Fresh off the G20 Summit, President Trump was smack talking toward China on Twitter on Tuesday morning. In doing so, he spread confusion and sent the stock market tumbling while essentially threatening a trade war against China over what his administration perceives as trade abuses. The president wants to add to the already hefty duties imposed by the U.S. on Chinese goods, and he’d like to add an additional $267 billion in tariffs if Chinese President Xi Jinping doesn’t push Beijing to alter its ways.
No one’s quite sure how Trump plans to get his way (and, in turn, pass on the cost of these tariffs to the U.S. people), but what’s also grabbing attention is how Trump phrased one of his tweets. “….I am a Tariff Man,” he declared. “When people or countries come in to raid the great wealth of our Nation, I want them to pay for the privilege of doing so. It will always be the best way to max out our economic power. We are right now taking in $billions in Tariffs. MAKE AMERICA RICH AGAIN”
Since a great deal of social media simply cannot look away from these tweets, you can guess what happened next. This self-proclaimed nickname, “Tariff Man,” has led to a wealth of jokes, including some superhero-related tweets that speculate about this newly minted Trump persona.
Even Daily Wire Editor-In-Chief Ben Shapiro got in on the game.
Do you want Elton John lyrics and a There Will Be Blood reference? You got it.
Not to mention an obligatory crack from the fake “Official News feed of Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea.”
Others hypothesized that Trump might be trying to pull a crossover with “Scott Free,” which is an odd misspelling of a medieval reference from his Monday tweets. However, Scott Free is actually a DC Comics Superhero with an alter ego called “Mister Miracle,” so who knows?
In all seriousness, however, some users pointed out that Trump doesn’t appear to realize that the costs of his tariffs will be unavoidably passed onto U.S. consumers. Whoops.