Donald Trump has done more after the terrible synagogue shooting on Saturday than just playing the victim blame game. He also dropped an umbrella as he climbed Air Force One.
In a clip that quickly became viral, Trump is seen up the stairs to his presidential jet, umbrella in hand. When he reaches the door, Trump's hand falls deeper and deeper, until the screen scrapes the ground. Seconds later he drops her completely and disappears on the plane.
If video shares are an indication, the American public loves Trump's role see a buffoon. Probably because these moments are a momentary distraction from the fact that he is still the US president.
And so it came about that this video appeared and many in the Twitter Peanut Gallery caught the most obvious angle for the President: LOL Trump can not close an umbrella. What, fair! He does not close the umbrella.
But here is more going on. You see, this whole overthrow of the umbrella is a metaphor. Right?
This umbrella is violence in the US. Trump unlocked it, left it at the door, and then quietly just walked away while doing his thing … https://t.co/AufsxLTXKt
– Charlie McEwan (@CharMcew) October 27, 2018
Personally, I look at this viral umbrella and see a perfect reflection of the man we I've met him since he settled in the Oval Office.
Trump is for no one except himself (and maybe his family, I think). He plays with his base and rips Progressive to keep up the chaos. He suggests a destructive policy that lines his pockets.
He's not here to own "the libraries," but that's a useful sleight of hand. He keeps his electoral base focused on the vague notion of an enemy at home, rather than the politicians who continue to move in Washington's undeveloped swamp.
And now we have this umbrella. A useful tool the moment Trump holds it over his head to protect himself from the rain. Then, as soon as he gets into the Air Force One at the moment of boarding, he drops the umbrella without any regard or thought.
It's just an umbrella, its defenders will undoubtedly scream. And they are right, that's it. But the lack of respect shown in this one case says so much about the man who wore this umbrella.
Sometimes things become viral because they are cute, or terrifying, or unbelievable or otherwise very remarkable. And sometimes they just coincide with the moment. On a day when the nation and the world focused on the horrors of Pittsburgh, Trump's stupid umbrella moment resonated.