A little earlier today, President Trump tweeted out a meme because this is a day ending in ‘y’ and this is that particular day of the week.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 27, 2019
It’s a pretty obvious homage to November 27, the day Rocky IV opened at the box office which had been on twitter in several places.
On this day in 1985, Rocky Balboa shocked the world, knocking out Ivan Drago in the 15th round 🥊 pic.twitter.com/K7km5lWgWZ
— ESPN (@espn) November 27, 2019
What is for certain is that the press lost its sh**.
Trump tweets doctored photo of his head on Sylvester Stallone’s body, unclear why https://t.co/WQwG5tSXtZ
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) November 27, 2019
— New York Post (@nypost) November 27, 2019
Doctored? Doctored? Are they saying someone was supposed to be fooled by this?
— The Hill (@thehill) November 27, 2019
This is what the US president was trying to prove by releasing this fake boxing photo.https://t.co/E2sbKQSWd6
— The New Daily (@TheNewDailyAu) November 27, 2019
I think these guys rather proved what Trump was trying to prove.
And the further you move to the left the more of their sh** they lose until finally you’re just left with empty sh**bags.
Like can you imagine being the most powerful man in the world after Vladimir Putin and then also needing to photoshop your face onto Rocky Balboa
How desperately and clinically and dangerously fragile would your ego have to be
— Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) November 27, 2019
‘Not at all normal’: Internet stunned as ‘delusional’ Trump posts image of his head on Rocky Balboa’s body https://t.co/e5ADtGmnrm
— Raw Story (@RawStory) November 27, 2019
The whole episode drew the response it deserved:
Don't worry guys, the WaPo have done the fact check and it turns out the photo of Trump's head on fictional character Rocky Balboa's body was actually doctored. God bless the press for protecting us from such sinister deceptions.https://t.co/7rfTtGi4LC
— Richard Lewis (@RLewisReports) November 27, 2019
I’ve heard from reliable sources that it’s not doctored. 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 https://t.co/0qbfNJOEMn
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) November 27, 2019
— Team Trump (@TeamTrump) November 27, 2019
The last one had the side benefit of showing just how culturally illiterate and inept most the the Left/NeverTrump are:
MAGA morons appear to claim Trump's "Rocky Balboa" photo is real. Silly MAGAs. https://t.co/P4U65UXed9
— Tea Pain (@TeaPainUSA) November 27, 2019
This clown is unacquainted with the concept of memes and is totally unfamiliar with the media catchphrase “without evidence.” What a goober.
All in all this is a remarkable commentary on the state of political media in America. It is no secret that President Trump’s social media staff like memes, and for good reason–they are effective. On the anniversary of the release of a classic (or so I’m told) Rocky film, President Trump uses the Rocky imagery on twitter. And our media are either puzzled by what a meme is or they essentially fact check the meme. And these people are supposed to interpret politics for us?