The historic Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris became engulfed in flames Monday evening as the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics begin celebrating Easter week.
Construction began in 1163 and took almost two centuries to complete. Nearly 900 years of history crumbled before the world’s eyes in mere seconds. Twelve million tourists visit the medieval church every year.
So when President Donald Trump felt the need to chime in, tweeting that firefighters should employ “flying water tankers” to quench the blaze, Twitter was having none of it.
So horrible to watch the massive fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Perhaps flying water tankers could be used to put it out. Must act quickly!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 15, 2019
The internet responded: STFU.
— Jeffrey Guterman (@JeffreyGuterman) April 15, 2019
It's 700 years old, but hitting it with thousands of gallons of water from the sky shouldn't cause too much damage.
— Mike Pawlowski (@mpawlowski) April 15, 2019
What the fuck is wrong with you?
— Pé Resists (@4everNeverTrump) April 15, 2019
Wow. A backseat fireman. How lovely.
— Shugar (@GregShugar) April 15, 2019
"must act quickly," what awesome advice! oh my god, it's a good thing you mentioned that because otherwise the fireman would have lollygagged their way to the fire while smoking cigarettes and carrying baguettes in a little net tote as French firemen usually do. GOOD THINKING SIR
— Jeff Tiedrich (@itsJeffTiedrich) April 15, 2019
The Paris Fire Department is certainly not checking your feed for advice.
— Tommy Campbell (@MrTommyCampbell) April 15, 2019
Flying water tankers? Are you high?
— AltMountRainier 🇺🇸 (@AltMtRainier) April 15, 2019
Trump demonstrated his fire expertise last fall when he suggested that a lack of raking causes forest fires.