The sky is falling for the Trump administration and apparently now so is the ceiling. Earlier today, White House reporters were shocked when a mouse dropped down into the press booth from above. NBC’s Peter Alexander reports that the little vermin literally landed in his lap.
In other news: A mouse literally fell out of the ceiling in our White House booth and landed on my lap.
— Peter Alexander (@PeterAlexander) October 1, 2019
The assembled reporters quickly banded together to find the creature, but appear to have had little success. Even so, they were clearly having a grand time on their impromptu mouse hunt, affording them some much-needed levity and a distraction from the at times crushing grimness of covering the Trump administration. The smiles and laughter were downright infectious.
— Elyse PG (@elysepg) October 1, 2019
Mouse hunt in the White House press room pic.twitter.com/hRyZTR0kpn
— Steve Holland (@steveholland1) October 1, 2019
— Shannon Pettypiece (@spettypi) October 1, 2019
This is, of course, an incredibly light-hearted news story, but it also managed to bring some long-simmering anger at President Trump bubbling back to the surface.
Some critics were quick to point out the irony of mice in the White House when Trump is on record smearing the entire city of Baltimore as “rat and rodent infested mess.” Rodent infestations actually seem to be a recurring problem for Donald Trump. His Trump Tower Grille was previously cited as having a “live mice” problem.
With these facts in mind, it’s hardly surprising that the mouse story led to a massive outpouring of mockery aimed at the administration. Some offered nicknames for the creature while others drew the obvious connection between mice and rats, the latter of which have metaphorically infested this administration, as evinced by the constant leaking.
As far as symbolic news stories go, this one is incredibly on the nose, which is precisely why it is so delightful.
I hope you named him “Rudy.”
— Eric Haywood (@EricHaywood) October 1, 2019
Too small to be @sebgorka
— Mendocino Bill (@BillMendocino) October 1, 2019
Sadly, that mouse is more qualified to lead this country than the treasonous tangerine
— Rbrenooch (@Rbrenooch) October 1, 2019
— Valerie Jarrett (@ValerieJarrett) October 1, 2019
— Kelley Dockrey (@DockreyKelley) October 1, 2019
We're going to have to completely gut the place when we're through with him. The stench and foreign spyware he's brought to Penn Ave must go.
— Emoluments Clause (@corybantic) October 1, 2019
The rats are jumping ship
— JPRD22 (@jprd22) October 1, 2019
If you want to find a big rat check out the Oval Office. I hear a rare, large orange rat watches TV in there.
— EB Guy (@VinMerchant) October 1, 2019
Um, that was actually the @PressSec. You didn't recognize her, because it was the first time she walked into the briefing room.
— RJ Gadz (@RalfusJ) October 1, 2019
So, Steve Bannon is back.
— me (@GlenBrown15) October 1, 2019