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:
I…worked on this story for a year…and…he just…he tweeted it out.— Jared Yates Sexton (@JYSexton) July 11, 2017
Like, so many people out there were trying to track this down. And it just…got delivered on a tweet. What the hell.— Jared Yates Sexton (@JYSexton) July 11, 2017
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.
The meme works perfectly with old, strange tweets from celebrities:
Especially old Kardashian’s tweets:
Or tweets from everyone’s favorite White House Press Secretary:
Or dril tweets:
This William Carlos Williams remix wins points for creativity.
We don’t know how long this meme will last, but right now, we love it.