The White House’s daily press briefing went off the rails almost immediately as Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders unveiled a bizarre recording from President Trump on twin television screens, immediately evoking comparisons to the Wizard of Oz or George Orwell’s dystopian novel 1984.
Today's 1984/Wizard of Oz hybrid is off to a wild start …. http://pic.twitter.com/yJT8hC6JV5
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) January 4, 2018
Even though he was a few hundred feet away, the President couldn’t be bothered to address the press briefing himself and instead allowed Teleprompter Trump to recite a trite list enormously exaggerated boasts about his “accomplishments.”
It’s only the latest weirdness in a profoundly bizarre week that began with the President comparing the size of his “nuclear bomb” button to that Kim Jong-un’s and proceeded into a wild day of rumor and scandal from the Fire and Fury book revelations.
And it’s only Thursday.
Social media, for its part, immediately recognized the potential for hilarity and quickly got to work.
Here’s a selection of the best responses:
— Guillotine Mindset (@SocialistTaco) January 4, 2018
— Bills Fan (@HaverOfOpinions) January 4, 2018
weird trump video statement during the press briefing http://pic.twitter.com/k0uEPVt4pw
— Alazar Moges (@zarzarbinkss) January 4, 2018
— Orli Matlow (@HireMeImFunny) January 4, 2018
— Colin Taylor (@ColsBols) January 4, 2018