Trolling Trump 101

Little 'No Puppet' Donnie. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty

Poor little "No Puppet - You're the Puppet" Donnie. It seems the whole 80 minutes he was babbling earlier this week to a conference of eager young conservatives for Turning Point USA, Trump was standing before a bogus, virtuoso, downright heroic presidential seal, a thing of beauty to all who beheld it. The new fake seal swapped out our timeless bald eagle for the double-headed eagle from Russia’s national emblem. Instead of the traditional olive branch and arrows, the eagle clutched a set of golf clubs and a wad of cash. Its shield featured not stars but adorable, teeny hammers and sickles. And its patriotic Latin motto of "E pluribus unum" was replaced with "45 es un títere" - Spanish for "45 is a puppet."

Neither the ostensible leader of the free world nor any of the moronic members of his team noticed the wild discrepancies. But America did: #45isapuppet was trending on Twitter, and while the incompetent idiot/masterly troll behind the fiasco was reportedly fired, a weary country had a new hero. So did the original creator of the image, graphic designer and former Republican Charles Leazott, who in 2016 made the design, started sharing it with friends, and eventually posted it with "Resist" t-shirts and "Make America Sane Again" hats on an online store named "One Term Donnie." The parody seal, he says, "is the most petty piece of art I've ever created...It was a joke, an emotional release." To see "the president of the United States, who I despise" speak in front of it, he says, "just cracked me up." These days, it's the little things in life.


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