On Sunday evening, as protests over the murder of George Floyd were in full force across the country, someone at the White House turned off the exterior lights, which many saw as the perfect metaphor for an administration that seems willing to turn a blind eye to every problem — more than 100,000 dead from coronavirus; 40 million unemployed; nationwide dissent over the murder of African-Americans — that confronts the nation.

The New York Times reported that Trump remained hidden and silent at a time when many were calling for him to speak directly to the American people:

“Mr. Trump spent Sunday out of sight, even as some of his campaign advisers were recommending that he deliver a nationally televised address. The building was even emptier than usual as some White House officials planning to work were told not to come in case of renewed unrest.”

Additionally, the Times revealed that on Friday, Trump had been rushed to an underground bunker by the Secret Service as protests drew close to the White House.

The sight of White House shrouded in complete darkness led many on social media to mock Trump for being utterly clueless and impotent as president:

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