President Donald Trump frequently derided Washington D.C. as a “swamp” that he promised to drain. Although he was being metaphorical, the nation’s capital was actually partially built on a real swamp, and it’s because of that, that sinkholes are popping up around the city — including two on the White House lawn.
Voice of America reporter Steve Herman took note of the sinkholes earlier in the week. At first, there was only one to report on.
“It was noticeably bigger between Sunday and Monday,” Herman said. “It’s more than a foot long right now.”
There now appear to be two sinkholes on the lawn. The internet, of course, was quick to comment on the issue, taking aim at the sinkholes as allegories for the politics of the day.
resistance icon This Sinkhole https://t.co/Xcpl9buTAl— Jessica Roy (@JessicaKRoy) May 22, 2018
Wrong. Not a sinkhole. An actual portal to Hell. Hell, I don't even believe in Hell but I am now convinced we're all going to be dragged there.— Jeff Haddon (@JeffnRoundRock) May 22, 2018
Melania's escape tunnel has caved in.— Dave Dombroski (@wireman651) May 22, 2018
It matches the one in the Oval Office.— John Scalzi (@scalzi) May 22, 2018
Sinkhole develops on White House lawn https://t.co/j5cAlIRAvQ
"There's no sinkhole here and you're all liars," says Sarah Huckabee Sanders, standing knee-deep in mud on White House lawn— Dan Jakes (@DanEJakes) May 22, 2018
DID YOU CREATE THAT SINKHOLE? pic.twitter.com/CvwoGzRN6N— Adam Mincks (@RufusOverYrHead) May 22, 2018
Sinkhole appears in White House lawn.— Santa Claus, CEO 🎅🏻 (@SantaInc) May 22, 2018
There is no greater metaphor for the Trump Administration than the literal gates of hell opening up in the White House backyard like in 1987's "The Gate".
The sinkhole has even inspired a Twitter account to be created in its honor.
Herman shared an update that the sinkhole has now been covered.
These types of jokes would likely be made to a certain extent regardless of who was residing in the White House. However, because of Trump’s disastrous presidency so far (in such a short time being in office), it’s likely that these jokes are more prevalent than normal.
Indeed, as the old idiom states, there’s a grain of truth behind every joke — and in this instance, the symbolism of the sinkhole being near the White House isn’t difficult to notice.
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