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From ‘covfefe’ to ‘the Bushkrieg’: Daily Show displays Trump’s best tweets

The satirical show has erected a temporary pop-up museum to the presidents offensive, caustic and often contradictory 140-character musings

At the Daily Shows Donald J Trump Presidential Twitter Library there are no books, for reasons that dont require explanation. But there are tweets lots of them.

Conceived of and curated by the Daily Show team, the pop-up museum just around the corner from Trump Tower is arranged like the libraries of presidents past, memorializing Trumps tweets from 2009 onwards.

His greatest hits (covfefe, for instance) appear in gilded frames aside context-providing placards, while other tweets are bracketed by category, pop culture reflections in one corner, admonishments of political rivals and heads of state in another.

Shouldnt the presidential library be at the end of a presidents term? Daily Show host Trevor Noah asked reporters in a makeshift Oval Office adorned with a golden toilet and chenille bathrobe (the letters DT emblazoned on the chest).

Yes, thats true. Unfortunately, we do not know when his term will end. It could be next week, it could be never. So we decided to do it now, he added.

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Trevor Noah. Photograph: Getty Images for Comedy Central

The project is a sort of snark-laden salute to a president who communicates primarily in 140-character aspersions, an undiluted look into his many grievances. He may not be good at president-ing, or leading, or geopolitics, but he is a damn fine Twitterer, Noah added.

The end result is a fascinating trip through the annals of his convoluted conscience, a satire thats equal parts jarring and funny, absurd and Sad!.

Upon entry, you first encounter the presidents notorious Cinco de Mayo tweet (I love Hispanics! he wrote, before hailing the taco bowls at Trump Tower Grill), an exercise in how one panders to minorities while also plugging your businesses, as comedian Hasan Minhaj joked at a press preview.

He went on: Sometimes, when a person drops a new album, the blogosphere goes crazy about it, but dont forget his early mixtapes. People sleep on the early Cinco de Mayo tweet.

The exhibit goes on to chronicle Trumps many feuds, from the Bushkrieg, a series of tweets lambasting Jeb Bush (just watched Jebs ad where he desperately needed mommy to help him, one reads), to Trumps late 2012 polemic against soda pop. I have never seen a thin person drinking Diet Coke, he wrote, curiously.

In a section called Trump v Trump, a screen shuffles through past tweets in which the president holds diametrically opposed positions, explaining that while most politicians base their decisions on strongly held beliefs, Trumps brain is so uniquely good (or great) that it can hold many different beliefs on the same subject.

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The Donald J Trump Presidential Twitter Library. Photograph: Getty Images for Comedy Central

The electoral college is a disaster for democracy, Trump wrote on 6 November 2012. Almost four years to the day later, after his own electoral college victory, he praised the system: The electoral college is actually genius in that it brings all states, including smaller ones, into play. Next up is a convenient bait-and-switch on Syria, the president having gone from anti-interventionist grandstander to trigger-happy neocon.

Inside the library is a live feed of Trumps account, with sirens wailing loudly each time he posts something new. Theres also a monitor quantifying his Twitter habits, like the frequency with which he mentions different family members (daughter Ivanka clocks in at over 500, daughter Tiffany at seven) and attacks political nemeses (Barack Obama has, astoundingly, fielded more than 2,700 Trump Twitter tirades).

Its about giving context to the tweets, Trevor Noah said. Not absorbing them one bite at a time, but rather looking at them as a body of work.

When asked if Trump-centric comedy was being exhausted, Noah rejected the idea outright. But with a one-man joke generator in the White House, comedians attempts to mock the president have been generally met with either short-lived viral status or, in Kathy Griffins case, job loss.

The Daily Shows exhibit, though, is perhaps the best skewering of Trump yet, mainly because it takes the tweets hes so proud of and uses them as a springboard to exhibit his bluster and blasphemy.

Its easy to willfully forget that the president once tweeted a message to the haters and losers on this special day, September 11th. Or that he took particular umbrage at Modern Family writer Danny Zuker, who he said had the mind of a very dumb and backward child. Or that he peddled his racist birtherism conspiracy for longer than Id initially realized. Or that he once tweeted, simply, We.

But the Donald J. Trump Presidential Twitter Library doesnt let you and, in that sense, its a sort of brick-and-mortar tribute to every American who considers the president a national embarrassment, a moral and intellectual outrage.

That it stands just a stones throw from Trump Tower is the cherry on top.

  • The Presidential Twitter Library is open to the public from 11am to 7pm at 3 West 57th Street this weekend

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jun/17/trump-tweets-daily-show-presidential-twitter-library

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