Trump’s tweet about pardoning himself inspired some relatable parodies

Trump's tweet about pardoning himself inspired some relatable parodies

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Trump’s tweet is just too easy to meme.

In a heated tweet on Monday, the president claimed that he has “the absolute right to pardon” himself, which is a sentiment he claims has been “stated by numerous legal scholars.” He also clarified that he’s done “nothing wrong.”

The tweet was quickly turned into a meme — after all, it sounds exactly like what you’d expect someone to say if they’re not guilty of anything, right?

The format of the tweet was turned into a copypasta, with Twitter users appropriating the message for Incubus lyrics and Dungeons and Dragons gray areas.

And it applies to the “15 minutes late” meme, playing off the mythical rule that supposedly lets college students leave class if their professor is late.

There were even puns replacing pardon with lardon!

This tweet by writer Mike Drucker says what we all really want though: a puppy for president. Make America Cute Again. 

But this version by author Victoria Aveyard encapsulates any roommate disagreement perfectly. 

Can Trump actually pardon himself? No sitting president has ever used executive pardoning powers on himself, and if he’s impeached, he can’t. As the Washington Post points out, Nixon didn’t pardon himself — his Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel wrote an argument based on “the fundamental rule that no one may be a judge in his own case.”

When Weekly Standard reporter Haley Byrd asked Senator Ted Cruz on his opinion, Cruz said after a painfully awkward 18 seconds: “That is not a constitutional issue I’ve studied, so I will withhold judgement at this time.” 

In other words: 

What other relatable memes will Trump’s terrifying dictator-like tweets spawn?

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