Never has so little done so much to expose how unhinged Americans have become over their politics… after all, it just a T-shirt!
Two men out to have a little fun while attending a rally for President Donald Trump have unwittingly managed to shape political discourse in this nation because of the message on their T-shirts.
“I’d like a moment of silence for everyone who has sacrificed their lives for these guys to have the freedom to wish they were Russian,” tweeted Bridget Phetasy, who pens a column for Playboy Magazine.
It’s a safe bet the remark was liberal sarcasm, but Phetasy managed to accurately capture the state of our politics in a follow up tweet.
“We’ve lost our f*cking minds,” she offered.
We’ve lost our fucking minds.
— Bridget Phetasy (@BridgetPhetasy) August 5, 2018
For the record, the journalist who took the photograph, Jeremy Pelzer, wants his due recognition:
Hi, I took this photo. Please credit me next time. Thanks! https://t.co/nEPZFvdCS0
— Jeremy Pelzer (@jpelzer) August 5, 2018
The men in the photo were identified by Cleveland.com as James Alicie and Richard M. Birchfield, two friends from the city of Delaware.
They told the paper they attended the rally because they’ve never seen a president in person before.
“Asked about their shirts,” Pelzer wrote, “Alicie (left) said he didn’t understand why Trump is getting so much criticism about Russia when Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama weren’t similarly scrutinized.”
As for the reaction, folks on the left and right are way overthinking things!
2/ This viral image of "I'd rather be a Russian than a Democrat" is, of course, confirmation bias. Two guys on the fringe are used to confirm everything you want to believe about Republicans. pic.twitter.com/ngjuGgHmqx
— Robᵉʳᵗ Graham😷, provocateur (@ErrataRob) August 5, 2018
Is anyone else hoping the White House Press asks Trump this question so he back-pedals to the point of agreeing with these two gentleman? No, ok I’m the only sadist then. ?
— Aalia (@AaliaAlavi) August 5, 2018
Traitors is what they are.
— Galileo (@Galileo242) August 5, 2018
Oh come on. That’s an obvious joke, and you took the bait.
Look at these old codgers. They were shitposting before Al Gore even thought of inventing the internet.
— Jameson Frost (@JamesonFrost) August 5, 2018
Subtle oddity here is that the donkey is exceptionally muscular and tough-looking. If the point of the shirt is that being a Democrat is worse than being a Russian, it’s peculiar to depict the Dem symbol as being so powerful. Unless, of course, a Russian designed the shirt.
— Tom Garrett (@TheAxisOfEgo) August 5, 2018
Old, white, and sexually confused.
— Bart Oates (@bombtrackbart) August 5, 2018
Not that there weren’t a few who actually got what the intended message was and offered a beautiful explanation:
The difference between Russians and Democrats is that Russians rejected socialism.
— Comfortably Smug (@ComfortablySmug) August 5, 2018
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