In the same era that it has become so controversial to support the President of the United States that college students face potential disciplinary action simply for expressing said support, regularly hoping or even calling for the death of the same sitting president have gotten all too common.
When President Donald Trump announced on Twitter on Saturday evening that his brother and “best friend, Robert Trump had passed away at the age of 71, it was clearly too much to hope for that the left would simply leave this touching personal loss alone.
“It is with heavy heart I share that my wonderful brother, Robert, peacefully passed away tonight,” President Trump wrote in a statement. “He was not just my brother, he was my best friend. He will be greatly missed, but we will meet again. His memory will live on in my heart forever. Robert, I love you. Rest in peace.”
— Kayleigh McEnany (@PressSec) August 16, 2020
No matter how you feel about Trump, it seems as though there’s plenty one could choose to criticize about him without resorting to wishing for his death just after his brother has died.
Not in 2020.
The hashtag #WrongTrump began trending on Twitter as progressives lamented that it was Robert, and not Donald, who had passed away.
To their credit (or that of their campaign), presumed Democratic Party presidential nominee Joe Biden and his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) expressed condolences.
Doug and I join the Biden family in sending our deepest condolences and prayers to the entire Trump family during this difficult time. Losing a loved one is never easy but know that we are thinking of you. https://t.co/j9cVKi8b5A
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) August 16, 2020
Those who will be pulling the lever for the Biden-Harris ticket, on the other hand, were not so kind.
Dear Grim Reaper,
You took the #wrongtrump.
— Bishop Talbert Swan (@TalbertSwan) August 16, 2020
To be honest, the first thing I do every morning and the last thing I do every night is check if Trump has been arrested, infected or died.
Anyone with me? #wrongtrump
— Andrea Junker (@Strandjunker) August 16, 2020
— David Leavitt (@David_Leavitt) August 16, 2020
The Grim reaper took the #wrongtrump “it is what it is” 🤷🏻♀️
— improperbostonian (@Eli_Tobin) August 16, 2020
— Pauley Teeks (@PauleyTeeks) August 16, 2020
Insert the obligatory “can you even imagine if the shoe was on the other foot?” observation here.
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