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Politics are a great source of memes (which is not that surprising considering the kind of stuff that escape the lips of certain politicians), but there's something about American politics that makes memes about it require its own page. We've got binders full of memes for you below. When adding an example, please write the meme, then add the explanation of the meme inside a labelnote titled "Explanation." Explanation This is just the example. Follow it this way.

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    In General 

  • Democracy Explanation  Normally paired with an Image Macro of military equipment, as a commentary on American military interventionism in favor of democracy.
  • How quickly Presidents age.Explanation The US Presidency is hailed as one of the toughest, most thankless jobs in the US as a whole due to memes having the weight of the world on their shoulders, and this stress is alleged to cause rapid aging, though it's more likely due to most Presidents assuming office at the stage of their life where those wrinkles and grey hairs would first start becoming noticeable. Lincoln is perhaps the most notorious case of this, though he had more stress than most.
  • #SlatePitch. Explanation This Twitter hashtag refers to the tendency of articles on Slate to be extremely contrarian. It's most commonly applied to Slate itself, but contrarian articles on other publications frequently get the same treatment. This became an Ascended Meme when the publication itself acknowledged it. (This meme is not merely limited to politics stories, but it's most common with them).
  • Privilege-Denying Dude. Explanation Popular on feminist and social justice blogs to satirize clueless white guys.
  • Social Justice Sally. note A parody of hypocritical and ill-informed social justice 'activists' on Tumblr (and, by extension, elsewhere) who appear to use social justice causes primarily as an excuse to bully others, seek attention and act self-righteous rather than actually seek social justice, and to indulge their feelings of superiority and entitlement over others. They usually tend to come off as just as bigoted and blinkered against their chosen targets as those they supposedly oppose. The name 'Sally' plays on the term 'social justice ally', who is by definition someone who genuinely supports the cause and those struggling within it in a more reasonable and sensible fashion; the meme itself is not limited to feminism, as the name might suggest, but covers any kind of social justice cause.
  • (((Memes)))Explanation The triple parentheses, used to denote that someone or something is "Jewish", kicked off by an antisemitic podcast called The Daily Shoah. Has been used by Jews and anti-anti-Semites as a sort of Appropriated Appellation.

     Pre–2000 

  • George Washington and the cherry tree may be one of the earliest examples in US history, on-par with Abraham Lincoln and his log cabin.
  • Theodore Roosevelt would've come up earlier in the page but he was too busy taking on a cougar in a knife fight - he had the knife, not the cougar, and his hunting dogs helped. Perhaps the source of every Chuck Norris meme out there. And just to provide proof of his toughness... well, just look at the CMOA section of his TV Tropes page. Or some of the ACTUAL quotes from his contemporaries:

    Thomas Marshall: [regarding his death] Death had to take him sleeping. For if Roosevelt had been awake, there would have been a fight.

  • “We have nothing to fear, but fear itself ” Explanation Famous line from FDR's first inauguration speech. Technically, the line is "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself".
  • Harry Truman:
    • Dewey Defeats Truman! Explanation He didn't. It was a close election and he was predicted by the paper, but Truman won re-election and held up the paper that said Dewey won.
    • "Give 'em hell Harry!" Explanation By Harry Truman supporters, before he won most of the media thought he'd lose, but Truman went campaigning all 50 states and was cheered on by that slogan.
    • "That ain't the way how I heard it!" Explanation Truman's reaction to the infamous "Dewey Defeats Truman" headline following his successful election.
    • The buck stops here! Explanation A phrase that was popularized by Truman, who kept a sign with that phrase on his desk in the Oval Office. The phrase refers to the notion that the President has to make the decisions and accept the ultimate responsibility for those decisions.
  • "Are you now or have you ever been a member of the Communist Party?" Explanation Catch-Phrase of the Red Scare investigators of the 1950s. To say the line properly, you should combine a humorless bureaucrat voice with a slightly aggressive redneck accent. Now often spoofed as a Mad Libs Catchphrase.
    • “Have you at long last no sense of decency?” Explanation Joseph N. Welch’s famous response to McCarthy, during a hearing against a junior attorney at Welch’s law firm. Technically, the proper quote is “Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last? Have you left no sense of decency?”. Best said in a tone of frail hope.
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower:
    • I LIKE IKE! Explanation His 1952 campaign slogan, used in pins and such. This was even picked up in a Shout-Out by Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
    • ...military industrial complex... Explanation From Eisenhower's Farewell Address, referring to the close relationship between the US military and the private defense industry. This has since mutated into "X-industrial complex." Explanation A generic derogatory term, implying that a particular activity has been taken over by for-profit concerns that have ballooned out of control, to the detriment of the people as a whole. For example, medical-industrial complex, prison-industrial complex, wedding-industrial complex.
  • John F. Kennedy:
    • John Fitzgerald Kennedy would like to say... Ich bin ein Berliner! Explanation A quotation from a June 26, 1963, speech in West Berlin, aimed to underline the support of the United States for West Germany in the wake of the construction of the Berlin Wall.
    • Pay any price! Bear any burden! Explanation Part of Kennedy's inaugural address. (You listening, Michael Malone?)
  • Lyndon Johnson:
    • "In your heart you know he's right... but in your guts you know he's nuts." Explanation  During the 1964 Goldwater/Johnson campaign, Goldwater adopted the slogan "In your heart you know he's right," to which the Johnson campaign gleefully added the follow-up.
    • Further to that, Johnson's running mate, Hubert Humphrey, gleefully came up with a refrain that all of the legislation that had been widely supported in a bipartisan fashion had been supported by most Americans... But not Senator Goldwater!
  • Richard Nixon
    • Only Nixon could go to China Explanation  A historical reference to United States President Richard Nixon's 1972 visit to the People's Republic of China, where he met with Chairman Mao Zedong. Refers to the ability of a politician with an unassailable reputation among his or her supporters for representing and defending their values to take actions that would draw their criticism and even opposition if taken by someone without those credentials.
    • "I am not a crook." Explanation From a nationally televised and broadcast press conference on November 17, 1973 in regards of his involvement in the Watergate scandal. Technically, this is true. He wasn't a crook; he was just spying on people, making lists of enemies, and firing people if they didn't do exactly what he wanted them to do, regardless of the legality of the order. But he wasn't stealing from anybody.
    • The Watergate Scandal was so famous that it has led to virtually any subsequent politics-related scandal having the suffix "-gate" appended to it. Or even non-politics-related scandals.
    • [expletive deleted]! Explanation Compelled by a subpoena to provide the contents of the White House taping system to the House Judiciary Committee in April 1974, Nixon ordered transcripts of the tapes to be prepared. Eventually, every use of profanity was replaced by "[EXPLETIVE DELETED]." This elicited shock in much of the country, given Nixon's generally staid public image and the fact that contemporary media coverage of politicians did not usually report candidates' profanity use. Nixon biographer Jonathan Aitken also noted that Nixon had a rather broad view on what constituted profanity, and had ordered minor outbursts like "Christ" and "hell" to be replaced as expletives, meaning that the jarring phrase repeatedly appeared within the transcripts, which seemed to give the public the impression that the words used were far harsher than what actually appeared on the tapes.
    • Saturday Night MassacreExplanation Nixon's orders to fire independent special prosecutor Archibald Cox, which led to the resignations of Attorney General Elliot Richardson and Deputy Attorney General William Ruckelshaus on October 20, 1973, during the Watergate scandal
  • Gerald Ford:
    • "Our long national nightmare is over." Explanation Ford's comments upon assuming office after Nixon resigned. It's still highly debated as to whether Ford was right.
    • "The Soviet Union does not dominate Eastern Europe." Explanation During the second debate in the 1976 presidential campaign, Ford stated this, which made it seem as if he was ignorant about the Warsaw Pact (in an interview years later, Ford said he had intended to imply that the Soviets would never crush the spirits of eastern Europeans seeking independence. However, the phrasing was so awkward that questioner was visibly incredulous at the response). This is widely attributed to have helped his opponent Jimmy Carter in gaining victory.
    • Ford to City: DROP DEAD
  • Jimmy Carter: "I have lusted in my heart..." Explanation Playboy magazine published a controversial interview with Carter during the 1976 presidential campaign in which he stated this, which cut into his support among women and evangelical Christians, and seemed to stall him until Ford's "The Soviet Union does not dominate Eastern Europe" gaffe above.
  • Ronald Reagan:
    • Memetic-mutate one for the Gipper. Explanation In 1940, Reagan, then an actor, portrayed football player George "The Gipper" Gipp, who's purpoted to have said "Win one for the Gipper" on his deathbed to his team's coach, in the film Knute Rockne, All American, and the nickname was soon associated with him.
    • Saint Reagan Explanation A mocking reference to how contemporary Republicans and conservatives tend to lionize Reagan
    • "I'm in control." Explanation Alexander Haig was "in control" after Reagan was shot and they couldn't phone Bush, but as Secretary of State, he wouldn't have become president. The Speaker of the House would, then the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, and then Haig.
    • To impress Jodie Foster... Explanation The reason Hinckley shot Reagan. It's not that she's particularly liberal, just that something about her role in Taxi Driver convinced him Reagan was forcing her to sell her body.
  • George H.W. Bush:
    • "Read my lips: No new taxes."Explanation A phrase spoken by then-presidential candidate Bush at the 1988 Republican National Convention as he accepted the nomination. The line later hurt Bush politically, as he did increase taxes during his presidency. (Even in the Animaniacs presidents song: "And President Bush said 'Read my lips'...")
    • "We should be more like The Waltons and less like The Simpsons."Explanation Statement at the 1992 Republican Convention. One episode of The Simpsons later gave its rebuttal, with Bart saying that they really were like the Waltons: They were also praying for the recession to end.
  • Dan Quayle
    • Before the "Bushisms”, there were the Quayleisms:
      • Potato or potatoe?Explanation At a spelling bee in Trenton, New Jersey, Quayle "corrected" a student's spelling of "potato" as "potatoe." He claimed that that's what the cue card said.
      • "I have made good judgments in the past. I have made good judgments in the future."
      • "It's about whether we're gonna go forward into the future, or past to the—to the back!"
      • "You take the UNCF model that what a waste it is to lose one's mind or not to have a mind is being very wasteful. How true that is."Explanation From an address to the United Negro College Fund, whose slogan is "A mind is a terrible thing to waste."
      • "Mars is essentially in the same orbit... Mars is somewhat the same distance from the Sun, which is very important. We have seen pictures where there are canals, we believe, and water. If there is water, that means there is oxygen. If oxygen, that means we can breathe."Explanation George H.W. Bush's Space Exploration Initiative included plans for one day landing a human on Mars. Quayle was asked his thoughts on the matter.
    • Quayle kept addressing Murphy Brown like she existed in Real Life.
    • "Senator, I served with Jack Kennedy. I knew Jack Kennedy. Jack Kennedy was a friend of mine. Senator, you're no Jack Kennedy."Explanation During the 1988 vice-presidential debate between Democrat Lloyd Bentsen and Republican Dan Quayle, Quayle attempted to counter the persistent argument that he was too young to be Vice President by pointing out that John F. Kennedy had been an even younger President. Cue the above Pretender Diss from Bentsen.
  • The 1991 election for the seat of governor of Louisiana became well-publicized after Edwin Edwards, a well-established figure with a growing reputation for being a fairly "standard" crooked politician, ended up running against David Duke, a Neo-Nazi and former leader of the Ku Klux Klan. Before long, the election made nationwide attention, with such signs as "Vote for the crook -- it's important!" and "Vote for the lizard, not the wizard!"
  • Bill Clinton:
    • "It's the economy, stupid." Explanation The campaign strategist of Bill Clinton's 1992 presidential campaign, James Carville, coined the phrase directing it at the internal audience of Clinton's campaign workers as a message for the campaign to focus on, and although it was intended for the campaign workers only, the phrase became a de facto slogan for the Clinton election campaign.
    • "I smoked, but I didn't inhale." Explanation Said in a television interview in March 1992. True due to Exact Words - apparently, Bill preferred edible pot rather than smoking it.
    • I hope you don't mind where I put this cigar, kiddo....
    • He did not have sexual relations with that woman... Miss Lewinsky.Explanation Replace the ellipsis with a comma, and it changes the statement to sound like he's directly addressing Monica Lewinsky. Hilarity Ensues.
    • That depends on what the meaning of the word "is" is.
    • This meme feels your pain.
    • Did somebody say... political memes?
    • "Vast, right-wing conspiracy..." Explanation Hillary's famous description of the motivating forces behind Bill's impeachment.
    • VINCE FOSTER Explanation A close friend to the Clintons and a member of their White House staff during Bill's first term, who committed suicide just six months into Bill's first term. A popular talking point among anti-Clinton conspiracy theorists is that he was actually murdered, despite no less than five separate investigations confirming that yes, it was suicide.
  • Ross Perot is a walking, talking generator of memes.
    • "Giant sucking sound." Explanation Perot's description of what jobs leaving America would sound like.
  • Bob Dole:
    • You know it, I know it, and the American people know it.
    • Bob Dole knows that Bob Dole is a meme machine.
    • Viagra is the shit. You know it, the American people know it, and most especially Bob Dole's pocketbook knows it.
    • "And if you really want to get involved.... (looks mildly annoyed) just tap into my... homepage: www, dot, dolekemp96, org."
  • Jews for Buchanan! Explanation Pat Buchanan has historically praised Adolf Hitler. He got a disproportionate amount of the Jewish vote in Palm Beach County because they thought they were voting for Lieberman.
  • The racist spam "The Long March" in general. Helps that it seemed to hit every inbox in America at once in 1995.
  • James Traficant:
    • "Beam me up."Explanation James Traficant was quite fond of Beam Me Up, Scotty!. As in, his trademark closing line while addressing the House was "Beam me up."
    • James Traficant's toupée is self-aware and plans on running in the next election.Explanation Traficant was known for sporting an unkempt pompadour, which he jokingly claimed he cut with a weed whacker (it was eventually confirmed, after his conviction, that he wore a toupée).
  • Nice to have a Long Dong Silver fan on the bench. Explanation Anita Hill alleged that Clarence Thomas said to her that his penis was comparable to pornstar Long Dong Silver's.
  • While being arrested in a sting for cocaine use and possession, DC Mayor Marion Barry uttered the classy line: "Bitch set me up!"

     2000–2008 (George W. Bush Era) 

  • George W. Bush:
    • Any number of "Bushisms" during the early days of Dubya's presidency. He is, after all, the decider.
    • Kanye West is mad at him because he "doesn't care about black people".Explanation During a benefit concert broadcast live on September 2, 2005 in response to Hurricane Katrina, West and Mike Myers were presenting a segment, in which West said those words. The best part of it was how unflappable Mike Myers was by the comments.
    • You have to give Bush some credit. Bush did not "forget Poland".Explanation Look at John Kerry's section below.
    • "Thank you....now watch this drive." golf swing
    • The, uh... Internets and The Google.
    • Defining Bush's Memetic Mutation in one word: "Strategery"
    • "Fool me once, shame on – shame on you. Fool me – you can't get fooled again." Explanation Speech in Nashville, Tennessee, on September 17, 2002, in which the president confused a centuries-old proverb ("Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.")
    • "Is our children learning?"
    • I know how hard it is to put food on your family.
    • 'Axis of Evil' - George W. Bush via David Frum.
    • "Stay the course"/"Mission accomplished"
    • Bush did have some badass dodging skills when he went up against that shoe. Perhaps he's a ninja?
  • Ralph Nader receives 3% of popular vote
  • Rudy Giuliani didn't 9/11 have the time to think about 9/11 memes when he was mayor 9/11. Cause that was 9/11 when 9/11 happened, you know?Explanation In spite of a prolific career as mayor of New York City, Rudy Giuliani will forever be associated with his immediate response to the September 11th attacks.
    • It was even funnier when he went on Fox and said that no terrorist attacks had happened on US soil during the time George Bush was president, seemingly having forgotten about 9/11.
    • "[T]here's only three things he mentions in a sentence: a noun, a verb: a noun, a verb, and 9/11."—Joe Biden. Everyone else, too, but Biden first.
    • The correct spelling of his name is actually 9iu11ani.
  • 2004 Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean is going to Washington, D.C. to take back The White House! Yeeeaaaah!!
  • John Kerry:
    • John Kerry was for this meme before he was against it.
    • You may not be aware, but John Kerry served in Vietnam.
    • He also wishes to know who among us does not love NASCAR.
    • He forgot Poland!Explanation He forgot Poland's participation in the Second Gulf War.
      • HE BOTCHED IT!
      • MR. KERRY!
      • Believe it or not, there was an entire set of memorabilia being sold around the Internet that had to do with Bush not forgetting Poland.
    • And he won three Purple Hearts!
  • This land is your land...
  • Miserable failure.Explanation A "Google bomb" was used in the 2004 U.S. Presidential election, causing Google searches for the phrase "miserable failure" to return George W. Bush's official Presidential biography as the first result.
  • Former senator Larry Craig (R-Idaho) is known for denying being gay ("I am not gay; I never have been gay.") after trying to deny a guilty plea to soliciting sex (by tapping his foot) in a Minneapolis airport men's bathroom, where his hand and foot were close to the stall divider because he had a "wide stance".
  • Al Gore:
  • Rumsfeld and the difference between known knowns, known unknowns, and unknown unknowns.
  • Former representative Bill Jefferson (D-Louisiana-2nd) is probably best known for having a wad of cash found in his freezer.
  • The one word that dethroned George Allen: "macaca".Explanation Campaigns tend to have people go to the opposing camp's public events to record the other candidate's statements; Allen pointed one out, who happened to be Indian-American, and called him "macaca". Not only does it sound racist, it turns out it's actually an old derogatory North African French term for any brown person (it literally means "macaque", i.e. a monkey)-and Allen's mother was a French Jew raised in Tunisia.
  • Ted Terbolizard in California. We don't know what he's running for and we're not sure about his platform, but isn't that an awesome name?
    • Unfortunately, an Idaho guy named Pro-Life (formerly known as Marvin Richardson, but who legally changed his name just to be on the ballot) didn't seem to get much traction.
  • Ted Stevens:
    • "The Internet is not something that you just dump something on. It's not a big truck. It's a series of tubes."
    • Did Ted Stevens ever come up with a meme? NO!! No he did not!
    • If only he had gotten that "Internet" that his staff tried to send him...Explanation Stevens once said that he received "an internet" (e-mail) several hours late and essentially blamed it on net neutrality, claiming incorrectly that kids streaming videos on the same pipes must have delayed it.
    • Dagnabbit.
  • Shelley DraculaCunt Sekula Gibbs

     2008–2016 (Obama Era) 

  • Barack Obama:
    • Now let me be clear. Hope. Change. More hope. Change we can believe in. Have I made myself clear?
    • This is the moment in time in which the seas shall recede and the earth will begin to heal
    • Sin is going against my values
    • Austrians speak Austrian
    • Yes, we can!
    • Obama himself turned into a meme after a while, with claims of his Memetic Badassery growing to sizes rivaling even those of Chuck Norris. The political epic The Obamadämmerung grew out of one of these.
    • Barack Obama is your new bicycle.
    • And then there was the time someone found Obama imitating his Jive Turkey friend in the audiobook for The Audacity of Hope. Needless to say, the appeal of the President of the United States talking about "these motherfuckers" proved strong.
    • He thinks that Kanye West "is a jackass"!
    • Not even a beer summit can resolve this...
    • He's also The Joker.
    • Sorry!: "Mr Long Legged Mack Daddy!"
    • Barack Obama: Finally, A Badass President
    • Whoomp There It Is
    • The Republicans drove the car into the ditch. And after we pushed it out, they said "alright, give me the keys back" and we said "no, you just drove it into the ditch!"
    • "I've been to something like, 57 states".
    • Don't call my bluff, Eric.
    • After his lackluster performance during the first presidential debate from the 2012 election, he owned Mitt Romney during the second debate with two words: "Please proceed...", when Romney tried to criticize Obama for his handling of the attack at Benghazi in September 2012. Instead of having Obama pinned down, Romney himself was fact-checked by debate moderator Candy Crowley.
  • Bill O'Reilly:
    • Fuck it! We'll do it live!
    • Sun comes up, sun goes down. Never a miscommunication. You can't explain that.
      • Tide goes out, tide comes in. Never a miscommunication. You can't explain that.
      • Put even number of socks in dryer, pull out odd number. You can't explain that.
      • Put garbage on curb in morning, come home and find it gone. You can't explain that.
    • Oh yeah? Well, who put the sun there? Who put the moon there? You can't. You can't explain it.
  • From the crowd behind MSNBC's Democratic convention desk, "BRING BACK CRYSTAL PEPSI!"
    • The image with that and a sign right next to it saying "I SHAVED MY BALLS FOR THIS!?"
  • Someone made a write-in vote for "Lizard People" in Minnesota in 2008. At least, that's what the judges ruled.
  • Dennis Kucinich:
    • Dennis Kucinich's UFO sightings went pretty memetic during the primaries.
    • Hell, everything about him was a cartoon character at some point. Typical of a Congressman from California. Oh wait, he's from Ohio?
    • His height (5 foot 7 inches), which was parodied to ridiculous extremes in Late Night and The Simpsons.
  • Let's talk about how memes affect Joe the Plumber.
  • All fist jabs must from now on be called terrorist fist bumps.
  • John McCain:
    • For five-and-a-half years, John McCain couldn't enjoy memes because he was a POW in Vietnam. FIVE AND A HALF YEARS, ALAN.
    • Speaking of McCain, it seems every joke ever made about him is in regards to his age, usually something along the lines of him battling dinosaurs as a youth. Jay Leno's run on The Tonight Show virtually always used age as a punchline to anything McCain related. It's reached the point where McCain has started to make these kinds of jokes about himself in less serious appearances. And he doesn't even look that old.
    • And he's a MAVERICK!
    • The FiveThirtyEight comments section produced "This is GREAT NEWS...for JOHN McCAIN" which has since spread to other sites.
    • WALNUTS!!
    • You make McCain angry.◊ Anger turns McCain into a swashbuckler!
  • Sarah Palin:
    • Tina Fey can see Russia from her house. Explanation Fey was mocking Palin's assertion in a TV interview where she claimed that being governor of the only US state to border Russia (via the Bering Strait) constituted acceptable foreign policy experience.
    • Gosh-o-golly...
    • Sarah Palin hunts moose and wolves from her helicopter.
    • Levi Johnston: he is a f kin' redneck who likes to snowboard and ride dirt bikes. But he lives to play hockey. He likes to go camping and hang out with the boys, do some fishing, shoot some sh t and just f kin' chillin' I guess. Ya f ck with him he'll kick ass.
    • You betcha!
    • What's the difference between a hockey mom and a pitbull? Lipstick!
    • We're not the party of no. We're the party of Hell No! (Although she was quoting Boehner.)
    • Can we count on your support for the The Sarah Palin Hookworms Conjecture?
    • Refudiate... Shakespeare liked to coin new words too!
    • Look at the mama brown bear. She's showing her cubs that nobody's gonna do it for you, you have to go do it for yourself. And that's what we're trying to do with the American people.
      • Well, Todd built on the fence to keep the neighbors from looking in. We built the fence ourselves. I think that's what we should do with the border.
    • Don't retreat, reload!
  • Barbara Boxer: "Don't call me ma'am!"
  • The Notorious RGB.Explanation Short for Ruth Bader-Ginsberg, a fan favorite Supreme Court Justice for her support of liberal interpretations of the Constitution.
  • Al Sharpton so eloquently said "Resist we much".
  • Herman Cain:
    • Herman Cain says it's your own damn fault for being poor.
    • Herman Cain's 9-9-9 plan is so simple, anybody can understand it.
      • We're dealing with apple and oranges. Just very apple-like oranges and very orange-like apples.
    • We'll build an electrical fence on the border. (Just kidding (Unless you're into that kind of thing, in which case, totally)).
    • Who is the president of Ubeki-beki-beki-stan-stan? Herman Cain doesn't know either.
    • Imagine there's no pizza.
    • "I believe it comes from the Poekeemon movie."Explanation No, really, he actually quoted the second Pokémon film when closing his campaign.
  • Party of No.Explanation Republicans are facing mounting criticism for their refusal to back any and all Democratic/bipartisan proposals, seeming more interested in Pandering to the Base than good government.
  • DEMON SHEEP.
    • Tom Campbell is a FCINO?
  • From the Tennessee Gubernatorial election, we get: "Hi, I'm Basil Marceaux Dot Com. VOTE FOR ME AND IF I WIN I WILL IMMUNE YOU FROM ALL STATE CRIMES FOR THE REST OF YOU LIFE! (Except violating a citizen rights this would be a special punishment)
  • "I got this thing and it's fucking golden..."Explanation Then-governor of Illinois Rod Blagojevich attempting to sell off Obama’s vacated senate seat.
  • By the end of his terms TV Tropes will need an entire Memetic Mutation page just for the lines that have sprung out of the anti-Obama protests, especially the You Make Me Sic examples.
    • Descent is the highest form of patriotic.
    • BIRTH CERTIFICATE WHERE OBAMA WHEREExplanation A reference to the infamous “birther” conspiracy theory that Barack Obama was not born in the United States and is thus ineligible to be President. The meme became so insidious Obama was forced to hold a press conference in 2011 displaying his long-form certificate not that it stopped the die-hards. See The Other Wiki for a more complete write-up on the whole phenomenon.
      • "NOBAMA!" "Yes Bama did."
    • Birthers want to see Obama's penis! In a totally not gay way....Really, they should take him out to dinner first.
    • Joe Wilson: You lie!Explanation (shouted by Wilson at Barack Obama during a 2009 presidential address. Wilson was disputing Obama's claim that illegal immigrants wouldn't be covered under Obamacare.)
      • Do we really not have "teabag" yet?
    • GET A BRAIN MORANS◊!
    • "Well, I think Obama was kinda a dick."
  • As a commentary on Fox News' general style of reporting, people will often work the phrase Glenn Beck raped and murdered a girl in 1990 into longer paragraphs, never actually making the libelous claim that Glenn Beck raped and murdered a girl in 1990, but rather refuting, probing, or questioning the idea that Glenn Beck raped and murdered a girl in 1990, while still working the phrase Glenn Beck raped and murdered a girl in 1990 into the paragraph as often as possible, using Bold Inflation to ensure the first phrase that catches the eye is "Glenn Beck raped and murdered a girl in 1990."
    • Wait, I think I missed that. What did Glenn Beck do in 1990 again?
      • Somebody told me once Glenn Beck raped and murdered a girl, although I'm not sure when. It probably was in 1990.
      • Oh, you mean the same way Laura Bush killed a guy?
    • It was actually taken from a roast of Bob Saget where Gilbert Gottfried kept calling out against the supposed rumors that Bob Saget raped and killed a girl in 1990.
      • He didn't say Bob Saget raped and killed a girl in 1990. He said Bob Saget RRRRRRRAAAAPED AND KILLED A GIRL IN 1990.
    • In a similar example, before it was confirmed, Slate columnist Mickey Kaus said John Edwards obviously had to comment on the rumors he was having an affair; otherwise, it would be absolutely suspect. The liberal blogosphere responded by saying that Kaus needed to confirm the rumor that he blows goats; otherwise, it would be absolutely suspect.
  • Nancy Pelosi:
  • "Hey, hey! Ho, ho! [insert name/issue here] has got to go." Heard at every rally every time everywhere.
  • Aretha Franklin's ludicrously impressive hat from Barack Obama's inauguration has taken on a bit of a life of its own.
  • Joe Biden. Good God, Joe Biden is a living Internet meme:
    • Nobody messes with Joe. Joe Biden, Memetic Badass!
    • Rahm "Rahmbo" Emanuel (former Illinois congressman and now Mayor-elect of Chicago) has a Chuck-Norris-like website dedicated to facts about him. And they're completely true, too!
    • Joe Biden on Healthcare passage: "This is a big fucking deal!"
    • "With all due respect, that's a bunch of malarkey."Explanation During the 2012 vice-presidential debate, Biden's rebuttal to Republican opponent Paul Ryan's claims.
  • Pete Hoekstra's comparison between the Iranian student revolution and the Republican shutdown of the House quickly became Snark Bait on Twitter (e.g., "I took one Tylenol and had a nap. Now I know what it was like for Heath Ledger.").
  • South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford (R) created a meme when he lied to his staff about going "hikin' on the ole Appalachian Trail" while he was actually in Argentina visiting his mistress.
  • Not intended to be a factual statement.Explanation Jon Kyl claimed 90% of Planned Parenthood procedures were abortion when it was actually 3%. When called out on it, his office released that statement. Stephen Colbert made it a trending twitter topic.
  • Marco Rubio's Water Break. Explanation  In the middle of the 2013 State of the Union Republican response, Senator Rubio awkwardly reached and sipped some water from his water bottle. This quickly became memetic
  • Pizza is a vegetable.Explanation It was passed into law that, for the purpose of meeting school cafeteria nutrition requirements, pizza qualifies as a vegetable because of the tomato sauce. Needless to say, this was mercilessly mocked.
  • What does Roy McDonald say about Gay Marriage in New York? "FUCK IT, I'M TRYING TO DO THE RIGHT THING."
  • Football makes you an expert on homosexuality, what with all those tight ends.Explanation David Tyree's views on gay marriage.
  • Sue Lowden made headlines by saying people should pay for healthcare by bartering with chickens, often referred to as "Chickens For Checkups" (a reference to "Cash for Clunkers")
  • "Release the Kagan!" Explanation A meme referring to Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan and taking inspiration from a meme from the Clash of the Titans remake.
  • Ron Paul:
    • RON PAUL REVOLUTION.
    • Google Ron Paul!
    • And his amazing hypno-blimp!
    • RON PAUL 2012! WHOOO!!
    • Why isn't anybody paying attention to Ron Paul?
    • "Should we let that person die?" [crowd screaming yes]
    • After his nomination in 2008 failed: YOU COULD HAVE STOPPED IT!
  • A picture was taken of congressman David Wu, while he was dressed like this◊.
  • Hank Johnson:
  • Gary Johnson just made his neighbor's dogs very famous...
  • Invisible Obama.Explanation While he wasn't a candidate, Clint Eastwood gave a speech at the 2012 Republican National Convention and had a hypothetical conversation with Barack Obama, who he pretended was sitting in a chair next to his podium. And thus a meme was born. "Invisible Obama" even has a Twitter account.
  • "______ didn't believe in ______, and he/she still did his/her damn job!" Explanation After the United States Supreme Court ruled in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage in all fifty states in Summer 2015, a major scandal broke out when Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis was arrested for refusing to issue a marriage license to a gay couple. Many of Davis' detractors were quick to point out that she was essentially refusing to do her job because of her personal beliefs. Examples of the meme include references to Ghostbusters (1984) ("Winston didn't believe in ghosts, and he still did his damn job!"), The X-Files ("Scully didn't believe in UFO's, and she still did her damn job!"), and Queen ("Freddy Mercury didn't actually like fat-bottomed girls, and he still did his damn job!").
  • Thanks, Obama! Explanation Conservatives have a habit of blaming everything that goes wrong on Obama. This has not gone lost upon the denizens of the Internet, though it's hard to tell when it's used sarcastically or seriously.
  • Oh, and one more thing, Jesus told me to make Randall Terry gay.
  • If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan. Period.Explanation Uttered by Obama when attempting to deflect criticism of the Affordable Care Act. Although the law as passed did include provisions to grandfather in plans which failed to meet the new requirements, the vast majority of those plans swiftly ceased to exist for reasons that are almost certainly subject to the Rule of Cautious Editing Judgment.
    • Obamacare
  • "Job creator/death tax" is not a meme.Explanation A variant of the Milhouse one
  • Rick Santorum:
    • I just Googled Santorum...
    • A paper towel is not a napkin.
    • Rick Santorum's two racial fuck-ups. "I don't want to make black people's life better" (as well as his ridiculous excuse, that he just said "blah people"), and - talking about Obama - "anti-government nig-...uh..."
  • Florida Governor Rick Scott's has been compared in appearance to Mr. Clean◊, Skeletor, Lex Luthor (usually ties with him being a Corrupt Corporate Executive), and Lord Voldemort (this one has been used several times on The Colbert Report).
  • Mitt Romney:
    • Mitt Romney's kind of like an Etch-a-Sketch. You can shake it up and he starts all over again. Explanation After Romney won the Illinois primary and began heading into the general election, his senior adviser, Eric Fehrnstrom, said that Romney could simply change his positions on the issues (from the conservative views that helped win the GOP nomination to a more moderate approach that would work better in the general election), because Romney as a reputation for constantly changing his positions on the issues to appeal to whatever demographic he's running in to get elected. Needless to say, this did not go over well with conservatives, many of whom already thought Romney was too moderate.
    • Mitt Romney's taking a trip. That poor dog...Explanation In June 2007, it was reported that during a 1983 family vacation, Mitt Romney drove 12 hours with his dog on top of the car in a windshield-equipped carrier. The incident became the subject of negative media attention and political attacks on Romney in both the 2008 and the 2012 presidential elections.
    • If you're on the the 47% of people who can't pay income taxes, Mitt Romney doesn't care about youExplanation In a speech at an event with wealthy donors, Romney disparaged working-class Americans who were supporting Obama and the Democratic party. This possibly ruined Romney's campaign, which received... 47% of the popular vote on Election Day 2012.
    • Mitt Romney has binders full of women.Explanation An unfortunate phrasing by Mitt Romney in the second debate with Obama, responding to questions of whether he would support pay equity for women by saying that his campaign had "binders" filled with qualified women to work in his administration. Often used to depict Romney as out of touch with women on issues important to them, especially given that perception of a "gender gap" between male and female voters was one of the big themes in the election. Variations include jokes about serial killers with binders filled with the pictures of pretty victims, and Bill Clinton asking Romney where he can find these binders.
    • "Guess what? I made a lot of money."
    • White People Mourning Romney
  • Tom Wheeler: I'm not a dingo.Explanation After Last Week Tonightwith John Oliver made a metaphor of his conflict of interests using a dingo, Tom Wheeler went on to say that he would like to state for the record that he "is not a dingo".
  • "If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down..." Explanation  Missouri Representative Todd Akin ended up earning the ire of millions of American women in 2013 when he defended his staunch ant-abortion stance by arguing that an unwanted pregnancy resulting from rape is still no excuse for getting an abortion. Because of his rather unfortunate word choice, he seemed to imply that sexual assault isn't really sexual assault if the victim gets pregnant (i.e. that a woman can't be impregnated by her rapist unless she secretly wanted to be raped). This led to retorts like, "If you're a legitimate asshole, female voters have ways to try to shut that whole thing down..."
  • COAL FIRE OBAMA Explanaton A minor meme in mining states such as Ohio and West Virginia, where people against Obama have signs in their yard stating "STOP the WAR on COAL. FIRE OBAMA." It's not uncommon to see 5 or so signs on one road.
  • Get Republicans Elected Every November Explanation A derisive backronym used by disgruntled Democrats who feel that Green Party nominee Ralph Nader sucked away enough Democratic votes in 2000 to cost Al Gore Florida, and therefore, the election.
  • Karl Rove's breakdown. Explanation After Fox News called the state of Ohio for Barack Obama, Karl Rove confronted them on air, insisting that the strongly-Republican counties, yet to be counted, would deliver the state to Romney. It got a lot of traction on the Internet and spawned a bunch of snowclones along the lines of "Karl Rove says Candidate X might win!" (after Candidate X has clearly lost).
  • YES WE CAN! Explanation  Obama's campaign catchphrase during his run for President in 2008. Many people have compared him to Bob the Builder, who also had a similar catchphrase.
  • Chris Matthews gets a thrill up his leg when listening to Obama's speeches.
  • Harry Reid on Obama: He's a light-skinned black man with no black dialect.
  • Much like the Tea Party movement, the shenanigans of, and responses to, the Occupy movement have spawned a lot of these.
    • "It's just food product, essentially." Explanation Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly's dismissal of the excessive force employed by police against Occupy protestors at UC Davis, the quote specifically concerning pepper spray and how apparently people were being overdramatic about protestors being sprayed in the face by it because it happens to come from peppers. It quickly evolved into a snowclone meme, substituting in something relatively heinous (eg rape) and a similarly dismissive explanation (eg "it's just sex, essentially").
    • I am a troper. I joined this website because I didn't know what it was. Every post I make is deleted or will get me edit-banned, even if I'm right. I am not among the tropers who are well-known. I am the 99%. Explanation The Occupy movement, itself memetic in a sense, has generally caused snowclone employment of the style of rhetoric of some of its members as demonstrated here in the context of hypothetical problems with TV Tropes. Similarly, affiliation with either side of the divide of the 99% (the poor, working, and middle classes) and the 1% (the wealthy) sees similar use.
    • OCCUPY TV TROPES Explanation Generally sarcastic responses to very minor perceived wrongs, jokingly calling for an Occupy movement to start up around the trouble spot. For the record, this description isn't intended to disparage the purpose or significance of the actual Occupy movement in any way and reflects solely on the memetic use.
  • Michele Bachmann:
  • Mr Speaker, I ask unanimous consent to revise and extend my comments on this flawed politics meme.
  • Anthony Weiner:
    • ANTHONY WEINER WILL NOT YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN. THE GENTLEMAN WILL OBSERVE REGULAR ORDER.
      • THE GENTLEMAN WILL SIT. THE GENTLEMAN IS CORRECT IN SITTING.
    • Now Anthony Weiner has become another meme...for all the wrong reasons: Anthony's WeinerExplanation Weiner used Twitter to send a link to a sexually suggestive picture of himself to a 21-year-old woman from Seattle, Washington. After several days of denying media reports that he had posted the image, he admitted to having sent a link to the photo, and other sexually explicit photos and messages to women both before and during his marriage.
      • Anthony Weiner? I think you mean CARLOS DANGER.Explanation Weiner was making a political comeback in his campaign for Mayor of New York... then it was discovered that he'd been in sex chats again, this time using the alias "Carlos Danger."
  • “I represent the Rent Is Too Damm High Party... My main job is too provide a roof over your head, food on your table, and money in your pocket.”
  • Thanks to Alvin Greene, we now know that Jim DeMint started the recession.
  • Christine O'Donnell:
  • Rick Perry:
    • Today, Rick Perry shot a coyote to death on his morning jog.
    • Rick Perry also executed 234 inmates. And he gets applause for it.
    • If elected President, Rick Perry will save money by eliminating the Departments of Education, Commerce, and... um... I can't [remember]. The third one, I can't. Sorry. Oops.Explanation It was the Department of Energy.
    • Rick Perry's Unpopular Opinions. The fact that he appears to be wearing the exact same coat as Heath Ledger's character in Brokeback Mountain in an ad where he speaks negatively of homosexuality has also not gone unnoticed.
    • Ronald Raven.Explanation Perry mispronunced the name of the former United States President Ronald Reagan as "Ronald Raven" during the first 2015 Republican primary debate in August 2015, which quickly became a meme.
  • And the winner of the Alaska election is Lisa Mulkowsky... Murbrowlsky... Murkrowski... Mullberrski... Markowski... Mellelski... Murkowski.
  • "I'm Joni Ernst. I grew up castrating hogs on an Iowa farm."

     2016 Presidential Election 

  • In general:
  • Marco Rubio:
    • "Let’s dispel with this fiction that Barack Obama doesn’t know what he’s doing. He knows exactly what he’s doing."Explanation A sentence he repeated multiple times during the February 6, 2016 debate in New Hampshire. The repetition alone would have made it easy meme fodder, but making it worse for the Senator was the fact that Republican Governor of New Jersey Chris Christie repeatedly hammered him over it, accusing him of just repeating talking points and calling it his "memorized 25-second speech". To make matters even worse, Rubio tried to bring up the point again in the middle of one of Christie's attacks, essentially vindicating the Governor's criticisms. The whole exchange went viral (a twitter account called "Rubio Glitch" sprung up and garnered over 2,000 followers within 24 hours), badly damaging Rubio's reputation as a polished, competent speaker who could go toe-to-toe with likely Democratic nominee Hillary Rodham Clinton, and ultimately the consensus was that the debate was one long Humiliation Conga for Rubio.Oh, and by the way, "dispel with" is grammatically incorrect.
    • In the wake of this debate performance, it’s also become a common meme to call him Marcobot, RubioBot, a replicant, imply that his programming broke and he got stuck in an infinite loop, etc.
    • Thanks to Donald Trump, he is now forever likely to be known as "Little Marco".
    • "Sad Marco Rubio" also became popular, particularly in the wake of his primary defeat in Florida.
  • Jeb Bush:
    • Portraying Jeb as a Memetic Woobie Butt-Monkey getting bullied by the other presidential candidates, especially Donald Trump. Largely due to these videos.
    • Please clap.Explanation An actual quote from Jeb Bush after a line he delivered failed to generate the expected applause. This inevitably became attached to explanations of his flagging campaign.
    • Jeb!Explanation Jeb used an exclamation point after his first name in campaign advertisements. "It connotes excitement", was the official explanation. Due to the lack of apparent excitement anywhere near his campaign, it became common to see other punctuation marks or symbols placed after his name instead, as in: Jeb?, Jeb%, Jeb@, and so on. Occasionally, the question mark was written Spanish style, in reference to Jeb's ties with the Hispanic community, as in ¿Jeb?.
    • Foolish guac bowl merchant.Explanation Bush was selling promotional guacamole bowls on his website. Pro-Trump Internet denizens quickly seized upon this to mock him as a "guac bowl merchant", as in this video.
    • "High/low-energy [X]".Explanation Donald Trump called competing Republican candidate Jeb Bush "low-energy", which implies that he himself is "high-energy". That seemingly off-hand comment ended up doing immense damage to Bush's public image (it helped that he could never really find a way to counter the comment), and his poll numbers ended up trapped permanently in the 5-7% range after mid-summer 2015 until he withdrew from the presidential race in February 2016.
  • Ted Cruz:
    • Ted Cruz is the Zodiac Killer.explanation It all started when Twitter user @RedPillAmerica jokingly suggested that Cruz' 2013 speech to the Conservative Political Action Committee was titled "This Is the Zodiac Speaking". It snowballed from there, with Twitter users creating new "evidence", such as Cruz being born in Calgary and the Zodiac's first two victims being named "Cal" and "Gary". In reality, most of the evidence is fabricated and Cruz could not have committed the murders without being a time traveller since they happened before his birth, but the presentation of the evidence parodies the Obama birth certificate controversies and other political issues of recent years. This may have ended up being the most important meme of the 2016 campaign: A shirt proclaiming that Cruz was the Zodiac Killer raised,000 in donations for women's health charities, and thirty-eight percent of Florida voters told pollsters they thought Cruz could be the Zodiac Killer, though it is unknown how many of them were trolling the pollsters and how many of them were just being examples of what people expect out of Florida.
    • Ted Cruz' "TrusTED" campaign slogan immediately got mutated into "HaTED", "DisgusTED", and other similar adjectives.
    • "Lyin' Ted!"explanation The day before the Indiana primaries, Ted Cruz was speaking with some Donald Trump supporters. When attempting to explain how Donald Trump himself said that his proposed border wall was economically unfeasible, one supporter bluntly retorted "You're lying. Lyin' Ted!". This has been thought to be the breaking point for Cruz's campaign.
    • Sad Ted Cruz Explanation This photo of a morose Ted Cruz working a phone bank with a wall of Trump/Pence posters behind him is held up as a sign of his defeat, from defiantly refusing to endorse Trump at the RNC after Trump’s vicious attacks on his wife and dad, to meekly going along with the party.
  • John Kasich:
    • In case you forgot, John Kasich wants to remind you his father was a mailman.
    • Very much like Jeb Bush, John Kasich is portrayed as Memetic Woobie Butt-Monkey by virtue of being always ignored (notably, the moderators of the ABC Republican debate forgot to introduce him). Many liberals and Democrats saw Kasich as the Only Sane Man or Token Good Teammate among the Republican candidates for his easygoing demeanor, moderate stances on social issues like gay marriage and immigration, and subsequent refusal to back Donald Trump. The fact he was reportedly offered (but refused) the job of VP with the perks of setting both foreign and domestic policy has increased his reputation among many.
  • Hillary Clinton:
    • BENGHAZI Explanation The sheer obsession Republicans/conservatives have with the 2012 Benghazi embassy attack has proven fodder for a lot of Snark Bait, to the point "___ghazi" has become a catch-all snowclone term for gaffes (especially relatively benign ones that have been sensationalized), similar to Scandalgate.
    • EMAILS Explanation Similarly, there's a Republican obsession with Hillary’s use of a private, unsecured email server during her tenure as Secretary of State, coupled with the DNC email leaks revealing bias within the party against Sanders and for Clinton. The recent leak of John Podesta’s emails have cemented the impression that Hillary’s greatest foe may be the medium of electronic mail. Sanders himself eventually referenced it by stating ""The American people are sick and tired of hearing about your damn emails!""
    • "HRC". Explanation  A popular nickname for Hillary, common among both her supporters and detractors. Though obviously taken from her initials ("Hillary Rodham Clinton"), it's also a play on the monogram "HRH" ("Her Royal Highness"), poking fun at Clinton's popular perception as "American royalty" (i.e. a shrewd Washington powerbroker who has grown accustomed to holding positions of power).
    • "Woman Card" Explanation  Hillary was mocked by Donald Trump who claimed that the only reason she was successful was that she was playing the woman card by being obviously female. This backfired for Donald Trump when many began buying "official woman cards" from her to support her campaign, and when Hillary simply responded with "If fighting for children and families is playing the Woman Card, then deal me in!"
    • Delete your account. Explanation  When Obama endorsed Hillary in June of 2016, Donald Trump tweeted about it and Hillary Clinton responded with those words. People have since ran with it mockingly.
    • "I may have short-circuited "Explanation Hillary’s explanation for why she claimed that the FBI had exonerated her of any wrongdoing regarding her use of a private email server, when the FBI had in fact said the exact opposite. Similar to the RubioBot example above, anti-Clinton types had a field day depicting her as a malfunctioning robot.
    • #IllaryClinton Explanation Conspiracy theories have sprung up speculating that Clinton is too ill to be president, citing out of context video clips, random photos and other odds and ends as evidence she has anything ranging from Parkinson’s to dementia
  • Bernie Sanders:
    • "Feel the Bern"Explanation An unofficial slogan used by supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. It's a play on the phrase "Feel the burn."
    • Supporters of Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson have run with this by using "Feel the Johnson".
    • "Bernie or Hillary? Be informed. Compare them on the issues that matter." Explanation  A side-by-side "On the Issues" comparison poking fun at Bernie Sanders' rampant popularity with young Millennials, and Hillary Clinton's relative difficulty connecting with young people. Each one has Sanders and Clinton supposedly voicing their opinions on some inane pop culture topic, with Bernie giving a "True Fan" answer, and Hillary giving a perfunctory "Casual Fan" or plain unpopular answer. For example, one version of the meme has the topic of Fight Club - Bernie keeps silent about the topic (because the first rule about Fight Club is you don't talk about Fight Club), while Hillary excitedly asks "Have you heard about Fight Club?"."
    • Birdie SandersExplanation During a campaign rally, a small bird lands near Bernie's podium. Noticing it, Bernie briefly addresses it before seeing it land directly on his podium, prompting cheers from the crowd. It didn't take long for him to incorporate this moment into his campaign. You could get bumper stickers with the Bernie bird on them.
    • Bernie Bros/BrocialistsExplanation  A derisive term for hardcore Bernie supporters, particularly those still pissed about the Democrats throwing their support behind Clinton instead of Sanders. Said supporters are frequently white and/or male.
  • Martin O'Malley:
    • Unidentified manExplanation The Wall Street Journal jokingly referred◊ to former Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley as an "unidentified man" in their caption of a photo of the three Democratic candidates, which quickly became a meme symbolizing how poor O'Malley's campaign had been almost completely forgotten in the Hillary-Bernie fracas.
  • BALLOONS 8D Explanation Twitter and social media had a field day with Kaine and the Clintons' dramatic reactions to the DNC's end of convention balloon drop.
  • Tim Kaine, America's Step-Dad.Explanation Clinton’s VP pick, Virginia senator Tim Kaine, won many over with his dorky, Nice Guy demeanor at the DNC, becoming the butt of numerous dad jokes from both sides of the aisle on social media.
  • "A man you can bait with a tweet is not a man we can trust with nuclear weapons." Explanation  The most frequently repeated line from Clinton’s acceptance speech, referring to Donald Trump’s tendency towards lashing out at any and all perceived slights, no matter how small.
  • "You have sacrificed nothing, and no one." Explanation  A quote from Khizr and Ghazala Khan, Muslim immigrants whose son, Captain Humayun Khan, was killed in 2004 protecting his troop from a suicide bomber in Iraq. Their speech was universally considered the most powerful moment of both conventions, some comparing it to Welch’s famous call-out of McCarthy.
    • You don't attack a Gold Star family.Explanation  Donald Trump made callous remarks about the Khan family. His refusal to stop attacking them were viewed by many as a serious Moral Event Horizon, as a number of leading Republicans denounced him while his surrogates scrambled to apologize for him. Even Bill O’Reilly, one of Trump’s biggest supporters, pointed out that bashing the parents of a dead war hero tends to make you look like an asshole.
  • GOD-EMPEROR OF MANKIND Explanation Donald Trump, at least according to Redditors and posters on 4chan's /pol/ inmageboard
  • Due to an unfortunate expression on his face while endorsing Donald Trump, Chris Christie inspired the "#FreeChrisChristie" meme, to the point where Christie himself asked people to knock it off.
  • RELEASE YOUR TAX RETURNS!Explanation Since Richard Nixon, presidential candidates have released their tax returns to the public as a demonstration of financial transparency. Donald Trump refuses to release his, claiming they’re under “audit” (which is untrue, he can release them in spite of the audit), prompting intense speculation about what kind of shady tax behavior Donald Trump may be hiding.
  • Love Trumps Hate Explanation One of Hillary Clinton's biggest slogan, which matches Donald Trump's name, and was later adapted as a slogan for his resistance following the election. Like most things out of the 2016 United States presidential election, it had contentious ramifications, so that's all we'll say on the matter.
  • PIVOT! Explanation  As Donald Trump became the presumptive Republican nominee, a number of Republican leaders claimed Trump would “pivot” upon entering the general election, moving away from his brash, inflammatory persona towards a more calm, collected demeanor. Despite these assurances, Trump continued to embroil himself in petty controversies, leading anti-Trumpers to sarcastically ask, "How's that pivot going?" whenever Trump makes a new gaffe. Frequently accompanied by this gif from Friends.
  • Says who? Explanation  In a CNN interview, Donald Trump surrogate Michael Cohen challenged anchor Brianna Keilar’s assertion that Trump was performing badly in the polls. Cohen’s denials (and Keilar’s responses) became ripe for mockery
  • #RyeRollExplanation  Liberal spox Angela Rye is notorious for her impressive eye takes, usually in response to some particularly ludicrous statement. These takes usually precede a snarky verbal smackdown.
  • CNN's increasing disdain for Donald Trump's surrogates has been a popular topic on social media sites. Highlights include Anderson Cooper comparing Trump surrogates to 9/11 truthers, Don Lemon laughing in Trump supporter Gina Louden's face when she couldn't name three black people involved in Trump's campaign, and pretty much everything Jake Tapper does. Even the on-screen chyrons are getting in on the act.
  • Katrina Pierson:
    • #KatrinaPiersonHistoryExplanation Donald Trump spokesperson Katrina Pierson became infamous for a number of serious mistakes, first claiming that Captain Khan died when Clinton and Obama were overseeing the Iraq War (he died in 2004, when Bush was still president) and later that Obama invaded Afghanistan (Bush invaded Afghanistan in 2003)
    • ArmrestsExplanation  In the wake of numerous women accusing Donald Trump of sexual assault Pierson attempted to disprove one of Trump's accusers (who claimed Trump lifted his armrest and groped her during an airplane flight) by saying the plane they were riding had "fixed" armrests.
  • iPhone vs. AndroidExplanation An analysis suggested that tweets written on an Android are written by Donald Trump personally, while those written on Apple devices are written by surrogates. It’s become a popular joke to call out which tweets are Trump’s signature inflammatory statements, and which are his surrogates trying to reign him in, based on which device is used, as well as joking that someone forgot to take away his Android whenever he makes his late inflammatory statement.
  • Taco Trucks on Every Corner Explanation  Marco Guttierez, a huge Donald Trump supporter, claimed Latinos could do terrible things to the United States. For an example he said if Trump isn't President that there would be 'Taco Trucks on every corner'. People saw it as a campaign promise rather than a warning,. Anti-Trump forces have since embraced taco trucks as an unofficial mascot, using them to raise money, sponsor voter registration events, and protest against Trump.
  • Skittles Explanation  Donald Trump Jr. posted a tweet using Skittles as a metaphor for Syrian refugees. Backlash ensued on multiple levels, some pointing out the immorality of comparing people to Skittles, others pointing out the statistical fallacies of his argument, and others just mocking how silly it was to bring up something such as Skittles in politics. Skittles themselves released a statement implicitly criticizing Trump Jr.’s metaphor, while the photographer of the Skittles picture Trump Jr. used (who is himself a refugee) successfully DMACed the photo.
  • Mazel Tov Cocktail Explanation  While criticizing Clinton supporters Jay-Z and Beyonce, Trump supporter Scottie Nell Hughes highlighted how the music video for "No Church In The Wild" featured protestors throwing "Mazel Tov cocktails" at cops (For the record, the correct term is "Molotov cocktail"). Social media went wild brainstorming potential recipes for such a cocktail.
  • Jill, Not Hill Explanation By the voters who rather vote for Jill Stein for the first female president over Hillary
  • Donald Trump frequently turns criticisms other make of him towards Hillary (accusing her of having a bad temperament, calling her a bigot and crazy, and implying Hillary is unfaithful to Bill) leading many critics to comment about Trump engaging in serious psychological projection. Explanation This has even spilt over into the scandals surrounding both Trump and Clinton, such as Trump accusing Hillary of using the Clinton Foundation as middleman for “pay-to-play” deals where donors could gain special access to the State Department...only for news to come out that Trump had seemingly paid off Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi to stop her investigation into Trump University using money from the Trump Foundation. The most epic example came out during the Machado controversy, when Trump accused Machado of appearing in a sex tape. Not only was the accusation false (at worst Machado had engaged in a few minutes of hanky-panky on a Big Brother-style reality TV show in Spain) Buzzfeed later dug up Trump’s own appearance in a 2000 softcore porn video. Trump’s projection has become such a given among liberal circles that when Trump accused Clinton of taking drugs during the debates, speculation immediately ensued as to whether Trump himself was on cocaine.
  • There exists an infamous Reddit fan page for Donald Trump called the r/TheDonald. For just 1 year, it became quite memetic in its own right to the point that it got mentioned in the news.
    • Under budget, Ahead of Schedule Explanation A praise for Trump when he obtained the Republican nomination with one of the least spending in that year for the primary. Eventually won the presidency despite spending half the funds compared to Clinton's amount
    • CTR Explation Correct The Record, which is rumored to obtain funding of 6 million towards Reddit, which overnight, r/politics turned from anti-Hillary to pro-Hillary where Redditors are unable to have a proper discussion.
    • r/redacted Explanation A substitute name for r/politics after CTR took over, to the point that TheDonald moderators got a warning by them not to mention their page.
    • Fuck u/spez Explanation A criticism from that sub towards the founder for being biased towards their sub for letting moderators in other subs for brigading them without any consequences while specifically changing the algorithm for TheDonald so that their posts (which got around 4,000 likes) won't be seen by people who log on to r/all. Also used in reference to the founder editing a pair of pro-Trump posts he disagreed with.
    • Based (insert anybody) Explanation A praise for people who done good in their eyes, insert anybody can be anyone.
    • The Wall got 10 feet higher Explanation Some mention this phrase, then the numbers accumulate with trivia about the height; there's a variation about Clinton's purported prison time.
    • ?th Dimensional Chess Explanation  A phrase started by Scott Adams where he insists that Donald Trump is actually smarter than anyone thinks, "?" can be any number. Occasionally extends past chess, such as "69th Dimensional Super Smash Bros."
    • #DraftOurDaughters Explanation  A joke ad created by them to make people think Clinton supports drafting women to war.
    • The Biggest Loser is the Hoaxing Media Explanation  Their utter disdain towards the mainstream media (CNN, Vox, NBC, The New York Times) as they see mainstream media being blatantly biased against Donald Trump, to the point that they trust TMZ more than the aforementioned news organizations. Result: Despite polls that showed Clinton having a landslide victory, Trump managed to shock everyone, tarnishing the reputation of pollsters.
  • From the 2016 Presidential debates:
    • Sniffling Trump.Explanation Many Americans watching the first 2016 presidential debate zeroed in on what seemed to be sniffling noises coming from Donald Trump. This resulted in speculation about his health and potential drug abuse, spoof Twitter accounts, hashtags and a few YouTube compilations. The fact that Clinton had been the subject of numerous conspiracies surrounding her supposed ill health just made Clinton supporters all the more gleeful in spreading it.
    • “Wrong!” Explanation Throughout all three debates Donald Trump frequently interrupted Hillary as she spoke, most commonly interjecting “Wrong!” Said interruptions didn’t go over well with viewers, who found them annoying and rude.
    • "Okay! Woo!" small danceExplanation  During the first Presidential debate, widely considered to be utterly humiliating for Donald Trump, one of his lines of attack was that Hillary did not have the proper temperament-when one of the most enduring negative ads about Trump himself is that he's a Hot-Blooded Large Ham who's easily baited. Cue the entire debate hall suppressing a chuckle, and Hillary responding with that exact line when it was her turn to respond. And so did hundreds of people christen the Hillary Shimmy..
    • 3 AM tweetsExplanation During the first debate, Clinton brought up a former Miss Universe contestant, Alicia Machado, who Donald Trump derisively referred to as “Miss Piggy” and “Miss Housekeeping” (In reference to her supposed weight gain and Venezuelan heritage. Trump spent the rest of the week bashing Machado for her weight gain and criticism (despite commentators pointing out such attacks reinforced his image as a thin-skinned, sexist bully), culminating in a series of early morning tweets where he decried anonymous sources, attacked Machado as the worst Miss Universe contestant he ever had and told followers to check out a supposed “sex tape” featuring Machado.
  • John Podesta’s risotto recipe Explanation Wikileaks has recently been releasing thousands of emails from John Podesta, a top Clinton advisor, claiming their contents would completely derail Hillary’s campaign. However, apart from questionable statements Clinton made during Goldman Sachs’ speeches, and general cattiness among staffers, most political observers feel the leaks lack any serious new Clinton scandals and instead reflect the kind of wheeling and dealing one normally expects out of a major campaign. One email thread in particular, where Podesta discusses proper methods of preparing risotto, has become a Running Gag among Hillary defenders who consider it emblematic of the emails’ innocuous content.
  • “You need a public and private position ” Explanation  In a 2014 speech leaked by Wikileaks, Hillary claimed one needed a "public and private" face when negotiating in politics. Anti-Clintonites pounced on the statement as evidence of her duplicity.
  • GOP Civil War Explanation The 2016 election season seemed as if it would leave the GOP in shambles. Donald Trump openly feuded with House Speaker Paul Ryan and the rest of the GOP establishment for their lackluster support, Republican members of congress in swing districts struggled to walk a fine line between pissing off their hardcore Trump-supporting bases and alienating general election voters, finger-pointing among GOP commentators over just who was responsible for the current GOP clusterfuck occurred, and an overall perception set in that the GOP had been overtaken by its hard-right fringe. A number of pundits predicted a Democratic landslide, where they would win the Presidency, the Senate and potentially the House, and the GOP would be labelled for a generation as a party of racist reactionaries who put party loyalty ahead of good governance or ethics. While the future labeling of the Republican party is still up for debate, the Republicans ended up winning the Presidency, the Senate, and the House. Ironically, following the election, the Democratic Party fell into a civil war with lines drawn between the Clinton/Obama establishment camp and the Sanders progressive camp.
  • Jokes and observations about Russian interference with the election by the DNC, especially targeting Wikileaks for allegedly getting its leaks from Russian hackers. This, in turn, due to Donald Trump's reluctance to disavow Vladimir Putin, praise him as a "strong leader", and claims of knowing Putin (when he's not denying it), spawned the idea of a creepy Bromance between the two. The fact that a number of current and former members of his campaign staff have strong ties to the Russian government doesn't help.
  • The 2016 Town Hall presidential debate inspired a few:
    • Ken Bone Explaination The 2nd 2016 presidential debate was a town-hall style debate where the candidates fielded questions from undecided voters. One of the voters was one Kenneth Bone, an earnest and admittedly overweight man with big glasses, a mustache, a red sweater who had a question about the energy crisis. The public at large had taken a shine to him, calling him the only nice part of the debate between Clinton and Donald Trump. He's also gained a bit of Memetic Mutation in the form of Ken Bone facts, which emphasize his "Nice Guy-ness".
    • Due to the format of the debate (both candidates holding their own microphones and allowed to roam the stage at their leisure), several official pictures made it look as though◊ Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton were singing a love ballad. Eventually it got to the point where it was fairly easy to make a music video for "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" just using debate footage.
    • Donald Trump having a tendency to loom behind Clinton when waiting for his turn reminded several net denizens of a horror movie Stalker Without a Crush. Now scored by Danny Elfman.
    • After Donald Trump reminded Muslim Americans to “report when they see something going on", the hashtag #MuslimsReportStuff took off on Twitter, beginning with "I'm a Muslim, and I would like to report a crazy man threatening a woman on a stage in Missouri."
  • From the third presidential debate:
    • "We have some bad hombres here, and we're gonna get 'em out." explanation Donald Trump's response when asked by moderator Chris Wallace on how he would secure the borders. Clinton's supporters, particularly Hispanic/Latinos, promptly started calling themselves that online.
    • "Such a nasty woman."explanation A Freudian Slip interruption from Donald Trump during the middle of Clinton’s statement about Social Security reform, seen as hypocritical in light of earlier remarks in the debate where he claimed "no one has more respect for women than me". Like “bad hombres”, Clinton’s female supporters started calling themselves “nasty", complete with Janet Jackson references (“That’s MADAME/PRESIDENT Clinton if you’re nasty!”)
    • While Clinton was [X], Trump was [Y].explanation When Donald Trump tried to call out Clinton on billion in missing State Department funds, Clinton countered his remarks about her 30 years in politics by pointing out some of the highlights of her career and juxtaposing them with what Trump was doing in each decade: "You know, back in the 1970s, I worked for the Children's Defense Fund. And I was taking on discrimination against African-American kids in schools. He was getting sued by the Justice Department for racial discrimination in his apartment buildings. In the 1980s, I was working to reform the schools in Arkansas. He was borrowing million from his father to start his businesses. In the 1990s, I went to Beijing and I said women's rights are human rights. He insulted a former Miss Universe, Alicia Machado, called her an eating machine. And on the day when I was in the Situation Room, monitoring the raid that brought Osama bin Laden to justice, he was hosting the Celebrity Apprentice."
    • #TrumpBookReport. explanation St. Louis city alderman made a joke about Donald Trump on Twitter about how Trump giving a hypothetical book report on The Grapes of Wrath ("Oh the Grapes! They had so much wrath!"). It sparked others to make similar jokes from everything from A Song of Ice and Fire (or as it is better known to the public at large, Game of Thrones) to Wuthering Heights and The Hunger Games.
  • #MormonMafia explanation  Fox News anchor Lou Dobbs went on a twitter rant attributing third-party candidate Evan McMullin's lead in Utah to the "Mormon Mafia" (Said lead is probably more due to the fact that McMullin is a Utah native and Mormon whose brand of conservatism is more palatable to Mormons than Donald Trump's). Twitter had a field day imagining the nefarious deeds of such a Mafia
    • Egg McMuffin explanation Nickname for third-party candidate Evan McMullin, who ran as a conservative alternative to Donald Trump in Utah and Idaho.
  • When they go low, we go high!explanation  Common rally cry at Clinton rallies, started by Michelle Obama, asking for Clinton supporters to avoid the insults and vitriol stereotypically associated with Donald Trump.
    • Don't boo, vote! explanation  Another common rally cry at Clinton rallies.
  • Economic anxiety explanation  Early on during the primaries & general election, journalists and pundits analyzing the Donald Trump phenomenon attributed his support amongst the white working class (particularly men) as due to "economic anxiety" over losing manufacturing jobs to overseas factories and the impact of free-trade policies on local industries. As time went on, however, the rhetoric and behavior of Donald Trump supporters became seen as increasingly racist, sexist, and violent (screaming Nazi slurs at the press, misogynist merchandise sold at Donald Trump rallies, supporters bearing targets with Hillary's face, the rise of white nationalist militias attempted terrorist attacks by Donald Trump supporters, armed militia groups patrolling polling stations for "voter fraud", promises of violent revolution if Donald Trump loses...), while a Gallup study revealed racial isolation was a far more reliable indicator of Donald Trump support than economic status. Anti-Trumpers have since adopted the phrase "economic anxiety" as a sarcastic remark whenever the latest report of Donald Trump-supporter bigotry comes through.
  • "Basket of deplorables." explanation (a quote from Hillary Clinton about many Donald Trump supporters. The full quote was: "You know, just to be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Donald Trump's supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. They're racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic — you name it." Supporters of this quote are pleased she called out bigotry, while detractors claim she was dismissive and rude, and that this would only increase Donald Trump's popularity. As with the "nasty woman" meme above, many Donald Trump supporters started calling themselves "deplorables" in defiance.)
  • The FBI is now probing Clinton's emails thanks to Weiner's sexting...explanation Eleven days before the election, FBI director James Comey dropped the bombshell that while investigating Anthony Weiner's alleged sexting of a minor, they found devices containing emails potentially relating to their previous investigation into Clinton's improper handling of classified emails. Amidst all the debate over whether Comey did the right thing in announcing the reinvestigation into Clinton's emails, whether this was the result of GOP pressure and whether the GOP was deliberately misrepresenting his report, there was universal disbelief that the fate of the election could possibly hinge, once again, on Weiner's dick.
  • Biden and Obama photos.explanation  A quickly growing number of tweets showing photos of Biden and Obama, with text of Biden suggesting ways to prank Donald Trump and Obama typically shooting them down. It managed to attract attention from the news after only a few days and symbolized how much their supporters would miss them in the White House.
  • "TFE." explanation (stands for "This Fucking Election")
  • "THIS IS NOT NORMAL." explanation (Said repeatedly by many people, including on this very site, throughout the 2016 election season, usually about how something that would normally sink other candidates only increased Donald Trump's fanbase. Later parodied on Saturday Night Live). After the election, when Trump's supporters told protesters to "get over it", his opponents used it to clarify that the atmosphere surrounding the left-wing was very different from that of normal losing sides of an election due to Trump's unconventional and controversial campaign. For example, jokes or allusions to Trump becoming president before the fact that would under normal circumstances be listed on our YMMV pages as Hilarious in Hindsight are instead classified as a "Funny Aneurysm" Moment or Harsher in Hindsight.
  • "Hillary won the popular vote." explanation A common refrain by anti-Trumpers was to point out that Hillary Clinton, despite losing the election, beat Trump in the popular vote by 2.9 million votes. It was used as one of the reasons that Trump's opponents had no obligation to support him during his presidential transition.
  • How wild it is watching the election from Europe: Unhip Old Lady vs. Cool Grampa vs. Racist Piece of Corn vs. a serial killer? explanation This is a meme about memes. Obviously, for foreigners uninterested in US politics, they would not have the inclination to learn anything about the candidates nor the actual TV news or coverage. However, the election memes were very pervasive (as this page shows) and so if they were on the internet they would get the meme-version of the candidates, whether they wanted to or not. The candidates were most commonly treated on the internet as: an unhip old lady (Hillary Clinton, as she tried to be seen doing cool modern things and with cool modern people, but looking out of place for her efforts), a cool grandpa (Bernie Sanders being the fan favorite of the election, a really awesome old guy, what with his liberal policies, and grandfatherly persona), a racist piece of corn (Donald Trump, as detractors of him consider his policies racist [that's all we'll say about that], and his odd hair [to say the least] and orange tan make him look like a piece of corn), and joked to be a serial killer (Ted Cruz, from the meme mentioned above about him being jokingly accused of being the Zodiac Killer).
  • Comparing the presidential candidates to characters from fictional franchises — usually with Bernie Sanders as the good guy, Hillary Clinton as a polarizing Wild Card, and the Republicans as villains (with Donald Trump usually paired to the most evil character of the bunch).
  • Anti-Trumpers often mock him by posting unflattering photos of him, with this one◊ being the most popular.
  • "That hurricane was trying to protect us".explanation After Trump won the election, many users stated that Hurricane Matthew was trying to protect the country — referring to the fact that either people would rather be dead than live through a Trump presidency, or that Matthew could have created conditions that would have given Hillary Clinton the presidency.

     2017–present (Trump Era) 

  • "You are fake news."explanation During his first press conference since being elected, around 10 days or so before his inauguration, Trump was asked about the allegations of possible Russian interference in the 2016 presidential elections. He answered by accusing news outlets like CNN of publishing unverified news. This response has sparked massive backlash and mocking on the Internet on how Trump discredits any news that paints him in a negative light as illegitimate. Naturally, people called Trump himself fake news.
  • From Trump's inauguration:
    • Richard Spencer getting punched to music.Explanation White supremacist and prominent "alt-right" figure Richard Spencer was punched in the face by a passer-by while giving an interview during Trump's inauguration. The clip was swiftly given musical accompaniment ranging from Hamilton's "Right Hand Man" to Rage Against the Machine's "Killing in the Name" to the Indiana Jones theme.
    • #SpicerFacts / #AlternativeFacts explanation  After Trump's inauguration, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer claimed that the inauguration crowd broke records, when it was in fact clearly below Obama's numbers, a statement that he and other people close to Trump defended, such as Kellyanne Conway, who claimed that it was supported by "alternative facts". Many took to mocking this with their own blatantly false claims under these hashtags.
    • They had to get Barry from EastEnders explanation Since the Trump collective had a hard time finding entertainment for the inauguration, someone created a fake video which showed Barry from British soap EastEnders performing intercut with footage of the Trumps. Most people believed it, given the video was well-made and — after asking Charlotte Church and being denied — having Barry perform wasn't far-fetched at all.
    • Charlotte Church thinks you're a tyrantexplanation The Twitter response from the singer to Trump after being asked to perform at the inauguration. Made even funnier by the fact that most Trump supporters had never heard of her (a Welsh operatic who hadn't released anything in 10 years).
    • Bush's ponchoexplanation Dubya tried to put on a plastic poncho during Trump's inauguration to protect himself from the rain, and failed epically, to the internet's delight
  • From the January 2017 Women's Marches:
    • #Resist explanation An common rallying cry and slogan for the anti-Trump movement. Frequently accompanied by a picture of Star Wars' Princess Leia, who was fresh in the collective consciousness thanks to her actress's recent death at the time.
    • "My pussy's made of steel!" explanation The Supergirl star Melissa Benoist went to one of the marches, with a sign that said "Don't try to grab my pussy, it's made of steel", referencing her character's epithet as the Girl of Steel, and wearing a sweater that said "FEMINIST". Various feminists then took on the slogan, since it's a Multiple Reference Pun to the highly-renowned girl-power character, to Trump's infamous "grab em by the pussy", and to the displeasure at Trump's bills to effectively control all American female genitals and policies.
  • Donald Trump's Executive Orders.explanation During Trump's first weeks in office, he issued an abnormally large number of high-profile executive orders and made a habit of always inviting over the media to see the signing process. This, combined with the divisive reactions to said orders, led to many photoshopped images of Trump signing XO's on things like banning anime or executing Order 66.
  • Monday Night Massacreexplanation In the wake of the tumultuous "Muslim Ban" EO, acting Attorney General Sally Yates issued a memorandum telling the DOJ not to defend the ban in courts as she was "not convinced" of its legality. Trump responded by firing her as AG and calling her dissent a "betrayal", which made the firing look explicitly political and personal. Coupled with the subsequent removal of ICE acting director Daniel Ragsdale, the event was termed the "Monday Night Massacre" as a reference to the Saturday Night Massacre when Nixon attempted to fire Watergate prosecutor Archibald Cox and instead prompted the resignations of then-AG Elliot Richardson and Deputy AG William Ruckelshaus.
  • Sally Yates.explanation After her refusal to defend the "Muslim ban" EO in courts and her resultant firing by the White House, anti-Trump forces quickly adopted former acting Attorney General Sally Yates as a Memetic Badass who put the country first, especially after footage of her 2015 confirmation hearing popped up where she stated that the AG had a responsibility to say "no" to the President. Yates' reputation continued to grow when the story broke that she warned the White House that Michael Flynn was compromised by the Russians a full month before the phone-call scandal broke.
  • Bowling Green Massacreexplanation  On an episode of Hardball, Trump spokeswoman Kellyanne Conway cited the completely fictional Bowling Green Massacre, actually a reference to two Muslims who were captured in Bowling Green, as justification for the Muslim ban. Twitter seized on the blatant falsehood and mocked it to kingdom come, even doing fake vigils for the massacre.
  • Merrick Garlandexplanation  After the unexpected death of Justice Scalia Barack Obama nominated Merrick Garland as his replacement....only for the GOP to refuse even considering him for the Supreme Court, using increasingly thin reasoning (mostly that it was too late in Obama's term to nominate a Judge and it should be decided by the presidential election) to prevent him from being considered and to keep the seat open. Fast forward to 2017, when Trump nominated Neil Gorsuch to fill the still-empty seat, and the GOP demanded that Democrats confirm him for the bench. Democrat and liberal feelings toward this development (if not more concerned about Gorsuch's political opinions than Garland's snub) can be summed up in the following quote from congressman Earl Blumenauer: "I encourage my Senate colleagues to give Neil Gorsuch the same courtesy Senate Republicans gave Merrick Garland". Mitch McConnell also made the request, seemingly forgetting his own hostile treatment of Garland, so it backfired hilariously at him.
  • "Dress Like A Woman"explanation  A source leaked that Trump's dress code for the White House demanded that female staffers "dress like a woman", with many of said staffers feeling pressured to wear dresses. Social media quickly responded by reappropriating the phrase, as thousands of pictures depicting real and fictional women from all walks of life wearing anything and everything.
  • Betsy DeVosexplanation After her embarrassing Senate hearing, Secretary education nominee Betsy DeVos became Donald Trump's most unpopular cabinet nominee. Various memes making fun of her, with Bait-and-Switch Comparison jokes between her and a bear (due to how she argued during her confirmation hearing that guns might be needed in schools to fend off grizzly bears) and comparisons to Harry Potter's Dolores Umbridge, popped up.
  • Suicide Squad explanation It was releaved that Steven Mnuchin, Trump's pick for Treasury Secretary, besides being mainly a banker, was also a film producer, whose credits include said 2016 superhero movie and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, among others. Given that Suicide Squad had already got a polarizing critical reception that lead it to become Snark Bait, this led to headlines like "Genius Behind Suicide Squad Now Fifth in Line For the Presidency", and jokes among Trump critics such as that Mnuchin went from producing one Suicide Squad to joining another, in reference to the Trump Cabinet.
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  • #LetLizSpeak / #ShePersistedexplanation  During Jeff Session's confirmation hearing for Attorney General, Senator Elizabeth Warren attempted to read a letter by Coretta Scott King (wife of Martin Luther King) which criticized his record of suppressing black voters. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell cut her off midway through by invoking Senate Rule 19 (which forbids accusing a fellow senator of "any conduct or motive unworthy or unbecoming a Senator") and barred Warren from speaking for the rest of the hearing. This backfired hilariously as people took to posting copies of the letter all over the Internet while subsequent Democrat senators picked up reading the letter right where Warren left off. McConnell's defense of his decision ("She had appeared to violate the rule. She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.") became the newest battle-cry for feminists, liberals and Democrats opposing the Trump agenda, while also getting mocked for how much it sounded like the tagline for an action movie.
  • Frederick Douglass.explanation As part of the beginning of Black History Month, Trump mentioned several black activists, but his mention of abolitionist Frederick Douglass in particular ("Frederick Douglass is an example of somebody who's done an amazing job and is getting recognized more and more, I notice.") was noted for how he spoke of Douglass in the present tense, leaving many with the implication that Trump thinks that Douglass is alive (Douglass died in 1895). This led to memes such as photoshopping Douglass onto Trump's meetings to "explain" how Trump knows him that way.
  • Nordstromexplanation A national “Grab Your Wallet” boycott of retailers carrying products by Trump and his family began in October, in the wake of the "grab 'em by the pussy" line. On February 2, Nordstrom announced it would stop carrying Ivanka's clothing line, due to poor sales. Trump took to Twitter to bash Nordstrom over the retailer’s decision.
  • Kompromat.explanation A Russian word for compromising material used as political blackmail, and a familiar aspect of post-Soviet politics in the former Eastern Bloc. It came to prominence in America after allegations surfaced that Russia was interfering in the 2016 elections in favor of Donald Trump, and even more so after unverified leaks surfaced that Russia may have compromising material on Trump himself, or a member of his staff. The meme became entrenched when evidence of National Security Adviser Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn having clandestine communications with the Russian government led to his resignation in February of 2017.
    • Pee tape. explanation A dossier on Trump's ties to Russia included the rather salacious detail that the Russians had video of Trump hiring and watching prostitutes pee on a bed that Obama had once slept in.
    • Flynnghazi explanation Nickname for the revelation that Flynn and other Trump staffers had secret conversations with the Russian government prior to Trump's win and inauguration (something highly illegal) and that Flynn was possibly compromised by the Russians. While Flynn ultimately resigned, Democrats and liberals have been pushing heavily for deeper investigation into the White House's ties with Russia.
  • #LastNightInSweden explanation At a February 18 rally, Trump seemingly implied that Sweden had been the victim of a terrorist attack (“You look at what's happening last night in Sweden. Sweden, who would believe this?”) - a claim which, similar to the "Bowling Green Massacre" was wholly false. While social media users joked about the lack of a terrorist attack that night, the Swedish government took things more seriously and demanded clarification from the State Department.
  • Obamacare vs. Trumpcare explanation After House Republicans revealed details about the replacement to Obamacare, Twitter users mocked the bill by comparing Trumpcare to bastardized versions of fictional characters, Replacement Scrappies, or widely disliked remakes of beloved films — for example, Obamacare being Gene Wilder's version of Willy Wonka and Trumpcare being the Johnny Depp portrayal.
    • Obamacare vs. Affordable Care Act explanation A popular snarky talking point among ACA supporters is the fact that many of "Obamacare"'s opponents don't realize that that Obamacare is just a nickname for the ACA actually support many of the ACA's measures and benefit substantially from them while claiming to be against "Obamacare".
  • Paul Ryan's PowerPoint presentation.explanation Paul Ryan outlined the GOP health care plan via PowerPoint presentation. People have photoshopped the scene so that it looks like he's conducting a presentation on something totally different.
  • #KillTheBill explanation  Rallying cry for the backlash against the GOP replacement bill for ACA/Obamacare (dubbed "Trumpcare").
  • Tapping the microwave.explanation When asked about Trump's allegation that Obama had Trump Tower wiretapped, his primary spokeswoman - Kellyanne Conway - demurred by citing the recent Wikileaks dump detailing the CIA's spying methods, including spying through Smart TV's. However, she then took this a step too far by alleging that a tap could have been installed in Trump's microwave, and thus a meme was born.
  • The entire "He will not divide us" incident.explanation It all started when Shia LaBeouf posted an anti-Trump art piece called "He Will Not Divide Us" at the Museum of the Moving Image in New York City, with a webcam that people could repeat the message on. Following attacks by members of 4chan such as fights, white supremacism, Nazi apologists and Pepe the Frog signs, LaBeouf was temporarily arrested and the art was shut down. Following LaBeouf being acquitted, the art was relocated to a theater in Albuquerque, as a sort of safer area. After vandalism and threats of shootings, the cam was relocated to a completely unknown area with a flag saying "He will not divide us". 4chan, using flight patterns, star charts, a random tweet by someone at a restaurant, and 4channers in the vicinity honking car horns, managed to triangulate the flag's location out of the entire US (It was in Greenville, Tennessee.) 4channers then replaced the flag with a Pepe the Frog t-shirt and a Donald Trump hat. The incident, considered one of 4chan's greatest feats by supporter and detractor alike, ended up making headlines nationally. The flag was then moved out of the US to Liverpool, England, but was then stolen by a mysterious masked 4channer. Finally, a digital version of the slogan was posted on the main website... which was then hacked by 4channers.
  • Jon Soloexplanation  The special election for Georgia's 6th district House representative (formerly held by Tom Price, who vacated the seat to become Secretary of Health) has gained national attention as a bellwether for the power of anti-Trump sentiment. Ordinarily a deep red district, Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff has become the frontrunner, prompting Republican forces to invest heavily against him. One attack ad in particular featured home videos of Ossoff in college going for Halloween as Han Solo alongside other innocuous college activities such as partying and performing in an a cappella group. Ostensibly meant to portray Ossoff as a lazy party animal, the ad ended up winning him new fans who dug the fact that Ossoff had a nerdy, fanboy side.
  • #WithFewExceptions explanation  Trump's tax lawyer claimed the president's tax returns would show no income from Russia "with few exceptions". Social media pounced on the verbal loophole with mocking statements prefaced with the phrase, such as "The Titanic was unsinkable" and "the Death Star was impenetrable".
  • Sean Spicer hiding in the bushes explanation In the wake of Trump's surprise firing of FBI Director James Comey, Spicer reportedly tried to hide in the bushes from the media. An enterprising Facebook user made a "Garden Spicer" photo for people to print and stick in their gardens, and a meme ensued.
    • James Comey hiding in the curtains explanation  A popular anecdote from Comey acquaintance Benjamin Wittes tells how Trump invited Comey to a meeting of top law enforcement officials in the Blue Room, which Comey reluctantly attended. While there, Comey stood in the back and attempted to "blend in" with the curtains (he was wearing a dark blue suit similar in color to the drapery) in hopes of avoiding Trump's attention, only for Trump to spot him and praise him by name. The sheer absurdity of the moment was quickly embraced by the Internet.
  • "BUT HER EMAILS!"Explanation A sarcastic comment, usually made post-election, after Trump does something controversial and/or un-presidential. The joke being that, no matter how bad Trump is, Hillary was somehow worse simply because of the controversy that she used a private email server. Has gotten a lot of play in the wake of Trump revealing highly sensitive intelligence to Russian officials, with Twitter users digging up past GOP comments criticizing Clinton's private server and asking the GOP if they feel the same outrage over Trump's careless handling of classified information
    • On a related note, Trump contradicting himself.Explanation Especially in the wake of Comey's firing, it's remarkably easy to find clips of Trump decrying a certain action while on the campaign trail, only to later do it himself, e.g. criticizing Clinton's handling of confidential information, and then giving some to the Russian delegation after becoming President.
  • "Cultural Enrichment" Explanation While not exclusive to the US, this tends to be the snide commentary from those on the conservative wing in the wake of a terrorist attack as a form of Victim Blaming - if Muslims weren't allowed into the country, there wouldn't be terrorist attacks. Liberals were quick to mock
  • SETH RICH Explanation In a similar vein to Vince Foster's suicide, conspiracy theorists claim the death of DNC staffer Seth Rich (shot during a botched mugging) was actually a deliberate hit as punishment for leaking DNC documents to Wikileaks. Despite repeated debunkings, conservative voices have been adamant in spreading the story (most notably Sean Hannity who still promotes it on his show and Twitter, despite the fact that his home network Fox News has publicly retracted the story).
  • Trump’s bizarrely aggressive handshakes (which many have interpreted as Trump clumsily asserting dominance over the other party, or jealous that the other people were far more widely respected than he was) have resulted in awkward diplomatic moments.
    • Trump shaking Japanese Prime Minister Abe’s hand for nineteen seconds, to the Prime Minister’s increasing discomfort.
    • Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s skeptical expression at Trump’s offered hand, which demonstrated how Trump was not a respected figure worldwide despite being the U.S. President.
    • Trump outright forgetting to shake German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s hand, furthering Trump’s image as a sexist who can’t handle strong women, or as someone frustrated that Merkel was being cited as the "Leader of the Free World" instead of him.
  • Trump’s glowing orb Explanation  On his first visit to Saudi Arabia, Trump and members of the Saudi government symbolically opened up the Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology by placing their hands on a light-up orb. The unintentionally-sinister photos - and in fairness, nobody can be lit from below their face without looking "sinister" - of the event spawned innumerable jokes comparing Trump and company to various fictional supervillans.
  • Sad Pope FrancisExplanation  Pope Francis’ hounddog expression in a photo taken during Trump’s first visit to the Vatican raised a number of eyebrows, especially in light of the pair’s repeated criticism of each other. The funereal look of the Trump family outfits just added to the dour mood of the photo.
  • From the 2017 G7 summit:
  • Melania Trump's escape attempts. Explanation  Many people have noted that Trump's current wife Melania has a tendency to smile only when her husband is looking, and lose the smile as soon as he turns his back. She also has repeately refused to hold hands with him, something that has been caught on tape a few times. It's commonly joked that she is constantly trying to ask for help to escape without alerting her husband.
  • Greg Gianforte, the body-slamming candidate.Explanation The day before Montana's congressional district special election in May 2017, it was reported that the Republican candidate, Greg Gianforte, had assaulted a reporter for The Guardian, which was corroborated by an audio recording of the incident and by other reporters who were present at the scene. This was obviously a serious incident... however, when the reporter that was victim of the incident first described it, he said that Gianforte had "bodyslammed" him, and since a bodyslam is a throw mostly associated with professional wrestling, it didn't take long for jokes to appear about how, if he lost the election, Gianforte could try a second career at wrestling. In the end, Gianforte won the election (due to most of the votes being mailed in before the incident broke), apologized to the reporter in return for the reporter agreeing to not pursue a civil claim against him, and was sentenced to community service, anger management, a fine and an court fee.
  • Covfefe Explanation  Trump wrote a tweet that appeared to be another criticism of the media, but bizarrely it abruptly ended with this Perfectly Cromulent Word. Most likely it is a typo (presumably for "coverage", though it would still make the tweet a sentence fragment) but he didn't delete the tweet for 6 hours and claimed it was intentional via spokesman Sean Spicer. One popular joke theory is that a staffer attempted to wrestle Trump's phone out of his hands mid tweet. To give an idea as to how much this particular meme exploded, typing c into Google yielded "covfefe" as the #1 autocomplete, and according to Google Trends, more than 5 million people searched for "covfefe" that day. This became an Ascended Meme (or a discredited one) when Congressman Mike Quiggly (D-IL) introduced the "COVFEFE Act" - Communications Over Various Feeds Electronically for Engagement - in an effort to declare Trump's twitter posts part of official Presidential records.
  • Reality Winner Explanation In June 2017, a woman was arrested on suspicion of leaking an intelligence report of the investigation about whether there was Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections, but what caught the attention of the media in particular was that the woman's real, actual name was Reality Winner. This also led to jokes such as "The Trump Administration is at war with Reality."
  • Literal Fake News Explanation  After Trump spent his whole Presidency so far yelling "FAKE NEWS" at any critical news outlets, it came to light that he'd had a fake cover of Time Magazine hung in some of his properties, extolling his endless virtues.
  • Modern Day Presidential Explanation  After landing in hot water due to yet another sexist tweet, this time leveled at Mika Brzezinski of MSNBC's Morning Joe, Trump agreed that his social media behavior wasn't presidential, but "Modern Day Presidential," clearly unaware that people were referring to his conduct on Twitter as shameful, not the fact that he was using Twitter at all.
  • Chris Christie on the beach Explanation After the New Jersey government shut down over a dispute over Governor Chris Christie's health care plan, all the beaches were closed to the public. But the Christie family was still allowed to go. Photos about Chris Christie wearing a bathing suit popped up and he was mocked all around, even being photoshopped into a bunch of other inappropriate situations. The situation painted Christie as an irresponsible politician who cared little about the state he was governing. Not helped by one of his spokespeople denying he'd gotten any sun and, when confronted with photographic evidence of Christie's time on the beach, clarified that he was wearing a hat.
  • Trump wrestling CNN Explanation On July 2, 2017, Donald Trump posted a tweet showing him at WrestleMania 23 beating up Vince McMahon with a CNN logo superimposed over the latter's face. This tweet quickly became one of his most popular in history, with over 300,000 retweets and 500,000 likes, as Trump fans and wrestling fans alike came together to laugh. However, the tweet didn't go over so well with anti-Trumpers and those who couldn't care less about professional wrestling, who instead saw it as too childish and juvenile for the U.S. President to tweet about at best, and a call for violence against journalists at worst.
    • #CNNBlackmail Explanation After reports came out that the wrestling tweet was created by a user on the r/TheDonald Reddit forum, news that a CNN reporter tracked down the user and exposed his identity popped up. This caused a huge rift on Twitter, with Trump supporters siding with the Redditor, angry that a private citizen was tracked down by a media giant, with some even indicating they got the wrong guy. Anti-Trumpers took CNN's side, believing that the accusations were unfounded, or that someone who made threats against CNN was a criminal and lost his right to privacy and sympathy; others indicated that CNN only revealed the Redditor ID and not the rest of the personal information of the user.
  • Donald Trump Jr's emails Explanation In July 2017, it was discovered that in June 2016, Donald Trump Jr. was sent an email offering official help from the Russian government to dig dirt on Hillary Clinton to help his father's campaign shortly after Trump Sr. was officially nominated by the Republican party. While you can't be blamed for emails you receive, he expressed his approval in his reply to them, and arranged a meeting, putting him in trouble. The extremely ironic part is that an email scandal helped Trump get elected, and now he might get in trouble because of an a different set of emails.
  • Ty Cobb Explanation When Trump hired attorney Ty Cobb to his legal team, people began to mock him for two things: first of all, that he shared his name with a baseball player of the early 20th century (he was actually a distant relative of his); and second, his old-time handlebar mustache. Jokes about how Trump thought he was hiring the actual baseball player to his team (similar to the Frederick Douglass example) quickly began to appear.
  • Kellyanne Conway's Cards Explanation When Kellyanne Conway made an appearance on Fox News' program Hannity to talk about the allegations of Trump's presidential campaign colluding with Russia, she held up a pair of cue cards, one with the words "Conclusion?" and "Collusion" (with the latter scribbled out), and the other with "Illusion" and "Delusion", as a visual aid. Photo-shopped images replacing the original text with political commentary (or pretty much anything else) ensued.
  • Tropical Storms Don and Hilary Explanation A weak tropical system in the Caribbean formed named "Don", which normally wouldn't have gotten attention...except for the fact that its name was shorthand for that of the president. This, and the fact that a storm named "Hilary" (you know, as in...) was due to form, became political fodder on social media. As of July 19, "Hilary" has yet to form, and because it is forecast to be absorbed by nearby Tropical Storm Greg before it can be given its name, the name may sadly have to wait until long after "Don" is gone. To be fair, neither were named after the president; "Don" was a replacement for Dennis after 2005 (the same year as Katrina) back when George W. Bush was president, and Hilary has been on the Pacific list ever since 1981, a decade before Bill Clinton ever became president.
  • "I'm more of a frontstabbing person" Explanation  A quote from Sean Spicer's replacement Anthony Scaramucci, where he expresses his distaste of political backstabbing. People have joked that with his Italian-esque name and "frontstabbing", he seems like a member of some mafia.
  • A child named Pickle Explanation  Sarah Huckabee Sanders touted a letter allegedly written by a nine year old boy named Dylan, whose friends call "Pickle" for some reason, telling Trump that he is his "favorit" president. All fine and dandy...until the letter says Pickle threw a Donald Trump-themed birthday party and questions why people he knows don't like Trump like he does. Many on internet quickly jumped to question A) How would a "Donald Trump-themed birthday party" look like (would it have a piñata, what with the Mexicans and all?), and B) if such a boy really exists or if this was just a pathetic attempt for good publicity.
  • John McCain's thumbs down Explanation Senator John "The Maverick" McCain (R-Arizona) was the deciding vote in the Republicans' last-ditch effort on a "skinny repeal" of the Affordable Care Act, and did so with an epic thumbs-down, holding court for nineteen seconds while the entire Congress gave him their undivided attention.
  • RNC PR BS Explanation Not only does former Chief of Staff Reince Priebus's name sound goofily upper-crust as heck, but someone found out this is what you get if you remove all the vowels from his name: RNC (Republican National Comitee, which he chaired) PR (Public Relations) BS (does it really need explanation?).
  • THE MOOCH IS LOOSE!Explanation Anthony Scaramucci lasted all of ten days after being hired as the White House Communications Director. In that time period, he 1) gave an telephone interview where he insulted his co-workers Steve Bannon and Reince Priebus with colorful language, 2) his wife filed for divorce, and 3) he missed the birth of his child. He was promptly fired on July 31st 2017 on the direction of the new Chief of Staff, John Kelly. Made especially bad because his official starting date wasn't until August 15th (he was only performing his duties in an acting capacity beforehand), so he was technically fired before he was employed.
  • "A Great Day In the White House!"Explanation This Tweet from the day Anthony Scaramucci was let go, news broke that Trump had Trump Jr. lie about the Trump tower meeting, and the day that Jeff Flake, a GOP senator, announced a book criticizing his colleagues and himself for riding the Trump Train, and detailing the varied and sundry deficiencies within the party that led to Trump's presidency. Oh, and this also happened to be the day his approval rating in Rasmussen, a pollster with an infamous Republican skew that he had once bragged about getting a 50% approval rating in, dipped to 39%. This quickly got crossed over with the "Everything is fine" meme, with Trump being inserted into the dog's position.
  • IT'S MUELLER TIME/HURRY UP MUELLERExplanation A corruption of the existing ad slogan "It's Miller time!" referencing Bob Mueller, the special prosecutor leading the investigation into the Trump White House's ties to Russia.
  • Local Milk PeopleExplanation Shortly after his presidency began, it was reported that Trump became angry during a call with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. On August 2017, the transcripts of the call Trump had with Turnbull (alongside one with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto) were released, where it was revealed that, in regards of a deal made by Turnbull and Barack Obama that would send refugees to the United States, Trump said that they were "not going to be wonderful people who go on to work for the local milk people." That fact that Trump apparetly doesn't know how to call dairy farmers (especially since it's believed that they form a good part of his supporters) led to jokes around the internet looking for who were supposedly the local milk people, including anthropomorphic milk cartons, the people who appeared on the "Got Milk?" ad campaign, and the Droogs from A Clockwork Orange.
  • Fire and FuryExplanation After an intelligence report claimed North Korea had the ability to fit a miniaturized nuclear warhead on its missiles, Trump made some off-the-cuff comments during a press conference about how that country would be met with "fire and fury" if it threatened the United States or its allies. Naturally, this led to a great deal of widespread anxiety that he was about to start a nuclear war, even causing a spike in Google searches on the topic. North Korea later threatening to launch missiles towards the U.S. territory of Guam did not help matters at all.
    • And a spin-off due to one unfortunate typo on a newspaper - "Fire and Furry".
  • John DelaneyExplanation A Democratic U.S. House Representative from Maryland who gained attention by making the official announcement for his 2020 campaign for President...in July 2017 (compare this to the previous election, where the earliest declaration was made by Ted Cruz on March 23, 2015), and was met with a wave of tongue-in-cheek support.
    • His resemblance to Will Ferrell's Buddy the Elf (if he were balding) has also been commented on.
  • Trump looking at the eclipse.Explanation A solar eclipse visible within a band across the entire United States occurred in August 21, 2017. A viewing party was held at the White House, during which President Donald Trump appeared on the Truman Balcony to watch it. Despite the common cautions about watching an eclipse only through special glasses to avoid vision problems, when the sun was partially eclipsed, Trump still looked briefly in the general direction of the sun before using solar viewing glasses. While there were no reports of Trump suffering vision problems from it, this didn't go unnoticed.

Source: http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Memes/USPolitics


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