It’s not surprising that Donald Trump (who, yes, is actually our president) embarrassed himself on 9/11 today. It’d be way more shocking if he commemorated this tragedy with the respect and solemnity it deserves. Trump isn’t just incapable of doing or saying anything remotely presidential; he’s incapable of ever acting like a human being, in any context, with any amount of empathy or compassion or dignity. Trump embarrassing himself and his nation is the Trump brand now, and there’s no way to change that. You just don’t walk back from blatant racism or supporting white nationalism, even if you aren’t the president. Still, despite being a daily hopeless disaster, there’s still a level of knee-jerk, reactive shock to seeing a photo like this:
Because pumping your fists and gritting your teeth like you’re walking out at a campaign rally is how a real president pays tribute on 9/11, as Jeanine Pirro and Lou Dobbs no doubt reported on Fox News tonight.
The upside to Trump always being irreducibly Trump is that moments like this can inspire some (grim, harsh, unbecoming?) chuckles. Comic creator Rob Sheridan stripped everything out of this photo except for Trump, and sent it out to the internet for anybody with Photoshop (or, uh, other photo editing software) to play with. Some of the results are legitimately funny. Here are the best images from this Photoshop battle, as found on Twitter.
The Office style pic.twitter.com/nFam4gpiUw— OMAR ALTURK (@3omarT) September 11, 2018
Thank you for the png pic.twitter.com/rLzPbXpHKU— Gianni Cordi (@LegitGianni) September 12, 2018
Thank you. pic.twitter.com/GtneJLRZnJ— Todays Movie Line (@todaysmovieline) September 11, 2018
And another one, the metaphorical equivalent of Trump’s response to charlottesville. pic.twitter.com/S1sHOIqCQd— Sydney (@amadeaur) September 11, 2018
thank u rob pic.twitter.com/ASs0BqezAz— darth (@darth) September 11, 2018
STEVE HOLT! pic.twitter.com/Of6E6oauuJ— george michael trump (@arrestedTrump) September 12, 2018
Here we go: pic.twitter.com/HMkSxJ9SG9— David Wood (@woodvid) September 11, 2018
ORIGINAL ZAPRUDER FILM UNEDITED pic.twitter.com/oASdCiIHGP— The Jeneral (@JenniferWillcut) September 11, 2018
Had to do it. pic.twitter.com/Da9dArzO3q— Brad (@bhharalson) September 11, 2018
When the shit comes out your gut instead of your butt. pic.twitter.com/QOo5q5vds3— Eric Appel (@erockappel) September 11, 2018
May be too late, but here goes. pic.twitter.com/gcnytBxoE0— Jonn Walker (@JonnWalker_) September 12, 2018