‘Spicer facts’ and weird handshakes: 100 days of Trump in memes


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When Trump won the presidency, someone on 4chan wrote: “We actually elected a meme as president.”

As terrifying as the idea of a meme having access to the nuclear codes is, the age of Trump has ushered in a new age of memes. Jokes on the internet often crop up in the most trying of times – and with a non-stop news cycle based around whatever the president tweets next, maybe memes are the only way to make sense of the turbulent times we live in.

In no particular order, here are some of the memes which have cropped up in the first 100 days of the Trump presidency.

Inauguration day

It was the day no one really thought would arrive, but arrive it did. On the plus side, there were plenty jokes to be had.

There was box-gate:

George Bush’s poncho:

Then Trump kind of quoted Bane in his inauguration speech:

And that’s without even mentioning the crowd sizes debacle.

Rogue Whitehouse accounts

In Trump administration’s infancy, a strange trend developed, where a bunch of accounts were set up purporting to be run by disgruntled members of government departments.

It started with an “alternative” Park Services account (@AltParkSer now @NotAltWorld). Soon, around 50 “rogue” government accounts had been set up, none of which were verified. But they racked up the followers nonetheless.

SEE YOU IN COURT

There was much mirth on Twitter when judges in the ninth circuit court of appeals upheld a temporary restraining order on Donald Trump’s controversial travel ban on arrivals from seven Muslim-majority countries. Not from Trump however, who tweeted:

Which people found quite funny.

Then Hillary Clinton got involved, either referring to the three-strong panel of judges’ unanimous verdict, or more likely the three times the travel ban has been successfully blocked:

Tiny Trump

Not much to explain here. The internet just really enjoyed making Trump look really tiny.

Trump draws

Possibly one of the best Twitter accounts of the Trump age – though we have a while to go yet. As Trump signed executive order after executive order, @TrumpDraws had a different idea of what exactly the president was up to:

President Bannon

Amid reports chief strategist Steve Bannon actually held sway at the White House, mischievous tweeters began spreading the “President Bannon” meme, with the aim of annoying Trump. They even started a campaign: #PostcardstoBannon.

Handshakes

The president has a weird handshake, as Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe found:

When Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau came to visit, one picture stood out:

Although it should be noted, Trudeau did actually shake Trump’s hand.

Donald Trump’s strange handshake style and how Justin Trudeau beat it

Sean Spicer’s many memes

It’s hard to know where to start with the many memes relating to White House press secretary Sean Spicer. But perhaps it’s best to start with his first press conference, in which he berated journalists for not reporting that Trump’s inauguration crowd was the biggest ever. This was then turned into #SpicerFacts:

Trump’s truck

The day the American Trucking Association arrived on the White House lawn is a day which will go down in infamy, thanks to these pictures:

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