The internet was met with an unusual request on Friday: Sign a birthday card for President Donald Trump’s second son, Eric Trump, who turned 34 on Saturday.
“It’s almost Eric Trump’s birthday! Make sure to sign his card and include your personal message here,” the tweet reads.
— GOP (@GOP) January 5, 2018
It didn’t go well. Mere moments after the RNC tweeted out the call to sign an e-card for Eric and offer a “personal message” to him, the mockery and criticism was on. Some people were just laughing and joking about it, while others seemed distinctly disturbed by the tone and tenor of the request, likening it to the sort of thing you’d see in countries far less democratic than the United States. Here are some of the best examples.
It’s no surprise that people reacted the way they did. Republicans were asking people to celebrate the adult son of one of the most unpopular presidents in the history of American polling, and a private citizen who just days ago sent out a tweet claiming Twitter’s algorithmic suggestion that he follow Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Ellen DeGeneres was an example of the “deep state.”
How is this normal? He's got no official role of any kind in government–or even in the @GOP. Is this a poke in "liberal" eyes, or the ongoing codification of a "royal presidency"?
— An American Progressive. (@brennan_meinke) January 5, 2018
A ruling party statement that the public should prepare well wishes for the second son of the leader is the kind of communication one would expect from an eccentric family dictatorship not a modern democracy.
— SamanthaGodwin (@samanthaagodwin) January 5, 2018
I guess I could get him this. pic.twitter.com/6O7MYkkwKP
— Gabriel A. Pollak (@illtweetonce) January 5, 2018
You mean Eric Trump who is completely divorced from politics in order to run his father's business independently so that the president* can make unbiased policy decisions?
You guys aren't even trying anymore. Just hold a coronation already 😡😡
— #ReplaceAndRepeal #AbolishICE (@popcorn_jane) January 5, 2018
My sister in law’s bday is next week, and she’s a Republican…can you coordinate similarly for her?
— WeTheConsumers (@WeTheConsumers) January 5, 2018
Happy Birthday Eric pic.twitter.com/mKPkkyVmjC
— The Great Pappy….. (@psychopappy1961) January 5, 2018
GOP seems to think we have a royal family or something. Weird.
— bp (@allbaipage) January 6, 2018
For an early bday present I am happy to send you a copy of Fire & Fury. Let me know if you want the Kindle or iBooks version!
— BJ Garrett (@BJSeattle1981) January 5, 2018
What is your response?