Trump shares a real pee tape, cites quotes from Emerson about killing a king in busy tweet spell

(Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian)

President Donald Trump seemed to find a way to get under his critics’ skin again without even saying a word.

Tweets shared by the president on Saturday sparked a wave of backlash for his “inappropriate” sense of humor as well as setting off the phrase “you are not a king” trending on social media.

Trump shared a video with his 72.5 million Twitter followers that had already made the rounds a few years ago, retweeting Paul Samuel who is quite clearly not a fan of the president’s judging from his social media feed.

The two-minute video clip, which went viral in 2015, showed a Georgetown, Texas, council meeting in 2015 that was interrupted by the sound of Mayor Dale Ross’s trip to the restroom. Councilmember Rachael Jonrowe fought back giggles as she attempted to speak about a report on infectious disease while the mayor, who forgot to switch off his wireless microphone, had gone to relieve himself.

Trump retweeted Samuel’s post and got mixed reactions, with his critics predictably bashing him.

Others found humor in the president’s very human response.

But Trump was behind another social media moment Saturday as he shared a few lines from a New York Times article quoting Ralph Waldo Emerson.

“Ralph Waldo Emerson seemed to foresee the lesson of the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump. ‘When you strike at a king,’ Emerson famously said, ‘you must kill him,’” the Times’s chief White House correspondent, Peter Baker wrote in his piece entitled, While Stained in History, Trump Will Emerge From Trial Triumphant and Unshackled.”

“Mr. Trump’s foes struck at him but did not take him down,” Baker wrote and Trump tweeted, adding “The Greatest Witch Hunt In American History!”

“Now Mr. Trump, who has said that the Constitution ‘allows me to do whatever I want’ and pushed so many boundaries that curtailed past presidents, has little reason to fear the legislative branch nor any inclination to reach out in conciliation,” Baker added in his piece.

Trump’s tweet set the phrase “you are not a king” to began trending in the United States, with more than 38,000 tweets at the tine of this writing.

Daughter of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Christine Pelosi, shared another quote by Emerson: “For every minute you are angry you lose 60 seconds of happiness.”

A few Twitter users scrutinized Trump’s tweet and noted the Emerson quote was apparently changed from “when you strike at a king” to read “when you strike the King” in the president’s post.

Others, however, pointed out that the president’s critics, as usual, get it wrong.


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