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In Donald Trump‘s 2017, we’ve long past left the surreal behind, and now are trapped in some Dadaist dream sequence, where both life and art exist on a Mobius strip of influence, with no one sure who is imitating what anymore, or whether it even matters.
Case in point: Donald Trump’s orb incident yesterday.
When the president placed his hands on a glowing sphere in Saudi Arabia, no one was sure if this was business as usual, or if the world had entered some sort of Captain America-Twin Peaks crossover episode. It’s something no one could have seen coming, and yet, one person did predict it a week ago.
TRUMP: the pulsing orb is fantastic. my brain hums as i stroke its oily black surface, my enemies will die in rivers of blood. terrific orb!— mustard (@nice_mustard) May 12, 2017
That was tweeted over a week before the orb incident.
@Nice_mustard was bemused as hell this weekend.
how tf did this end up becoming relevant to actual events— mustard (@nice_mustard) May 21, 2017
How indeed? Twitter was perhaps even more uncomfortable about it.
this is fucking me up man— Miles Klevefe (@MilesKlee) May 22, 2017
@nice_mustard mustard what the fuck— Albro (@bromanconsul) May 22, 2017
@nice_mustard how— lїl (@LilPurpleKitty) May 22, 2017
@nice_mustard how did you— lїl (@LilPurpleKitty) May 22, 2017
@nice_mustard what's happening to our country— lїl (@LilPurpleKitty) May 22, 2017
Perhaps mustard put it best.
@bromanconsul it's been a weird day— mustard (@nice_mustard) May 22, 2017
In a long line of them.
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]