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.”
WHITE HOUSE LIGHTS OFF
WH WENT DARK pic.twitter.com/plnOX26B2X
— CryptøManiac101 🅐 (@_Crypto_Maniac_) June 1, 2020
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:
— Alex Cole (@acnewsitics) June 1, 2020
No picture better sums up the pure bullshit of the Drain-The-Swamp, MAGA, Ultra-Macho, Tough-Guy Trump Presidency.
When the going gets tough? Turn off the lights and hide. pic.twitter.com/RKMbG7OIhq
— Christian Christensen (@ChrChristensen) June 1, 2020
Make no mistake-the White House was trying to hide by turning off all the lights last night. Stoke the hate, then run…how pathetic.
— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) June 1, 2020
Like all other strong men, Donald Trump is a coward and soft and terrified. Hiding in the White House and turning off the lights is all on brand. These are insecure, sad little men who build themselves up with the iconography of fascism to hide their fear.
— Jared Yates Sexton (@JYSexton) June 1, 2020
did the White House really turn the lights off like it’s Halloween and they ran out of Snickers
— david byrnes scream at the end of road to nowhere (@rachelmillman) June 1, 2020
I have never seen this in my entire life. I lived in DC and worked at a restaurant two blocks from here and rode my bike by the White House every night at around 2am. The lights were always on. This absolutely sums up this administration. Nobody’s home. https://t.co/Uk2rhxE1Wj pic.twitter.com/ACjZtaaRPR
— Duff Goldman (@duffgoldman) June 1, 2020
I have to admit, Trump sealed up in the white house with the lights out while the whole world hates him is kind of perfect. That image is forever and he will never be able to spin it away.
— Todd Poirier (@todd_poirier) June 1, 2020
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