Internet Reacts To Trump Referring To Himself As ‘The King’
President Donald Trump is being slammed online for likening himself to a “King” and the phrase “you are not a king” is now trending on Twitter.
In a tweet on Saturday, Trump gleefully quoted a New York Times article that cited a Ralph Waldo Emerson quote about going after the “king.” Even though the article was published two weeks ago, Trump quoted it on, with some eyebrow-raising changes.
“Ralph Waldo Emerson seemed to foresee the lesson of the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump. ‘When you strike at a king,’ Emerson famously said, ‘you must kill him,’” read the lead from Baker’s Feb. 1 piece. “Mr. Trump’s foes struck at him but did not take him down.” Writing before senators voted to acquit Trump, Baker wrote that “a triumphant Mr. Trump emerges from the biggest test of his presidency emboldened, ready to claim exoneration and take his case of grievance, persecution and resentment to the campaign trail.”
Trump capitalized “king” and changed it from “a king” to “The King.”
…..biggest test of his presidency emboldened, ready to claim exoneration, and take his case of grievance, persecution and resentment to the campaign trail.” Peter Baker @nytimes The Greatest Witch Hunt In American History!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 15, 2020
Trump referring himself to “The King” quickly drew outrage, with legal experts raising concerns about the president’s tweets.
“This may be the most sinister tweet Trump has ever posted,” University of Michigan law professor Barbara McQuade wrote. “He is comparing himself with a king and threatening to use his powers for revenge on those who questioned his abuse of power.”
A few problems with your analogy:
1. YOU ARE NOT A KING
2. Murder is illegal
3. You were still IMPEACHED. That shit lasts forever.
4. It's not "triumphant" when you hid the witnesses, threatened jurors, and half of them admitted that they knew you were guilty.
— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) February 15, 2020
Trump also capitalized the word “King” which was capitalized in the NYT story nor in the original Emerson quote.
He also changed it to “the King” from “a king.”
— Michelangelo Signorile (@MSignorile) February 15, 2020
YOU ARE NOT A KING!
Me seeing that Trump referred to himself as king: pic.twitter.com/u6y4FCRAdr
— Mychal (@mychal3ts) February 15, 2020
You are NOT a king. 269 days 4 hours 17 minutes 48 seconds until you are voted out. pic.twitter.com/Eptr8DA904
— Outspoken (@Out5p0ken) February 15, 2020
this is quite literally the saddest, most pathetic thing I’ve seen written from any man, woman, or child and I hope each moment for the rest of your life is filled with sadness and anxiety, and you cannot enjoy another sip of water or morsel of food again as long as you may live
— bread (@BradfromCanada) February 16, 2020