A tweet from President Donald Trump is drawing online mockery for a reason having less to do with politics than with his pop-culture IQ.
Trump shared a short, profanity-laced clip from a recent Curb Your Enthusiasm episode with his 72 million followers. The 28-second clip (watch it below) from Curb‘s Season 10 premiere, “Happy New Year,” is peppered with expletives. It shows Larry David defusing a road-rage clash with an angry biker by donning a red “Make America Great Again” cap.
The MAGA moment is part of the episode’s running storyline of Larry wearing the hat as a cynical ploy to avoid people he doesn’t want to see. (Everybody Loves Raymond creator Phil Rosenthal makes a cameo, fleeing a brunch with Larry at the sight of the red hat.) At no point does Larry declare any political affinity for Trump; on LA’s left-leaning Westside, the hat is merely a prop he uses to cut to the front of the line or get out of undesirable situations. Reflecting on the potency of the hat during a conversation with Jeff Garlin, Larry marvels that it “worked like a charm. … It’s a great people repellant.”
The president’s tweet was captioned “TOUGH GUYS FOR TRUMP!” The text recalled an interview he gave to Breitbart last year, famously declaring, “I have the support of the police, the support of the military, the support of the Bikers for Trump – I have the tough people.”
Many Twitter users felt Trump completely missed the satirical thrust of the Curb storyline. As of Tuesday morning, more than 29,000 replies had flooded in, with many mocking Trump and, inevitably, supporters pushing back and defending the president.
“What the f–k is wrong with you,” tweeted writer Sarah Beattie. “It’s a fictional tv show, doofus,” added political blogger Jeff Tiedrich.
Among the flood of replies and replies to the replies was a clip of David being interviewed at 92Y by New York sports broadcaster Michael Kay ahead of the premiere of Curb last month. Asked if he worried about the premiere episode’s plotline alienating any of his fans who are also Trump supporters, David exclaimed, “Alienate yourselves! Go and alienate. You have my blessing. No, I could give a f–k.” Many of the replies included the “people repellant” clip from the Curb episode.
Here’s the Trump tweet:
And here is the clip of David addressing the MAGA moment: