Was President Donald Trump’s recent move to boot chief strategist Steve Bannon from his highly coveted National Security Council the result of a little social media joke? Maybe not, but it was definitely enough to get under the president’s skin.
This week, social media liberals launched a running joke where they referred to the former Breitbart News exec as “President Bannon,” a play on his appointment to one of the most powerful position’s on the president’s Cabinet. Clearly, Trump didn’t like that, according to a New York Times article discussing Bannon’s ebbing influence and his sudden dismissal from the NSC on Wednesday, April 5.
“Moreover, Mr. Bannon’s Svengali-style reputation has chafed on a president who sees himself as the West Wing’s only leading man,” the article read. “Several associates said the president had quietly expressed annoyance over the credit Mr. Bannon had received for setting the agenda.”
Moreover, “Mr. Trump was not pleased by the ‘President Bannon’ puppet-master theme promoted by magazines, late-night talk shows and Twitter,” it continued.
Much like Bannon, the social media gag had become nothing short of an annoyance to the president. The anti-Trump brigade took to social media Wednesday to celebrate the fruits of their labor.
— Brian Clapper (@brianclapper) April 6, 2017
When people started with the "President Bannon" stuff, I thought, "Nah, can't be that easy." I was wronnnnnnnng. https://t.co/7PZfDnKTXW
— Craig Mazin (@clmazin) April 5, 2017
"liberals r so stupid saying 'president bannon' like that hurts me it doesnt hurt me i hate them so much they should shut up shut up sh…" pic.twitter.com/DWeL5VOUfe
— darth:™ (@darth) April 6, 2017
— Oliver Griswold (@originalgriz) April 6, 2017
As it was so easy to ruffle the president’s feathers the first time around, liberals plotted on how to use their trolling skills for good in the future.
Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, is looking like the next person the president’s opponents will use to get under his skin. Touting Trump’s daughter as “President Ivanka” just might do the trick, too.
— Libby B (@ICantEvenToday) April 6, 2017
My theory about the Bannon story: as predicted, all those President Bannon memes got under Trump’s skin. Time for President Kushner memes.
— emily nussbaum (@emilynussbaum) April 5, 2017
Has anyone asked President Bannon how he feels about President Kushner?
— Wil Wheaton (@wilw) April 6, 2017
So this president apparently got mad that people were calling Bannon the real president and demoted Bannon for it.
— Minna Hong (@asiangrrlMN) April 6, 2017
— Lisa 📎 (@mochachick8) April 6, 2017
— Kelle Bond (@kelleAbond) April 6, 2017