Americans and millions around the world are anxiously awaiting the final results of the 2020 election. After long and sleepless nights, we still don’t know who is going to win states with razor-thin margins like Pennsylvania, Georgia, and Nevada. As suspense mounts, the internet does what it knows to do best: stress-relieving memes that accurately capture the feelings of a sleep-deprived, nail-biting nation.
An entire genre of internet memes emerged in the past few days to parody the unbearable slowness of Nevada’s vote count. Final results in the Silver State might not be announced until Saturday or Sunday, according to election officials. Without offending the dedicated poll workers and volunteers who are counting the votes in Nevada, the memes flooding the internet are fair in their assessment that the state is taking its sweet time to announce its election results.
Steeped in schadenfreude, a plethora of other memes have celebrated the anticipated demise of Donald Trump. One well-crafted GIF, interestingly posted by a Twitter user named Soviet Sergey, shows the president performing his laughable rally dance on a sinking campaign ship. Others have cheered states like Georgia, Michigan, and Wisconsin for flipping for Joe Biden and possibly saving the day.
Speaking of schadenfreude, the Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg gave Trump a taste of his own medicine, tweeting yesterday: “So ridiculous. Donald must work on his Anger Management problem, then go to a good old fashioned movie with a friend! Chill Donald, Chill!” The tweet uses the language of Trump’s patronizing tweet against the young activist in December of 2019.
With an ever-narrowing chance to legitimately win the presidency, Trump has been falsely claiming victory while spewing baseless allegations of voter fraud. In Philadelphia, pro-democracy protesters rebutted his claims with a street performance of dancing ballot boxes to convey the message that all votes should be duly counted. On the funnier side, one meme imagined Russian President Vladimir Putin’s phone home screen, showing a desperate “Help” text from Trump and a list of missed calls.
And finally, how will Trump’s loss of the White House affect his marriage? Jimmy Kimmel’s late-night show made a hilarious prediction about Melania Trump’s future plans.
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