12 times Donald Trump became a meme in his first year as president
Prepare to giggle.
It’s been a year since Donald Trump was inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States in Washington DC.
His first year in office has been eventful, with pushes to remove the American Healthcare Act and a clampdown on immigration.
His actions on Twitter and in the real world have sparked hundreds of memes. Here are some of the best:
1. Trump draws anything
The 45th President of the United States has a habit of holding up executive orders after signing them to show his signature.
This provided ample opportunity for meme-makers to place whatever they wanted on the pages, with hilarious and often unflattering results.
This meme even has a whole Instagram account dedicated to it, with more than 8,000 followers.
2. Solar eclipse
When a full solar eclipse in August 2017 swept across 12 states in just over an hour-and-a-half, people couldn’t wait to see their president experience the joy of this natural phenomena.
For those who enjoy poking fun at world leaders, Trump provided plenty of material by looking up at the sun without any eye protection on.
Scientists: Don't look straight at sun during eclipse.— Dan Worthington (@danWorthington) August 21, 2017
Trump: Hold my glasses. pic.twitter.com/3MySTJYq4d
3. Thirsty memes
Making yourself into a plethora of memes is thirsty work, and doesn’t Trump know it.
After numerous occasions with Trump drinking water in an odd fashion, the internet began to pick up on it.
Trump drinks his water like a new vampire eats a small animal. pic.twitter.com/DfWktYzmY9— crudedoodle (@crudedoodle) December 19, 2017
Why does Trump look like a raccoon grabbing food when he drinks water? pic.twitter.com/Hf4wMe1V46— Drake LaRoche (@pro_TEG_y) December 18, 2017
4. Gorilla TV
This meme doesn’t come directly from Trump’s actions, but from a story which circulated about what TV he likes to watch in the White House.
Wow, this extract from Wolff’s book is a shocking insight into Trump’s mind: pic.twitter.com/1ZecclggSa— pixelated boat [ASMR] binaural ~4 hours~ (@pixelatedboat) January 5, 2018
The original tweet apparently showed a page from the Fire And Fury book on Trump and the White House, released this month – but was, of course, a parody.
Or was it?
There absolutely IS a Gorilla Channel, or how else would Koko have seen Dad’s movies?— Zelda Williams (@zeldawilliams) January 5, 2018
WAKE UP SHEEPLE! pic.twitter.com/tB9uRxjkRS
Brands enjoyed this one, including Animal Planet and Netflix.
please stop calling our customer service hotline to ask if we have The Gorilla Channel— Netflix US (@netflix) January 6, 2018
What makes for a Gorilla Channel? A lot of eating, sleeping, and, of course, playtime! pic.twitter.com/cnXOSSY07z— AnimalPlanet (@AnimalPlanet) January 5, 2018
5. The “Girther” movement
This week, Trump underwent a medical check-up performed by Dr Ronny Jackson. The doc declared the 71-year-old to be 6ft 3ins (1.9m) tall and weigh 239 pounds (108kg).
Has anyone coined "girther" for those who belive the president weighs more than his doctor reports?— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) January 16, 2018
Some felt this may not have been entirely accurate, hence the birth of the “girther” movement.
When Dr. Ronny Jackson said that Trump was only 239 lbs pic.twitter.com/v5TNXw3b3d— Tara A N G E L 🗝☮⚛ (@TaraAngel94) January 16, 2018
Dr. Ronny Jackson said that Trump was only 239 lbs lmfao pic.twitter.com/NWHt0kYEpQ— Ana Juneja 🍒 (@anajuneja) January 16, 2018
6. The wall
Trump’s campaign promise to build a wall between the US and Mexico gave rise to an adaptation of an existing meme to include Trump.
7. Puppy ear
Jade Robinson, from Tyne and Wear, needed a picture of her poorly beagle’s ear to show the vet. Once she took the photo, however, she discovered something surprising.
8. Nothing but respect for my president
Following repeated attempts to destroy or sully Trump’s star on Hollywood Boulevard, one Twitter user posted about her clean-up operation.
She received thousands of tweets containing praise for her actions, but she also inspired a meme still in use today.
YA'LL I JUST WATCHED OPRAH'S SPEECH AND IM NOT EVEN KIDDING WHEN I SAY THAT I AM CRYING SO HARD RIGHT NOW THAT I COULD BARELY SEE THROUGH MY TEARS TO TYPE THIS TWEET NOTHING BUT THE UTMOST RESPECT FOR MY PRESIDENT pic.twitter.com/e3ZX3OPk1E— kyra (@qrandbudapest) January 8, 2018
9. Paper towels
When Trump travelled to Puerto Rico in October to assess relief efforts, he was spotted throwing paper towels into a waiting crowd.
The odd moment inspired a flurry of memes.
10. Animatronic Trump
Disney released its Trump figure for the Hall of Presidents in December, and it looked pretty scary.
In particular, the internet drew comparisons between the model and Jon Voight.
Congratulations to John Voight for being elected to Disney's Hall of Presidents. pic.twitter.com/GPvgPTyTC3— Sean (@CaptainToney) December 19, 2017
Also in May, Trump shared a late-night tweet which read: “Despite the constant negative press covfefe”. The new word baffled Twitter users, but seemed a good reason to poke fun.
When they go low, we covfefe.— billy eichner (@billyeichner) May 31, 2017
"Nevertheless, she covfefe."— Jason Filiatrault (@jfiliatrault) May 31, 2017
12. The orb
On a trip to Saudi Arabia, Trump attended the opening of the Global Centre for Combating Extremist Ideology with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.
During the photo call for the event, the two foreign guests joined Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud in placing their hands on an illuminated globe.
The resulting photo was meme heaven.
trump 100% made a wish when he touched the orb pic.twitter.com/S0TlxgxtBY— KT NELSON (@KrangTNelson) May 21, 2017