A tweet from Donald Trump over a set of stairs

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Trump mocked the way Obama walked down stairs in resurfaced 2014 tweet

The tweet emerged as the president feverishly defended his own walking abilities.

 

Mikael Thalen

Tech

Published Jun 14, 2020

As they say with Donald Trump, there’s always a tweet. And after the president found himself defending his ability to walk on Saturday, a tweet in which he criticized his predecessor for doing just that reemerged.

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The incident, which has come to be known as #RampGate, began over the weekend at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, where Trump was seen cautiously walking down a long ramp.

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The president’s restrained gait immediately led to widespread speculation online over his wellbeing.

Users on social media accused the president of having everything, from dementia to an assortment of other neurological issues.

The issue was amplified even further by none other than the president, who was seemingly unable to ignore the mockery on Twitter.

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“The ramp that I descended after my West Point Commencement speech was very long & steep, had no handrail and, most importantly, was very slippery,” Trump tweeted. “The last thing I was going to do is ‘fall’ for the Fake News to have fun with. Final ten feet I ran down to level ground. Momentum!”

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But while the president was busy defending his stroll down the ramp, Twitter users were able to find, unsurprisingly, a 2014 tweet from Trump criticizing the movements of then-President Barack Obama.

“The way President Obama runs down the stairs of Air Force 1, hopping & bobbing all the way, is so inelegant and unpresidential. Do not fall!” Trump tweeted.

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Some users even dubbed June 14 “Obama Day” in an effort to perturb the current president on his own birthday. Footage of Obama jogging up the same ramp at West Point also circulated online.

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Despite Trump’s best efforts to defend his walking skills, #RampGate became one of Twitter’s top trends on Sunday alongside #TrumpIsUnwell and #TrumpWearsAdultDiapers.

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*First Published: Jun 14, 2020, 3:15 pm CDT