When one tweets as often as the president of the United States, it's fair odds that there will be some contradictions. But when it comes to Donald Trump, there really is a tweet for everything. When Donald Trump makes a statement--be it about anything from Bob Woodward to the electoral college to anonymous sources--chances are, one of his past tweets says the opposite. Today is no different.
As Trump began his remarks at the United Nations General Summit, he boasted--as he often does--that his presidency has been more successful in its first two years than any president's in history.
And the crowd went wild...with laughter.
World leaders laughed at @realDonaldTrump during his boastful speech at the UN https://t.co/jlNsxUR4OR— Richard HP (@Richard HP)1537888800.0
To add insult to injury, one of the most vocal critics of Donald Trump's performance today would likely be Donald Trump in 2014.
We need a President who isn't a laughing stock to the entire World. We need a truly great leader, a genius at strategy and winning. Respect!— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1407569450.0
This made Twitter users laugh even harder.
@realDonaldTrump So much for that.— Frank Figliuzzi (@Frank Figliuzzi)1537892545.0
@realDonaldTrump https://t.co/cR2Shuwhye— presidents are NOT kings! (@presidents are NOT kings!)1537891113.0
THERE IS A TWEET FOR EVERYTHING. 😂 #LaughingStock https://t.co/WRDDcY3C3z— SK ⚡️ (@SK ⚡️)1537905285.0
@realDonaldTrump UN says otherwise https://t.co/3Q2ruA5f9S— ⚜️⚜️ 🎶 TURKEY, CHICKEN, TURKEY, CHICKEN🎶⚜️⚜️ (@⚜️⚜️ 🎶 TURKEY, CHICKEN, TURKEY, CHICKEN🎶⚜️⚜️)1537893294.0
And the president was undoubtedly irked when Americans compared him to his arch-rival former President Barack Obama, to whom the tweet originally referred.
When @BarackObama spoke on the world stage he was respected, admired and trusted. When @realDonaldTrump speaks on t… https://t.co/vjEnYadrT1— Ryan Knight 🏳️🌈🗽 (@Ryan Knight 🏳️🌈🗽)1537896336.0
@realDonaldTrump You almost got it right. You're the laughing stock of the world & President @BarackObama is highly respected.— 💧Irma Gherd (Retired Nurse Thug) (@💧Irma Gherd (Retired Nurse Thug))1407569886.0
@realDonaldTrump wouldn’t it be great if we had that? We did have it with Obama… oh well…— Martina Navratilova (@Martina Navratilova)1537895486.0
But for some, concern outweighed comedy by far.
The idea of world leaders laughing at a United States president wasn't exactly hilarious.
Watch @realDonaldTrump get laughed at by world leaders at the #UNGA after saying his administration has accomplishe… https://t.co/yERpikvUyX— Scott Dworkin (@Scott Dworkin)1537893025.0
It’s the emperor’s new clothes. The world sees it. Unfortunately, 35% of our own country still doesn’t see he’s w… https://t.co/jXR7vQvZ10— The Keeper (@The Keeper)1537891010.0
Had to turn off UN General Assembly address. Too embarrassing to watch the squinty eyed fucking moron try to look i… https://t.co/IcClGdoHB2— Higgs Boson (@Higgs Boson)1537889966.0
When the assembly members began to laugh, Trump remarked:
Didn't expect that reaction, but that's okay.
While Trump probably didn't expect the reaction, the collection of diplomats likely expected the talking points of his speech.
He emphasized American sovereignty and disparaged the effort for globalism.
“America is governed by Americans. We reject the ideology of globalism and we embrace the doctrine of patriotism.”
The president appeared to praise nationalism while addressing a milestone network aimed at diplomacy and collaboration between a vast array of countries. The line stood out on Twitter nearly as much as the laughter from diplomats.
So today we had Donald Trump explicitly reject globalism in favour of narrow-minded nationalism. And we had the Lab… https://t.co/xdB5fhYqFy— Tristan Gemmill (@Tristan Gemmill)1537900093.0
Unbelievable to see Donald Trump tell the United Nations that multilateralism & globalism are dead and the new doct… https://t.co/nTsTgE1f3u— David K Smith (@David K Smith)1537899742.0
Mr. @realDonaldTrump "We reject the ideology of globalism, and we embrace the doctrine of patriotism." You don’t kn… https://t.co/eaiYIhIzvM— José Andrés (@José Andrés)1537899541.0
@NBCPolitics It was sad to watch @realDonaldTrump move America from an international leader to an isolated selfish… https://t.co/nXkbtyR4J5— DeepBlueView (@DeepBlueView)1537888773.0
Did @realDonaldTrump just say to the world that he adopts ultra-nationalism/fascism. "We reject the ideology of gl… https://t.co/NfxCkfkuR6— Jumaane Williams (@Jumaane Williams)1537887986.0
Donald Trump may have had hundreds of diplomats and ambassadors in stitches, but for many of the American people, he's brought the country to tatters.