It only took moments for memes to flood Twitter after Donald Trump backtracked on alleged Russian meddling, correcting a sentence in which he had stated that there was no reason why Russia would have interfered in the election.
The presidential U-turn, which he says was a simple case of using the word “would” when he meant “wouldn’t,” was almost immediately mocked online, with memes and jokes aplenty – many of which were posted with the hashtag #wouldorwouldnt.
🎶You say Would
And I say Wouldn't
You say Should
And I say Shouldn't
Let's call the whole thing off. 🎶
— Lisa Tozzi (@lisatozzi) July 17, 2018
If you need any further proof that Trump is a six year-old, his only defense over his Helsinki comments is “It’s Opposite Day!”
— Bryan Behar (@bryanbehar) July 17, 2018
Others used it as an excuse to take a jab at Trump with his own favorite phrase – “fake news.”
Basically, Trump called his own words fake news.
— Peter 🍸🍹Suderman (@petersuderman) July 17, 2018
Some also adopted his backtracking skills to say what they think about the president.
I wouldn't consider Trump one of the biggest lying scumbags ever.
Actually, I misspoke.
I WOULD consider Trump one of the biggest lying scumbags ever.
— Brian O'Sullivan (@osullivanauthor) July 17, 2018
Trump’s supporters were also the brunt of a lot of jokes.
The House will not accept anything that blames Trump for anything. Asking the GOP to do anything that might go against their lord & savior is a waste of time. pic.twitter.com/tEqSDN7EY9
— Larry Robinson (@ler913) July 17, 2018
And, in a totally predictable move, many found a way to blame Russia for it all.
Trump got mixed up about what he meant to say because the text was badly translated from the original Russian.
— paul bassett davies (@thewritertype) July 17, 2018
In a key sentence in my remarks, I said the word would instead of wouldn't. The sentence should have been…'I don't see any reason why Trump WOULDN'T be called a Russian agent.' Sort of a double negative. So you can put that in, and I think that probably clarifies things. pic.twitter.com/BorpcIAdrG
— Jon Hutson (@JonHutson) July 17, 2018
In these uncertain times and with such a divisive political climate, it’s good to know you can always count on Twitter.
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