Just when you thought Donald Trump couldn’t get any more self-righteous, he declared himself the ‘chosen one’.
The president has said some ridiculous things in his time but this might just top them all.
Most people didn’t know how to react to the baffling situation but thankfully New York Daily News took charge and came up with the perfect response, which they then splashed on their front page.
Trump’s comments came about after right-wing conspiracy theorist Wayne Allyn Root said Jewish people considered the POTUS to be both the ‘king of Israel’ and the ‘second coming of God’ on a call-in show on Newsmax.tv earlier this week.
Of course, this was the one time Trump didn’t declare something as fake news and he later took to Twitter to thank Root for the kind words.
….like he’s the King of Israel. They love him like he is the second coming of God…But American Jews don’t know him or like him. They don’t even know what they’re doing or saying anymore. It makes no sense! But that’s OK, if he keeps doing what he’s doing, he’s good for…..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 21, 2019
The president then decided to take the religious theme and run with it as he declared himself the ‘chosen one’ during a press conference outside the White House on Wednesday. For added effect, he looked up at the sky while doing so.
While defending a failing trade war against China, he said:
I am the chosen one. So I’m taking on China. I’m taking on China on trade. And you know what? We’re winning.
It wasn’t long before the hashtags ‘#ChosenOne’ and ‘#AntiChrist’ began trending on Twitter but New York Daily News used the front page to express their dismay as they recreated Leonardo Da Vinci’s famed depiction of The Last Supper, which has Jesus seated at the middle of a table with his disciples on either side.
— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) August 22, 2019
However, the paper had made a few adjustments to adhere to the president’s vision of himself. Trump can be seen in the centre of the table, his bleach-blonde hair long and flowing, while Vice President Mike Pence, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos are also seated at the table.
The president’s ‘disciples’ also include two of his closest White House advisers as well as First lady Melania Trump, daughter Ivanka and Ivanka’s husband Jared Kushner – though some social media users and The Da Vinci Code fans have pointed out Ivanka is placed in the same position Mary Magdalene, is said to be sat.
That is Ivanka as the divine feminine and not Melania?
The piece is labelled ‘The Last Whopper’ and shows the table littered with burgers and fast food cups in what is probably a nod to the time Trump served McDonald’s, Burger King and Wendy’s to national college football champions Clemson Tigers at the start of this year.
New York Daily News also appear to have utilised the ‘Donald Trump has tiny hands’ joke, with little palms emerging from the president’s billowing robes.
I think the only thing missing is a phone which would allow Trump to tweet a picture of the event, but we’ll let them off because they’ve clearly put a lot of effort into the creation.
While a big fan of the Bible, when pushed Trump can’t pick a favourite piece of scripture. But don’t be cynical, he shows his deep connection and knowledge of the good book by declaring both the old and new testament as equal favourites…
“The bible means a lot to me… I don’t want to get into specifics”
Old or New Testament guy?
Trump being quizzed on the bible takes me back to University supervisions in which I hadn’t done the required reading – he’s clueless pic.twitter.com/ttom7ineZI
— Rupert Myers (@RupertMyers) August 22, 2019
Let’s hope the president forgets about this ‘chosen one’ thing as quickly as he dismisses gun violence and climate change.
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Emily Brown first began delivering important news stories aged just 13, when she launched her career with a paper round. She graduated with a BA Hons in English Language in the Media from Lancaster University, and went on to become a freelance writer and blogger. Emily contributed to The Sunday Times Travel Magazine and Student Problems before becoming a journalist at UNILAD, where she works on breaking news as well as longer form features.