Convoluted trolling attempt or genuine gaslighting? The “Trump Team” Twitter account responded to a headline from the Washington Post about that disturbing image of the president’s head on Rocky Balboa’s body complaining that the outlet offered no “evidence” that the photo was altered from its original version. No, seriously.
On the one hand, this seems like it must be some sort of trolling. Obviously, the photo is mostly a well-known promo image from the iconic Rocky movies. And, obviously, Trump’s body doesn’t look like that. However, what joke is the Trump Team trying to make, exactly? All this tweet seems to do is remind people how ridiculous the Trump administration, campaign, and supporters are about the news media.
Donald Trump Jr. also got in on the maybe joke.
I’ve heard from reliable sources that it’s not doctored. 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 https://t.co/0qbfNJOEMn— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) November 27, 2019
Is this supposed to be a jab at news media that uses anonymous sources? We may never know, and we probably have better things to think about.
The Trump Team later responded to headlines about their tweet suggesting that the photo wasn’t doctored with something at least a decade old by now.
*face palm* https://t.co/8yZWH0hHQR— Team Trump (@TeamTrump) November 28, 2019
The closest thing to a consensus seems to be that this is all some kind of joke or general attempt to “mess with” the media, as though they really have any choice but to report on what the President of the United States does. Especially considering the fact that Trump does absolutely absurd things all the time which are 100 percent serious.
Plus, trolling or not, the Mediate headline isn’t inaccurate, as many commenters pointed out.
Right, but they are playing 7th dimensional chess to own the libs, so somehow they win by just ignoring reality.— Ben Wright (@BenWright1028) November 29, 2019
Um, you kinda did… https://t.co/pyq3kM57z9
— Foggy (@hoellerache) November 28, 2019
Except.... they really did claim this. pic.twitter.com/bQmThhkfTQ— Pandorica ⚜☯☮♊🗽🌊❄🇺🇸 (@mnkjun) November 29, 2019
Others are stuck on wondering what kind of humor this is and whether this is how the president should be spending his time.
It’s strange that the Presidency has become entertainment for reality tv fans. If Pence doesn’t want to be VP in 2020, I hear Mama June is free.
— Erin Pollet (@buttercup784eve) November 29, 2019
But that’s not his job (messing with the media) or something he should be doing at all. Doesn’t he have any maturity or Rea work to do?— Kori Talbot (@KoriTalbot) November 28, 2019
What's the joke? "We're pretending to be stupid. Why can't you see that we're obviously just pretending?" That's not humor.— Jered (@starkravingblah) November 28, 2019
Anyway, impeachment is still happening.