On Wednesday, January 17th, President Trump released the "Fake News Awards," mocking titles given to media outlets who have been critical of his Presidency. While the fact that incoming traffic almost immediately crashed the GOP's servers is pretty funny, there's nothing funny about the President of the United States actively deriding our independent press and sewing the seeds of doubt around provable fact. On top of all that, the internet also felt Trump's awards were a prime example hypocrisy, with Trump himself having made more than 2,000 false statements since taking office (according to the Washington Post).
Snarkmasters everywhere took to Twitter to express their displeasure. It was beautiful.
Where does the real threat lie?
As it turns out, many #MAGAphones are starting to figure out that the #FakeNewsAward should go to their fake president, that proclaimed he would drain the swamp. As it turns out, the swamp is the ONLY ecosystem he's protected. pic.twitter.com/rHyzEr31gu— Cimbrelo vs Keating (@Bill_Cimbrelo) January 18, 2018
Some stars acted like they were vying for one of the President's awards.
I'd love for BuzzFeed to win, but really it's an honor to just live under an administration that devalues the press— Chris McDaniel (@csmcdaniel) January 18, 2018
Many Twitter users don't have a very flattering view of the President.
Just 51 hours until the government shuts down, and the GOP is more focused on their #FakeNewsAwards than doing their own jobs. Not only does the GOP control every branch of government, but Trump refused to sign their bi-partisan bill. As always, they will try to blame the Dems.— William LeGate (@williamlegate) January 18, 2018
You know things are getting serious when Cthulhu makes and appearance...
Many people thought Fox News was strangely unrepresented on the list.
Twitter summed it up pretty well:
Can’t handle how embarassing this Fake News Awards list is. It’s the definition of a snowflake nitpicking minor errors while 99% of Trump’s statements are flat out lies.— handsome mustache boy (@jules_su) January 18, 2018
I mean, holy sh*t, “Trump dumps box of fish food” is one of his top ten “fake news” topics.
While, on a personal level, Trump's absurd conduct can verge on the hilarious, it's also important to remember he's the President of the United States and this behavior is deeply unsettling.