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A photo circulated Tuesday of President Donald Trump sipping Diet Coke from a wine glass at the United Nations General Assembly. It was just hours after world leaders literally laughed at him for bragging about his administration, and some people’s first instinct was to mock him for the drink, too.
And why not? As Mashable pointed out, Trump himself once tweeted that he’s “never seen a thin person drink Diet Coke.” He’s also said drinking the soda is “inverse to reason.” Yet Trump still reportedly drinks 12 Diet Cokes per day.
President Trump sips Diet Coke from his wine glass after a toast. (Photo: Carlos Barria/Reuters) pic.twitter.com/xZRRw0xKZa— Colin Campbell (@colincampbell) September 25, 2018
i'm down to shame Trump for this only because he's talked MAD shit about diet coke before. his blood is carbonated with the bubbles of hypocrisy https://t.co/8yac22NOCH— y tho (@YR195) September 25, 2018
But as the photo picked up viral steam, many on Twitter made this salient point: Plenty of people abstain from alcohol for good reason, so there’s no need to give him grief over his alternative choice.
I’ve seen some Trump critics mock this today. Don’t. People drink, some don’t. They all have their reasons. https://t.co/zya5Ei2cB1— ryan teague beckwith (@ryanbeckwith) September 25, 2018
I don’t like Donald Trump at all...but I have done this and am not ashamed at all.— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) September 25, 2018
He has reasons for not drinking alcohol and so do I...and there is no shame in that https://t.co/GwB3DbOns2
Good for him. He has powerful family reasons for abstaining. I don't drink either. https://t.co/OuMqCE6FZs— Dave Hogg (@stareagle) September 25, 2018
No shame. Not everyone drinks. https://t.co/ot5BwIS2vS— Michael Levinson (@mdlevinson) September 25, 2018
Who cares if it’s not the proper glassware? Some people even found Trump’s gulping Diet Coke while everyone else is drinking alcohol almost makes him … relatable.
The only thing we have in common.— rabia O'chaudry (@rabiasquared) September 25, 2018
Ok this, and our %$#%# birthday. https://t.co/l5DHROxoJ1
EVERGREEN MOOD https://t.co/mtjUen7u0L— Ivy Wysong (@_BeTheOverflow) September 25, 2018
Plus, aren’t we actually glad he’s not drinking? His tweet storms are incoherent enough as it is.
Definitely NO reason to mock Trump for sipping Diet Coke while others are drinking wine.— Dotard in Chief (@DotardIn) September 25, 2018
He already acts like he’s drunk- and a mean, incoherent drunk at that. I could not imagine how much more mayhem the world could take if he drank anything ever. https://t.co/oTUQcRAgTF
And anyway, there are plenty of other things to laugh at him about.
People are saying not to mock this because many have good reasons for not drinking. Fair. But can we mock that tiny little baby hand that still looks infantile on the smallest wineglass I’ve ever seen? https://t.co/amjAphs5Za— Her Likability Problem (@ElectSanePeople) September 25, 2018
Kris Seavers is the IRL editor for the Daily Dot. Her work has appeared in Central Texas publications, including Austin Monthly and San Antonio Magazine, and on NPR.