President Donald Trump joked about adding his face to the Mount Rushmore National Memorial during a rally in Youngstown, Ohio on Tuesday, but was it really a joke?
Trump suggested the idea of immortalizing his own face beside the likes of beloved U.S. Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln, but said his suggestion was nothing more than joke. He used his next breath to go after the “fake news media,” who he predicted would blow his comments out of proportion.
Trump’s Mount Rushmore suggestion came during a rambling speech in which he talked about how “every president on Mount Rushmore believed in protecting American industry,” presumably he was saying he believes in the same.
“Now here’s what I’d do,” Trump said. “I’d ask whether or not you someday think I will be on Mount Rushmore,” he said.
And after clearly stirring up the idea of getting his own face etched into the South Dakota landmark, he preemptively blamed the media for overreacting.
“If I did it joking — totally joking, having fun — the fake news media will say, ‘He believes he should be on Mount Rushmore,’” Trump said. “So I won’t say it, OK. But they’ll say it anyway, you watch tomorrow — ‘Trump thinks he should be on Mount Rushmore.’”
Watch Trump’s speech here:
… trump invokes idea of his face on mt rushmore, says media will lie about it, & that’s why he won’t bring it up (even though he just did) pic.twitter.com/xYOybqfxnv
— fake nick ramsey (@nick_ramsey) July 25, 2017
Twitter, of course, responded appropriately.
Buzzfeed News reporter Henry J. Gomez called out the president, saying “Trump is now musing about whether he should be on Mt Rushmore while also insisting that’s not what he’s really doing.”
Trump is now musing about whether he should be on Mt Rushmore while also insisting that’s not what he’s really doing.
— Henry J. Gomez (@HenryJGomez) July 25, 2017
One Twitter user mused about which end of the iconic memorial Trump’s face should be etched.
“Trump says he wants to be on Mount Rushmore… Maybe on the ass end,” user @quinologize said.
Trump says he wants to be on Mount Rushmore… Maybe on the ass end.
— Quincy (@quinologize) July 26, 2017
Most people just used the opportunity to churn out a few good memes. Twitter users stood on both sides of Trump’s supposed non-suggestion about getting on Mount Rushmore.
— J D Weinfeld (@RocketCat88) July 26, 2017
Trump invokes idea of his face on Mt. Rushmore.
Mt. Rushmore responds…
— Dandelion Dollars (@DandelionDollar) July 26, 2017
— Miguel Hidalgo (@MiguelHidalgo7) July 26, 2017
trump on mount rushmore pic.twitter.com/UMsNVNCP5l
— vera kowalska (@dialtfortrouble) July 26, 2017