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The post shows Trump’s head on the body of boxer Rocky Balboa from the iconic Rocky franchise. The Trump-Rocky hybrid stands in a ring and wears the patriotic gear that actor Sylvester Stallone, who played Rocky, wore on the poster for Rocky III.
It’s unclear who is responsible the image or where the president found it. (He has a history of re-sharing memes from right-wing users and blogs.) Trump, 73, tweeted it out with no caption.
Some social media users expressed their confusion at why the president was sharing the digitally manipulated pic.
“Do you have any idea just how ridiculous this is,” one user wrote, while another referenced the plot of Rocky IV, writing, “The president thinks he’s Rocky, but unlike Donald Trump, Rocky was willing to fight the Russians.”
Edward-Isaac Dovere, a staff writer at The Atlantic, compared Trump’s Rocky post with President Barack Obama‘s tweet urging people to find “common humanity” at Thanksgiving rather than arguing with family members.
“Two presidents tweet the day before Thanksgiving,” Dovere wrote.
two presidents tweet the day before Thanksgiving: pic.twitter.com/ibh7Fy2PGt
— Edward-Isaac Dovere (@IsaacDovere) November 27, 2019
On Thursday, Trump tweeted out a Thanksgiving message to the country from himself and the first lady, writing, “Melania and I wish all Americans a very happy and blessed Thanksgiving!”
HAPPY THANKSGIVING! pic.twitter.com/2GoxJEk6fN
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 28, 2019
The Rocky image is just the latest meme involving Trump to go viral on Twitter.
Last week, Trump’s blocky, all-caps handwriting was memed as he responded to scathing testimony by U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland, who testified in the impeachment hearings against Trump about whether the president tried to use his power for his own political benefit for the 2020 election.
Sondland said Trump pressured Ukraine leaders to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden’s son in exchange for hundreds of millions of dollars in military aid.
“I WANT NOTHING. I WANT NOTHING. I WANT NO QUID PRO QUO,” Trump’s handwritten statement read. Twitter was quick to pick up on the erratic-looking note.
“This reads like a lost Kurt Cobain lyric,” Washington Post opinion columnist Helaine Olen joked on Twitter.
“(I) can only read this in the voice of Robert Durst whispering into a hot mic,” another user, Brandy Jensen, said.
Other Twitter users paired the photo of the note up with images of Eminem and Morrissey, joking that they could be interpreted as lyrics from the dramatic artists.