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President Donald Trump on Monday set Twitter ablaze by bringing a spread of fast food into the White House, to serve to the Clemson Tigers, during their visit for winning this year’s college football championship. But even that has become mired in mistruths and bizarre memes.
On Twitter this morning, Trump announced that he paid for 1,000 hamburgers for the team.
Or as he calls them, “hamberders.”
Great being with the National Champion Clemson Tigers last night at the White House. Because of the Shutdown I served them massive amounts of Fast Food (I paid), over 1000 hamberders etc. Within one hour, it was all gone. Great guys and big eaters!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 15, 2019
If there are two things the president is known for its hyperbolic, factually curious boasting and Twitter typos. “Hamberders” aside, Trump initially claimed he bought 300 burgers for the Tigers. From the White House pool report:
“If it’s American, I like it. It’s all American stuff. … But it’s good stuff and we have the national champion team, as you know, Clemson Tigers. And they had a fantastic game against Alabama and they’re all here. They’re right outside the room and I think we’re going to let you see them. But I’ll bet you, as much food as we have — we have pizzas, we have 300 hamburgers, many, many french fries, all of our favorite foods.”
This morning, it was 1,000.
I should note that, at one point tonight, President Trump said he bought 300 hamburgers. Later, he claimed he bought 1,000 hamburgers.— Hunter Walker (@hunterw) January 15, 2019
Regardless, the reaction to the scene in the White House last night was noisy, with people appalled by the juxtaposition of McDonald’s Sweet and Sour sauce sitting in fine silver bowls, and Trump standing beneath a portrait of Abraham Lincoln.
Dystopic, some might have even said.
“This is the news photo that would make a returning time traveler realize they fucked something up,” TV writer Jess Dweck tweeted.
This is the news photo that would make a returning time traveler realize they fucked something up pic.twitter.com/DwKe35Uicm— Jess Dweck (@TheDweck) January 15, 2019
White House Staffer, choking through tears - "I... guess... we could... use the... Lincoln gravy boats... for the... Mc... the McNug... the McNugget sauces." 😭😭😭 pic.twitter.com/cLxJeYnBwr— W. Kamau Bell (@wkamaubell) January 15, 2019
But Trump, who loves fast food, seemed to be having the time of his life.
Here’s a video I shot of President Trump showing off his 300 hamburgers. pic.twitter.com/P06S6I5w07— Hunter Walker (@hunterw) January 14, 2019
“If it’s American I like it. It’s all American stuff,” Trump says, of table piled with burgers from McD's, Wendy’s, and Burger King. Another held Domino's and fries, per pool.— Alex Leary (@learyreports) January 14, 2019
Clemson players entered as White House band played a jazz rendition of Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean. https://t.co/gIl8MjDl3t
Trump’s celebration of football and gluttony was mocked Tuesday morning, mainly for his failure to properly spell a classic American food. And for letting the world know he paid.
I paid for the hamberders. It was me, the billionaire https://t.co/pm3eetWYli— Jack Holmes (@jackholmes0) January 15, 2019
Fifteen minutes later, "hamberders" is still up. At what point do we acknowledge the fact that Trump is almost certainly dyslexic but too insecure to admit it. https://t.co/LsNeveYuwD— Oren Kessler (@OrenKessler) January 15, 2019
I, a billionaire, paid for the hamberders one hour https://t.co/uGvUk2dHuT— jon "jonathan" rosenberg 🤓🌿 (@jonrosenberg) January 15, 2019
David Covucci is the Layer 8 editor at the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the web. His work has appeared in Vice, the Huffington Post, Jezebel, Gothamist, and other publications. He is particularly interested in hearing any tips you have. Reach out at [email protected]