Following news that Democrats would finally pursue impeachment proceedings against Trump, Twitter exploded with memes and GIFs, which is as good a way as any to kill time until the end of the world.
Though the situation is still developing, the controversy started with a whistleblower alleging that Trump had engaged in inappropriate contact with a foreign power. After a few days of fumbling, Nancy Pelosi finally announced yesterday that the House would begin a formal impeachment inquiry, saying that the president had violated the Constitution by urging Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate Joe Biden’s son, Hunter, ahead of the 2020 election.
That forced the White House to release transcripts on Wednesday of Trump’s call with the Ukranian president.The administration has so far refused to provide Congress with details of the whistleblower’s complaint.
Among the best tweets are those focusing on teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg, whose intense gaze is said to have cursed the president.
There’s also been high praise — or at least “better late than never” eye-rolling — for Pelosi:
But, of course, there’s also some dismay over how this means Pence could be next in line for the throne. Not today and never, President Pence.
A few adopted a more poetic tone — with the help of Damien Rice.
But in general, there’s a lot of optimism about the future, which we all could use a little of as our democracy crumbles.
But the New York Times may have inadvertently generated the funniest meme. In their top headline this morning, the paper wrote, “Impeachment Inquiry Is High-Stakes Showdown For Both Sides,” a goofy display of neutrality that verges into self-parody.
Another tweet called upon the late Whitney Houston to reflect on how we’ll look back on this decades from now.
We’re all doomed — but hey, at least we have good memes to keep us company.