Progressive firebrand Antonio French wrote one tremendously viral tweet, that spawned a twitter-wide joke at Donald Trump’s expense after the Republican nominee bombed every substantive question at last night’s third and final presidential debate. French is an Alderman in St. Louis, who rose to national prominence after the Ferguson protests, was a faithful Bernie Sanders supporter and currently running for Mayor. Here’s how French touched off the #TrumpBookReports firestorm:
Trump's foreign policy answers sound like a book report from a teenager who hasn't read the book. "Oh, the grapes! They had so much wrath!"
— Antonio French (@AntonioFrench) October 20, 2016
Ironically, Trump’s more subdued style gave viewers the space to notice precisely what Antonio French noticed; the Republican doesn’t grasp substance whatsoever, hence his constant verbal gymnastics. Now the candidate who has lived by the tweet (often at 3am), is dying by the tweet storm in the very most public way, and the LOLs are flowing fast.
Here’s a sampling of the best ones:
I did not finish "Pride and Prejudice" because the title made me think it was about me, but it lied. #TrumpBookReport
— Mrs. Betty Bowers (@BettyBowers) October 20, 2016
— Melanated Soul (@RealMotha4Ya) October 20, 2016
"Juliet. Such a nasty woman. She made Romeo kill himself. And believe me he could have done better. Look at her." #TrumpBookReport
— Catherine Q. (@CatherineQ) October 20, 2016
"When District 12 sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They're sending Katniss Everdeen. What a nasty woman."#TrumpBookReport
— Jen (@Pop_Reader) October 20, 2016
A great many twitter users mocked Trump’s fantasies about walls and rants about open borders, which Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton zinged at last night’s debate when she said the Republican “choked” after his failed visit to Mexico’s President, which spawned an international twitter beef.
All I'm saying is, one would not have flown over my cuckoo's nest, okay? Because I'd build a wall. A tremendous wall. #TrumpBookReport
— Angela Cobb (@angelacobb) October 20, 2016
The Book of Genesis: God creates bad hombre and nasty woman. They misbehave and get deported. God builds a wall.
— Eduardo Gonzalez (@elfjcgc) October 20, 2016
"I'm gonna build a wall around the Inferno & make Dante pay for it!"#TrumpBookReport
— Eric Wolfson (@EricWolfson) October 20, 2016
They say "Winter is Coming" but it never does! Just a sad lib attempt to sell climate change. That Wall tho, it's good! #TrumpBookReport
— The Manu who Sold the World (@ManuclearBomb) October 20, 2016
No topic was spared. Some twitter users shouted out stories where Trump looks like he’s holding a book report, others stuck with the classics.
To Kill a Mockingbird? Nobody kills Mockingbirds better than me. I will kill the families of Mockingbirds. Believe me. #TrumpBookReport
— Liam van der Spek (@SpekOfTheDevil) October 20, 2016
— Callie Bush (@calliembush) October 20, 2016
— Steve McPherson (@steventurous) October 20, 2016
Pinocchio? He's no puppet. No puppet. You're the puppet! #TrumpBookReport
— White Rabbit Object (@audiewhitaker) October 20, 2016
— Scott Dworkin (@funder) October 20, 2016
From the classics to the only smash hit novel written entirely on a Blackberry, nothing was spared.
Gatsby? He says he was great. I don't know. People are saying maybe not so great. I'll make Gatsby great again. #trumpbookreport
— Brian Francis (@briandfrancis) October 20, 2016
50 Shades of Grey? Boring! Grey's a weak color. Very weak. Lightweight. Gold's better. I have a lot of gold. I'm very rich. #TrumpBookReport
— Laura Tisdall (@LauraTisdall) October 20, 2016
Donald Trump has relied on his massive Twitter following to broadcast messages directly to his faithful followers, but the size of his audience is dwarfed by the epic size of the twitterverse and the twitterverse has clearly turned against the Republican nominee after last night’s final debate.
Grant Stern is an Editor-At-Large for OccupyDemocrats and published author. His new Meet the Candidates 2020 book series is distributed by Simon and Schuster. He's also mortgage broker, community activist and radio personality in Miami, Florida., as well as the producer of the Dworkin Report podcast. Grant is also an occasional contributor to Raw Story, Alternet, and the DC Report, and a senior advisor to the Democratic Coalition