If there's one thing that Trump loves, it's himself. But making a spectacle of himself runs a close second. Yesterday, he staged a bizarre photo op for himself and two empty chairs. The Internet immediately took notice and made it into a meme. Unfortunately (for Donald Trump), it wasn't exactly the effect he was hoping to have.
Trump and his fellow Republicans are currently under a lot of pressure to make a deal with Democrats about government funding. If they don't make a deal by December 8, they risk a total government shutdown.
You’d think that the man who (co-)wrote The Art of the Deal would be good at this, but so far, no.
He was scheduled to have a meeting with Democrats yesterday afternoon.
But yesterday before the meeting, Trump tweeted this:
He basically said that there would be no point in meeting with Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi to make a deal.
Again, this was before the meeting where they were supposed to come up with a deal.
Rather than submit themselves to a meeting with a man who clearly has no intention of making a deal, Pelosi and Schumer instead chose to bail on the president.
The issued the following joint statement:
“Given that the President doesn’t see a deal between Democrats and the White House, we believe the best path forward is to continue negotiating with our Republican counterparts in Congress instead. Rather than going to the White House for a show meeting that won’t result in an agreement, we’ve asked (Senate Majority Leader Mitch) McConnell and (House Speaker Paul) Ryan to meet this afternoon.”
In order to really stick it to Pelosi and Schumer, Trump decided to stage a photo op to show what the room looked like without them in it:
Look at that sad man surrounded by empty chairs.
There’s no way this could backfire, right?
Trump's supporters were huge fans of the spectacle.
“A stunning visual…..brilliant!” this person said.
The rest of the Internet, however, loved the photo of Trump with two empty chairs for an entirely different reason…