The year is 2017: the Backstreet Boys want fans to join them on a Nineties-themed cruise, Noel Fielding is genuinely set to present The Great British Bake Off and Donald Trump is still president of the United States of America.
During his time as pres, Trump has made a lot of headlines – and mostly for the wrong reasons. We’ve seen him do his utmost to sign away women’s reproductive rights, withdraw from the historic 2015 Paris climate agreement, reportedly enforce an unbelievable sexist dress code at the White House, and attempt to ban immigrants from seven “majority-Muslim countries,” including Syria, Somalia and Iran.
As if that weren’t enough, Trump has been keeping busy on Twitter (presumably running the country doesn’t give him enough to do), tweeting a steady stream of insults at anyone who annoys him. Think his predecessor Barack Obama, London mayor Sadiq Khan, our beloved Meryl Streep, and, y’know, any and all “nasty women” out there in the world.
Surprise surprise – he’s now taken to calling out the children of former presidents, too.
Trump initially came under fire for sending his daughter Ivanka (an unelected representative with zero political experience) to fill his seat at a G20 Summit meeting.
Rather than accept the fact that he may have made something of a political faux pas, Trump decided to give in to his bruised ego and respond by bellowing like a wounded boar.
Tiny fingers typing furiously, he soon began tweeting smack about the Clintons. Which, to be fair, is a technique that usually curries favour with some of Trump’s more ardent supporters.
When I left Conference Room for short meetings with Japan and other countries, I asked Ivanka to hold seat. Very standard. Angela M agrees!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 10, 2017
If Chelsea Clinton were asked to hold the seat for her mother,as her mother gave our country away, the Fake News would say CHELSEA FOR PRES!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 10, 2017
What Trump possibly didn’t bank on was Chelsea Clinton seeing his tweets pop up in her newsfeed.
Unwilling to let the POTUS spout nonsense about her family on social media, Clinton fired back a pointed message of her own.
“Good morning, Mr President,” she typed, her message dripping with faux-politeness.
“It would never have occurred to my mother or my father to ask me.”
And then, disguising her badassery as wide-eyed innocence, Clinton asked: “Were you giving our country away? Hoping not.”
It wasn’t long before Clinton’s tweet caught the eye of… well, basically everyone.
And it’s safe to say that they were seriously big fans of her work.
That was a gentle, caustic, and complete burn.— Eric Garland (@ericgarland) July 10, 2017
Chelsea Clinton is better at Twitter then you @RealDonaldTrump— JerseyCraig (@CJPatruno) July 10, 2017
Love you. Your parents were qualified. That's why.— David Brody (@David_Brody) July 10, 2017
We would all do well to enroll in Chelsea Clinton's cheerful shade academy. Cheerful shade is the best of the shades. https://t.co/Ubf6ukZ8hH— Taffy Akner (@taffyakner) July 10, 2017
Chelsea Clinton is my new patronus. https://t.co/JCjE2l0ulp— Laura Heffernan (@LH_Writes) July 10, 2017
And, of course, there were more than a few people who decided to take up Trump’s cry of “CHELSEA FOR PRES”.
Come to think of it, "Chelsea for Pres" has a nice ring to it....— Katherine M. Burke (@katherinemburke) July 10, 2017
We should see about getting #ChelseaForPres trending.— Vinny (@endp8triarchy) July 10, 2017
Good idea. #ChelseaForPres— Katherine M. Burke (@katherinemburke) July 10, 2017
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