctic Friend (@FriendEden100) February 15, 2020
President Trump tweeted a New York Times article featuring a Ralph Waldo Emerson quote about going after the "king," prompting the phrase "you are not a king" to quickly trend on social media. https://t.co/nVSlcDjZMz
— The Hill (@thehill) February 15, 2020
Sorry, dipshit. We still have a republic. Though if we don’t vote this doofus out in November, we will be royally screwed.