The New York Times tried its hand at a Star Wars meme to celebrate the launch of impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump – and proved what conservatives have been saying for years: the Left can’t meme.
“A long time coming for a White House far from reality,” the clip reads, before launching into scrolling text designed to mimic the opening to the Star Wars films. Titled “Episode 45,” the meme features two and a half minutes of every misdeed – real and imagined – committed by Trump during his presidency, heavy on the Russiagate conspiracy theorizing.
“The president has launched a fresh assault on fair elections.” Unfortunately, this isn’t happening a long time ago in a universe far, far away. pic.twitter.com/EUuAptsKJv
— New York Times Opinion (@nytopinion) September 27, 2019
“Chaos has engulfed the republic,” the Times declares, referring to Trump’s “fresh assault on fair elections” – referring to his July phone call with the president of Ukraine in which he suggested reopening a corruption probe into the gas company that hired ex-Vice President Joe Biden’s son Hunter on its board – as “the last straw.” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi swoops in “to restore some semblance of order to the universe” – and it’s all downhill from there, as accusations from the fictional (Trump gave classified info to foreign officials!) to the petty (Trump called a woman “horseface”!) scroll by.
The Times, which tweeted this creation under “opinions,” was savagely ratio’d, and some – including conservative meme-master Carpe Donktum, a favorite of the president himself – crafted their own responses.
My response to the @nytopinion Star Wars Meme.
The Left Can’t Meme… Period. pic.twitter.com/olCkzLPcvc
— Carpe Donktum🔹 (@CarpeDonktum) September 27, 2019
— Cody Johnston (@drmistercody) September 27, 2019
Some made less sense than others.
— Kyle Style Podcast (@KStylePodcast) September 27, 2019
Many were openly disdainful of the Times’ meme efforts: “People can die from cringe related illnesses guys. Do better,” tweeted one.
“I’m gonna subscribe to your paper just so I can cancel my subscription now,” wrote another. “What on earth is wrong with you people?” someone else wondered.
Is…is everything okay over there?
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) September 27, 2019
Others got into the Star Wars spirit while still managing to throw shade on the egregious construct.
The ratio will be with you… Always.
— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) September 27, 2019
“I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of lies suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced. I fear something wonderful has happened.”
— Pete Moss (@OrganicMatter4U) September 27, 2019
But some found a silver lining. “The only redeeming quality of this tweet is the ratio,” one person commented, referring to the fact the tweet has been viewed and commented on many more times than it’s been retweeted or liked.
The only redeeming quality of this tweet is the ratio pic.twitter.com/u7kLRm4ngK
— Abigail Marone (@abigailmarone) September 27, 2019
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