If you’re down to the wire on a reading assignment for an English class, Clif’s Notes, SparkNotes, and others will all be there for you in a pinch. But whatever you do, don’t rely on Trump Notes.
As Donald Trump stumbled through his answers to foreign policy questions in last night’s third and final presidential debate, one Twitter user noticed that it sounded an awful lot like a student who maybe, you know, skimmed the source materials.
Trump's foreign policy answers sound like a book report from a teenager who hasn't read the book. "Oh, the grapes! They had so much wrath!"
— Antonio French (@AntonioFrench) October 20, 2016
Twitter immediately latched on to the concept of Trump book reports—the man is fluent in 140-character rants, after all—and followed the formula of a Trump catchphrase (bigly!) or tweet to misconstrue or otherwise bastardize a familiar plot. The most successful tweets recognized and capitalized on relevant topics and controversies as well, from election rigging to the wall. All your high school classics were quickly accounted for:
To Kill a Mockingbird:
— Ken (@TCBullfrog) October 20, 2016
Of Mice and Men:
Too many mice, not enough men. I'll change that, believe me. #trumpbookreport
— John Ross Bowie (@JohnRossBowie) October 20, 2016
The Scarlet Letter:
#trumpbookreport I wouldn't give Scarlet an A,maybe a C at best.I like a D…cup.she'd want me,I'm a star.but I could do better,believe me.
— Maggie Grace (@MaggieGrace) October 20, 2016
The Great Gatsby:
Gatsby? He says he was great. I don't know. People are saying maybe not so great. I'll make Gatsby great again. #trumpbookreport
— Brian Francis (@briandfrancis) October 20, 2016
A Tale of Two Cities:
"It was the worse of times, it was the worst of times." #TrumpBookReport
— John Noonan (@noonanjo) October 20, 2016
Realizing perhaps they’d overshot the Republican nominee’s preferred reading level with classic literature, many users trotted out reports for children’s stories like Harry Potter, The Chronicles of Narnia, Where’s Waldo?, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (which, you know, he probably just watched the movie of instead).
There was a Lion, okay? King of the Jungle. And the Witch? Lemme tell you, nasty. And the Wardrobe, so luxurious. The best. #trumpbookreport
— Richard Winters (@_RichWinters) October 20, 2016
I've never had a problem finding Waldo, Never. Ask anyone. I always find Waldo. #TrumpBookReport
— BillOnFryer (@BillOnFryer) October 20, 2016
You know if Charlie had just worked harder he could have bought his own chocolate factory! Lazy! #trumpbookreport
— Aja Romano (@ajaromano) October 20, 2016
A few even took the joke one step further:
You know it
I know it
Everybody knows it
Ask anyone in ________
Believe me #TrumpBookReport
— nick lindquist (@nick_lindquist) October 20, 2016
And if you’re wondering what Hillary Clinton’s reports would look like?
H/T Huffington Post