This is just too meta


The latest tweet from our President of the United States:

That’s Donald Trump complaining about fake news with a clip of him pretending to beat up Vince McMahon of the WWE, the fake sport, with the CNN logo pasted over McMahon’s face.

Trump is a known World Wrestling Entertainment fan and friend of WWE owner Vince McMahon.

Is this politics now?

Comments

  1. notruescott says

    On the rare occasions when I look at the donald’s tweets, I am usually baffled as to just what the hell he is trying to express. This tweet is a good example: Ok, I guess he doesn’t like CNN for some reason, that’s clear enough; but nothing else about it makes a damn bit of sense.

  2. robro says

    coreyschlueter — Trump is kayfabe.

    I’m so out of it. I only vaguely remember Trump’s stint with the WWE. And the McMahons, another dysfunctional family of grifters like the Trumps, Mercers, et cetera. Big money and reality TV.

  3. says

    Just an incongruous observation: does anyone know why this video is (apparently, and except for the CNN logo) a mirror image?

  4. woozy says

    Ok, I guess he doesn’t like CNN for some reason, that’s clear enough; but nothing else about it makes a damn bit of sense.

    It’s simple trolling and trash talk. Basically he is saying, “Ha! Here’s a picture of my kicking CNN’s ass. That shows them!”.

    The fact that we have a President who thinks it’s impressive to say such a thing is bizarre, surreal, and terrifying.

  5. woozy says

    Try again (sorry)

    Ok, I guess he doesn’t like CNN for some reason, that’s clear enough; but nothing else about it makes a damn bit of sense.

    It’s simple trolling and trash talk. Basically he is saying, “Ha! Here’s a picture of my kicking CNN’s ass. That shows them!”.

    The fact that we have a President who thinks it’s impressive to say such a thing is bizarre, surreal, and terrifying.

  6. dutchdelight says

    It’s just trolling his opponents, weakening media trust further among his base, and an attempt to show off for his Kremlin handlers. He’ll have a performance review in a few days in Germany afterall.

    Eye on the ball, the traitors have to go.

  7. says

    @7: Good point. But then, it makes one wonder who helped 45 with creating this thing. It’s doubtful that the man-child himself has the intellect to think it through. And even though the application of the CNN logo is jumpy and unprofessional, that also would seem beyond his 140-character mentality.

  8. ck, the Irate Lump says

    Paul wrote:

    @7: Good point. But then, it makes one wonder who helped 45 with creating this thing.

    Probably appropriated from some other twitterer who clumsily created it from a YouTube video. Even requesting that someone else to make something like this would require too much effort for someone who thought “Lyin’ Ted” and “Crooked Hillary” were clever nicknames.

  9. slithey tove (twas brillig (stevem)) says

    re @8, @9:
    I bet Bannon had a hand in this, pointing a finger at some desperate “intern” with only two spoken words: “do it (or else)” and facial expression the parenthetical.

    This “person”, aka ~45, keeps descending into the insulting image we paint him as. Seems we cannot go low enough that he won;t get lower. *puke*

  10. woozy says

    But then, it makes one wonder who helped 45 with creating this thing.

    I imagine it was some trump supporter on the internet. Trump is just deluded and narcisstic enough to think this was clever and impressive. Maybe if enough people complain he’ll believe that because he didn’t create it it doesn’t reflect on him.

    Shit. This *is* what politics has become.

  11. robro says

    …does anyone know why this video is (apparently, and except for the CNN logo) a mirror image?

    I like the idea of “automated copyright sweepers.” I suppose such things exist. But here’s another thought: was the original angle the true angle? How would we know? Trump, McMahon, and the producers might have flipped the shots in the original sequences in many ways to get some effect. Would they care if Trump came in from the left or the right? They might. Never underestimate TVs interest in trivial staging details.

  12. handsomemrtoad says

    On another topic, PZ, have you blogged yet about young-earth kook ANDREW SNELLING and his (recently successful) attempt to get permission to take some rocks out of the Grand Canyon? Seems like something you’d want to weigh in on.

  13. handsomemrtoad says

    Here’s a clip of an athletic event which, surprisingly, was NOT made by photoshopping Trump’s face into it. From 1965, it’s quite uncanny.

  14. walkerhoy says

    Off topic, but does anyone know any good references for the study of retro viral dna in relation to commen descent. I saw a news article about it but it was just a blurb and didnt include enough info to track it down on google.

  15. thirdmill says

    The entire White House has become the cast of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. What’s really terrifying is that he has the launch codes for nuclear weapons too.

  16. says

    @walkerhoy
    Can you tell me any more? I recently started digging into work hypothesizing that the ribosome is the vestigial original replicator. That is directly tangential to your interest. I can try to go sluthing if you want.

  17. birgerjohansson says

    “The entire White House has become the cast of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.”
    I felt exactly that way when Ronald Reagan was elected. It is 37 years ago, but the memory is deeply ingrained.

  18. birgerjohansson says

    Can anyone provide a brief definition of “the authoritarian mindset” that even a non-professional like myself can understand? I am told it explains a lot about what used to be a “conservative” party descending into the abyss.

  19. thirdmill says

    Birgerjohansson, No. 24, during the Bush administration the joke was that Bush wanted a theme song for his administration and the choices were “If I Only Had A Brain” and “Don’t Know Much About History.” Me, I’m remembering with fondness the days when everyone thought Bush was as bad as it could get.

  20. thirdmill says

    Dear Newspaper Advice Columnist:

    My father is in jail for molesting children. My mother runs an internet extortion ring. I have two brothers who sell drugs to school children. But none of that is what I’m writing about.

    What I’m writing about is that I don’t know how I will ever be able to ensure the shame, the humiliation and the embarrassment if the neighbors ever find out that my husband voted for Trump.

  21. howardhershey says

    This was undoubtedly created right after the Republican congresscreature from Montana assaulted a “fake news” reporter from The Guardian for impertinately asking questions about health care. Same mind set.

  22. Rich Woods says

    @notruescott #1:

    I am usually baffled as to just what the hell he is trying to express.

    Ego. His tweets almost always serve his ego. He denigrates his detractors and praises those who praise him. He has no original comment or insight to share on any subject you would consider of import to a head of state. On occasion you can find a tweet which is simple, straightforward and restrained, and you can be damn sure that’s one where his advisors have grabbed his phone and tweeted for him — if only because his usual illiterate drivel will surface within the next 18 hours to undermine it.

  23. CX316 says

    I do wish he would stop associating himself with WWE. WWE is my equivalent of settling down in front of a brain dead soap opera :P It’d be like him tweeting a video of himself on Days of Our Lives or something.

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