I didn’t set out to document the arc of Donald J. Trump’s candidacy in memes. It’s just something that happened.
For the longest time I, like many others observing his presidential bid, felt a mix of amusement and curiosity. Would he make it to the Iowa Caucus, or even the first primary contests? I saw him as the political equivalent of Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog. And thus my first meme, a wordless image, was born.
My meme muse didn’t speak to me again until the Republican National Convention.
When it came time for Trump’s acceptance speech, an image alone couldn’t convey what I wanted to say. I looked around and found a format that I liked and came up my first full meme.
Again, I felt like I had nothing more to say. Then, a flurry of events forced my hand (and mouse.)
The question of when Trump would ‘pivot’ reminded me of the spoon scene from The Matrix.
Trump’s lead in some polls was reason for concern. So, I had a little fun with the name of one of them, probably to lessen my stress. (Thanks to The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring for the image.)
Then, Hillary Clinton’s “basket of deplorables” quote gave me another inspiration. (Thanks to Despicable Me for the image.)
The only time I broke with my trusted format was to borrow a promotional photo of Christian Bale from American Hustle.
Trump’s ridiculous speculation of the DNC hacker (and definite fat-shaming) made me wonder if he was a fan of South Park. (Note: I resisted the urge to substitute Chris Christie’s face, because he’s not 400 pounds. And, I don’t believe he has the programming skills.)
I started to pine for the good old days, when townsfolk dealt with charlatans in an appropriate way. O Brother, Where Art Thou? provided the inspiration.
Trump’s refrain about being unpredictable in war made me think he’d be lousy at a board game, such as the appropriately-titled RISK (or Trump: The Game, for that matter.)
Trump’s comments on the Access Hollywood video left me speechless. But, I needed to say something. This is one time I couldn’t make light of the subject with a funny photo edit.
Living in North Carolina emphasized the hypocrisy of conservatives endorsing Trump in the state that passed HB2. Again, I chose not to edit a photo to put Trump in it. I let the words do the work.
When Trump proclaimed that he had been “unshackled”, I saw it as the beginning of the GOP’s self-destruction. Spaceballs provided the needed button to push.
Now, I see the Trump-Pence campaign as not only striking the iceberg, they’ve decided to repeatedly crash into it for good measure. (Thanks, Titanic.)
I have no idea what additional memes will spring forth from my campaign-saturated mind. But, I’ll be glad to update this blog if they happen.
In the meantime, get out and early vote (where applicable.) And, get your friends and family out to vote, too!
10/26 Update: Added my latest, Trump as a guest on To Catch a Predator.
11/1 Update: Added Trump as The Spy Who Loathed Me. (Apologies to Sir Roger Moore.)
11/5 Update: Since the FBI has become part of the Trump Campaign, I touched on their contribution by way of the X-Files.
11/6 Update: An observation on a former school practice, updated for today.
11/6 Update: Just a reminder, via Star Wars, that this election will be over soon.
11/7 Update: A question, related to the scifi movie The Fifth Element.
11/7 Update: My last meme with my prediction for Trump-Pence.