The tweet, sent minutes after Republican senators found him not guilty on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, shows a long line of Trump campaign signs stretching well past his 2020 re-election: Trump 2024, Trump 2028, Trump 2032 … all the way to Trump 2048 and beyond.
“Trump 4eva,” the meme ends, as the Trump campaign sign transform to depict a future where he is the eternal commander-in-chief. (It’s not the first time the president has shared it.)
While Trump sent a separate tweet stating that he would be making a more official statement from the White House on Thursday afternoon, the meme’s tone was in keeping the same divisive and unfiltered style that carried him into office.
He was impeached in December after a House of Representatives investigation found that he withheld some $400 million in aid to Ukraine to pressure the government there to investigate his political rivals.
But he has insisted he did nothing wrong, despite the evidence against him, and conservatives have mounted a series of defenses including attacking the Democratic investigation and saying Trump acted within the scope of his authority.
“Today, the sham impeachment attempt concocted by Democrats ended in the full vindication and exoneration of President Donald J. Trump. As we have said all along, he is not guilty,” White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham said in a statement.
“The President is pleased to put this latest chapter of shameful behavior by the Democrats in the past, and looks forward to continuing his work on behalf of the American people in 2020 and beyond,” Grisham continued.
On Twitter, as they have with numerous other such tweets, Trump’s detractors were quick to reply to his trolling tweet with their own thoughts.
“First president in American history with a bipartisan vote to be removed from office,” one user wrote, referring to Utah’s Mitt Romney, who became the first senator in history to vote to remove a president of their own party from office.
(In her statement, Grisham dismissed Romney as a “failed presidential candidate,” echoing her Trump’s past criticisms.)
“There goes that dictator mentality again,” another person tweeted back at Trump. “Exactly what you want to see in a president.”
His defenders were in the mix as well, some of whom adopted his tone.
One wrote: “Congrats on the beautiful acquittal, Mr. President!”
Now that their impeachment hoax is over maybe Democrats can actually come to the table and try to do some work for the American people for a change... but I won’t hold my breath. pic.twitter.com/tuU7yx288u— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) February 5, 2020
Trump’s children also spoke out about his acquittal. Daughter Ivanka Trump, who is a senior White House aide, wrote on her Instagram Story that “this factional fever and incoherent, ill-conceived process has finally ended and the President has rightfully been acquitted. It is time for our Country to move forward. Together. POTUS has accomplished so much and is just getting started. The best is yet to come!”
She also posted a photo, seemingly taken during her time in South Korea for the 2018 Winter Olympics, of her decked-out in Team USA gear and backed by an American flag. She captioned it with the hashtag #mood.