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An old tweet about ‘favorite travel memories’ from Trump Hotels draws fresh mockery
‘Tell us your favorite travel memory.’
Take a look at what’s happening over at the Trump Hotels official Twitter account. It’s nothing new for people to fish up years-old tweets from people and institutions freshly relevant in the news—White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer got a dose of that treatment when social media users discovered his peculiar, disparaging obsession with Dippin’ Dots.
That’s what seems to be happening now with a 5-year-old tweet from @TrumpHotels, authored long before literally anyone (with the exception of Adam Carolla, perhaps) had any idea that Trump would eventually ascend to the White House. Dated Oct. 11, 2011, it asks a simple question.
Tell us your favorite travel memory – was it a picture, a souvenir, a sunset? We’d love to hear it!
— Trump Hotels (@TrumpHotels) October 11, 2011
And beginning Saturday, surely spurred by the massive outcry over the executive order banning Syrian refugees and temporarily barring incoming travel from six other majority-Muslim nations, the replies began to flow in. What’s your favorite travel memory, Trump Hotels asks? Plenty of people had answers.
@TrumpHotels Traveling here with my family to start a life in a country that actually respected the Constitution and American dream.
— Josh Sánchez (@jnsanchez) January 29, 2017
Suffice to say, some social media manager somewhere is probably sifting through the wreckage right now. It’s no surprise that so many of the replies have centered around the immigrant experience, whether firsthand or by way of parents and grandparents—this one, from Racked editor-at-large Aminatou Sow made the point particularly powerfully.
Obviously, nobody running a social media account for a hotel chain can see the future. But it’s safe to say that if we’d cracked time travel yet, this one would’ve been undone well before the words “Trump” and “president” were ever in the same sentence.
Chris Tognotti is a frequent contributor for the Daily Dot. He’s a news and current events writer based out of Berkeley, California, and a co-host of the podcast Now We Know. While he specializes in domestic politics and opinion writing, he’s also savvy on sports, video games, and film.