President Donald Trump gestures as he speaks at his Black Voices for Trump rally Friday, Nov. 8, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
For better of for worse, memes have become a fixture in our political culture thanks to the popularity of social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook, and that is unlikely to change anytime soon.
Former NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg thought he had a winning strategy in this regard on Wednesday in the immediate aftermath of his announcement that he was dropping out of the Democratic presidential primary race after getting destroyed on Super Tuesday .
In addition to declaring his candidacy over, Bloomberg made clear he was throwing the full weight of his campaign resources behind Joe Biden. In his official statement and on social media, Blooomberg stated he was “leaving the race for the same reason [he entered it]: to defeat Donald Trump.”
As if to confirm this, just minutes after he tweeted a link to his announcement, Bloomberg posted a Star Wars video clip showing Obi Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader battling each other using lightsabers. It was the scene where Vader told Obi Wan that his powers were weak. Obi Wan responded by saying “if you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine.”
Bloomberg included a brief “See you soon, Donald” message in the tweet:
— Mike Bloomberg (@MikeBloomberg) March 4, 2020
Trump, of course, was not going to let that one go by without a response. He replied by taunting Bloomberg over his height, comparing him to Rick Moranis’ character in “Spaceballs”:
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 5, 2020
Here’s the original clip, for those interested in taking a trip down memory lane:
It was hilarious that Bloomberg fancied himself as an Obi Wan-type figure sacrificing for The Cause™, and even more hilarious when Trump turned the tables on him. Let’s just say a prayer for the person who created Trump’s meme, that CNN won’t go after him. 😉