In advance of his signing the recently passed Farm Bill on Thursday, President Donald Trump tweeted out a bizarre #ThrowbackThursday video of himself dressed as a farmer performing the Green Acres theme song with actress Megan Mullally.
Farm Bill signing in 15 minutes! #Emmys #TBT https://t.co/KtSS17xvIn— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1545336875.0
Backstory: When Ellen Degeneres hosted the Emmy Awards in 2005, she created "Emmy Idol," which featured pairs of celebrities performing musical acts. At the time, Trump starred on The Apprentice and Mullally was on Will & Grace. Their duo won Degeneres's competition.
It wasn't long before a mortified Mullally responded to the tweet.
omg— Megan Mullally (@Megan Mullally) 1545339040.0
if you guys need me, i’ll be in a hole in the ground 😵💀👋🏽— Megan Mullally (@Megan Mullally) 1545339226.0
It sounds like she'll be going into Anastasia Beaverhausen mode for a while.
So, what do the Emmys have to do with the Farm Bill?
In short: Trump dressed up as a farmer at an Emmy Awards show once (one of which he did not win) and since today is Thursday, the president made it his throwback so he could toot his own horn.
"That was from the Emmy's. I sang Green Acres and received a very nice award that night," Trump said before signing the Farm Bill.
"That was from the Emmy's. I sang 'Green Acres' and received a very nice award that night," President Trump says be… https://t.co/6m7yejZOyt— ABC News Politics (@ABC News Politics) 1545338650.0
Trump has never won an Emmy.
@realDonaldTrump Just reminding you that you never won an Emmy.— Rage Donkey™️ (@Rage Donkey™️) 1545336984.0
Some people thought this was a parody account. Nope, that's our president.
What in the actual fuck is going on here https://t.co/CgA5ujVEeC— Angry Staffer (@Angry Staffer) 1545337256.0
@JulieBehre I got nothing. Including scotch. Which I desperately need after this video.— Angry Staffer (@Angry Staffer) 1545337677.0
@realDonaldTrump I thought this was a paraody account.— Guy who writes (@Guy who writes) 1545337694.0
@realDonaldTrump @POTUS I just stopped by to see if this was real..— Kim (@Kim) 1545338252.0
Lots of things today have surprised me. But I never thought this morning that I was going to watch a video of Donal… https://t.co/wkVxJTwqYO— Ginger Gibson (@Ginger Gibson) 1545337172.0
@realDonaldTrump Oh, I get it now. You are planning on going for the insanity plea. This might just work #Individual1!— Jasmine 🇺🇸 (@Jasmine 🇺🇸) 1545337796.0
Others were bothered by Trump joking about farmers while American agriculture struggles because of the president's trade wars.
Trump parodying farmers is not the best way to endear himself.
The president is facing a government shutdown. He’s tweeting about his old Emmy appearance spoofing farmers in the… https://t.co/DgXYl7FeKA— Maggie Haberman (@Maggie Haberman) 1545338640.0
@realDonaldTrump Farmers really love their hard work being mocked.— Cheeto Patrol (@Cheeto Patrol) 1545338822.0
@realDonaldTrump Farm bankruptcies in upper Midwest have doubled during Trump's tenure. Apparently, he thinks that… https://t.co/liAKzLfLiA— Blowing My Whistle Since 2016 (@Blowing My Whistle Since 2016) 1545338093.0
@realDonaldTrump LOL never saw this before 🤣😂 Our President looking out for American farmers! Excellent!!— Michael Is Forever (@Michael Is Forever) 1545337903.0
Green Acres was funny, and this sketch was funny when it aired, even more so because Trump wasn’t in on the joke. B… https://t.co/6koTh1iNNk— @DukeStJournal (@@DukeStJournal) 1545338801.0
Then there are those who feel like the end is nigh.
If you checked out from Twitter Tuesday night for holiday shopping, since then: *Trump pulling troops from Syria *T… https://t.co/S4AuMLhkin— Amy Siskind 🏳️🌈 (@Amy Siskind 🏳️🌈) 1545338025.0
@realDonaldTrump It’s a sign of the apocalypse.— Tits McDick (@Tits McDick) 1545338018.0
@realDonaldTrump Trump is like Nero playing a fiddle while Rome burned!! The stock market is crashing, economy on… https://t.co/o62aPS47AT— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@(((DeanObeidallah)))) 1545337880.0
@realDonaldTrump Nero played a fiddle while Rome burned. Trump gives us bad comedy as America is crashing— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@(((DeanObeidallah)))) 1545338824.0
This timeline is relentless.