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The reporter who got scooped by Donald Trump Jr. is already a meme

He got scooped, and the internet loved his response

Jul 12, 2017, 6:43 pm*

Internet Culture

Tiffany Kelly 

Tiffany Kelly

On Tuesday, “high-quality person” Donald Trump Jr. released a chain of emails via Twitter after the New York Times informed him that they had obtained them and were going to publish them. The emails, of course, showed that Don Junior agreed to a meeting last summer with a Russian lawyer, who promised hot dirt on his father’s opponent, Hillary Clinton. “If it’s what you say I love it,” he wrote in one of the emails.

It was a field day for the media; they couldn’t get enough of this story. But not every reporter was entirely happy with the Trump email dump. Jared Yates Sexton, a freelance journalist, started reporting on this story a whole year ago. His despondent tweets in response to how Don Junior released vital information to his story, unceremoniously on Twitter, went viral:

Yes, a lot of people felt genuinely bad for this reporter. Any reporter who willingly embarks on a deep investigation related to the Trump family deserves some sort of prize. But the phrase “I…worked on this story for a year…and…he just…he tweeted it out” was made to become a meme. It’s applicable to so many situations! On Wednesday, it took off. And people are using it primarily as a way to call out someone else’s most embarrassing tweets.

he just tweeted it out

 

he just tweeted it out

he just tweeted it out

 

he just tweeted it out

he just tweeted it out

 

The meme works perfectly with old, strange tweets from celebrities:

he just tweeted it out

he just tweeted it out

 

he just tweeted it out

he just tweeted it out

Especially old Kardashian’s tweets:

he just tweeted it out

 

he just tweeted it out

Or tweets from everyone’s favorite White House Press Secretary:

he just tweeted it out

Or dril tweets:

he just tweeted it out

This William Carlos Williams remix wins points for creativity.

he just tweeted it out

We don’t know how long this meme will last, but right now, we love it.

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*First Published: Jul 12, 2017, 6:20 pm