In a particularly unchill and straight-up-outrageous election cycle, Twitter has taken a greater role than ever in furthering the political discussion around candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. At this point in our nation’s history the two have grown to represent the two polarized spectrums of our great nation. Issues such as immigration, foreign affairs and the economy have generated splits that go beyond a simple difference of opinion.
Of course, the starkness between their two positions has led to a lot of extreme rhetoric, including the way Clinton characterized Donald Trump’s supporters at a fundraiser last night:
“To just be grossly generalistic, you can put half of Trump supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. Right? Racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic, you name it.”
She’s not really wrong in that sense (as his continued behavior of the course of months and even years has shown to be true), but gross generalizations strike many people as gross, and being the responsible candidate she is, Clinton has already walked the statement back.
But the real story here involves another (failed) presidential candidate, one former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, who attempted to weigh in on the matter. Here’s his, uh, rhyming tweet on the subject:
Now, I personally think Twitter has become a toxic haven that enables and supports the kind of bullying behavior that is in general bad for humankind and the opposite of the gentleness we should cultivate toward one another. But… in some cases the way that Twitter claps back against those who seek to circulate ignorant and downright embarrassing rhetoric is, well, right and noble and good. So the way that Twitter has banded together — particularly to compare Huckabee’s sad attempts at rhyme to the world of hip-hop — is something that made my day today.
Here’s a smattering of the hilarious responses and jokes that noble Twitter users have assembled to help assuage the pain that this man is an actual political figure in our nation.
We’ll always have Twitter. Join in if you want… maybe I’ll update the post with more if some good ones come through.