The first family, it seems, sets no limit to its insensitivity.
As Ivanka Trump tweeted a picture of herself with husband Jared Kushner, all dressed up for a night out, the White House announced it was hosting a screening of the Disney Pixar’s beloved comedy, “Finding Dory” — a story about a blue tang fish who suffers from memory loss every few seconds and was separated from her parents when she was a small fry.
President Trump hosting a screening of "Finding Dory" this afternoon in the White House theatre for staff and family— Kevin Liptak (@Kevinliptakcnn) January 29, 2017
Presidents have enjoyed the privilege of watching movies since Woodrow Wilson first screened “The Birth of a Nation.” Hence, as soon as protests erupted in response to President Donald Trump’s draconian immigration, he decided he would block it all out with a perfectly timed screening of the movie — which is, incidentally, a movie about a fish that travels to reunite with her family, something that Trump, with his executive orders, is now preventing in real life.
Twitter users took note of parallels and inundated social media with ironic tweets.
"Mr trump there are mass protests going on rn"— RyansAverageLife (@RyanAbe) January 29, 2017
"Idc im watching finding dory"
"But...sir...its getting bad"
"WRONG Just keep swimming OK"
Nero played the fiddle while Rome burned. Trump watched Finding Dory— Alex Dortenzio (@Dortayy) January 30, 2017
At 3pm, Trump is hosting a screening of Finding Dory, a movie about what happens when you're separated from your family.— Alex Zalben (@azalben) January 29, 2017
Let that sink in.
Trump is watching a movie where the heroine sneaks past security and a wall to try to reunite with her family.https://t.co/jWhswinIyz— Mark Hill (@mehil) January 29, 2017
I can't get over Trump making time to watch "Finding Dory" today in the middle of a national crisis he dropped on us like a Friday newsdump.— Saeed Jones (@theferocity) January 30, 2017
Trump today:— Jonathan Jewel (@jonathanjewel) January 30, 2017
1) Watches Finding Dory - a movie about family separation
2) Becomes enraged
3) Tweets about World War III
Odd that Trump is watching Finding Dory today, a movie about reuniting with family when he's preventing it in real life.— Albert Brooks (@AlbertBrooks) January 29, 2017
Trump is screening FINDING DORY at the WH today. The story of a fish who wants to be reunited with her family.— Laurie Crosswell ?? (@lauriecrosswell) January 29, 2017
Others have also pointed out the similarity between Dory’s nonexistent attention span with Trump’s:
Trump's 1st White House screening is Finding Dory, a film about a brightly colored motormouth cartoon w/no attention span.— John Fugelsang (@JohnFugelsang) January 29, 2017
It should also be noted that the movie gives a lesson in environmental conservation: Dory travels through the endangered Great Barrier Reef and goes to a place that serves as a rehabilitation habitat for animals harmed by pollution. Hence it’s ironic that Trump chose to watch it since he himself denies the existence of climate change.
Soon after the controversy White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer tweeted Trump spent “60 seconds” greeting White House staff and their children.
Actually he spent 60 seconds welcoming & thanking spouses & children of WH staff then right back to work: up next 7pm call w South Korea https://t.co/opr1NVRZsj— Sean Spicer (@PressSec) January 29, 2017
This may be the worst comeback ever.
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