The collapse of the Russian and Ukrainian impeachment hoaxes has left a huge void to fill in the left’s ceaseless war on the will of the American voter.
Though, on Sunday, liberal pundits and journalists averted their longing gaze from Eastern Europe and focused on something far closer to home, to satisfy their need for evidence of Trumpian evil: The president’s car.
The presidential limousine, known to many as “The Beast,” led the field of drivers on a pace lap at the Daytona 500. The scene was unlike any other we’ve scene in previous Daytona races, as the president rode in his official vehicle and led the more than 40 drivers around the track.
However, several members of the mainstream media were less than enthralled with the intermingling of presidential power with the Great American Race.
NBC White House Correspondent Kelly O’Donnell noted that the trip to Daytona was an “official White House event.” Meaning, that the president’s appearance and trip around the track in “The Beast,” was paid for by the “taxpayers.”
This was an official White House event therefore paid by taxpayers as @realDonaldTrump @FLOTUS attended Daytona 500 today and “The Beast” limo ran a pace car lap around the track. pic.twitter.com/xb0QdBYEEI
— Kelly O'Donnell (@KellyO) February 16, 2020
However, most of the taxpayers who responded to O’Donnell’s tweet, seemed to have no problem with the presidential trip around the track.
And America loved it.
— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) February 16, 2020
Great. Love it. Showing the flag, just as at the Super Bowl.
(NOTE: unlike Zero, he ain't in Hawaii every week)
— Larry Schweikart (@LarrySchweikart) February 16, 2020
Garbage like this is likely why you get the hand. pic.twitter.com/dr6ZWuRfux
— Alisa Allen (@AlisaAl47676195) February 16, 2020
Former Democratic Congresswoman Katie Hill seemed to have trouble knowing what to do with the abundance of emotions that President Trump’s trip in “The Beast” had stirred up.
At a restaurant. Trump and a motorcade at the Daytona 500 comes on the TV. I literally don’t know whether to laugh or cry or scream or just sigh. All. We’re gonna go with all.
— Katie Hill (@KatieHill4CA) February 16, 2020
Several Twitter users offered encouragement for Hill and her emotional conundrum.
If history is any indication, you’re perfectly capable of doing three things at once. https://t.co/YYlGlWzS3g
— Jesse Kelly (@JesseKellyDC) February 16, 2020
The amount of glee it gives me that Katie Hill is upset by this is probably unhealthy, but I don't care. Triggered liberals are hysterical. https://t.co/emBPVT4MXT
— Chicks On The Right (@chicksonright) February 17, 2020
You will get used to it. 4 more years coming soon.
— Terry Waldrop (@TerryWaldrop) February 17, 2020
I hope you managed to survive a Trump showing up on TV. It must have been incredibly difficult.
— MICHELLE (@Ummmmichelle) February 16, 2020
And of course, who could forget New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman, who sounded like she was preparing a legal charge against the president for his lap around the track.
Using the official apparatus of government for what appears to be a political event https://t.co/GWNm8io8O1
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) February 16, 2020
Others opined as well:
“Trump had no public events listed on the presidential schedule for Sunday.
The reason why no other president has taken a lap in the presidential limo at Daytona before is that it is illegal.
Donald Trump didn’t make history on Sunday.
He broke another law.” https://t.co/qIwtxp6K66
— Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) February 16, 2020
Did taxpayers just pay for Air Force One to do a flyover and deposit Trump to be driven around in his limousine – and all the Secret Service this stunt must have entailed? #DAYTONA500
— Amy Siskind 🏳️🌈 (@Amy_Siskind) February 17, 2020
Your Grifter Daddy blew another $3 Million of our Tax Dollars today, having Air Force One fly around the race track during his campaign event.
And he just cut more Food Stamps from Americans, including Children & the Elderly.
November can't come soon enough to get rid of Trump!
— Maureen Antonio (@santamonicamoe) February 16, 2020
Congressman Steve Scalise (R-LA) knew that sharing video of Trump in “The Beast” might trigger a bout of Trump Derangement Syndrome, and he was right.
The presidential limo is not owned by Trump. It is owned by the taxpayers. Trump went to the Daytona 500 as part of his presidential election campaign. It wasn’t an official presidential event.
— AlanG (@A_l_a_n__G) February 16, 2020
@realDonaldTrump HAS BEEN IMPEACHED FOREVER @realDonaldTrump HAS BEEN IMPEACHED FOREVER @realDonaldTrump HAS BEEN IMPEACHED FOREVER @realDonaldTrump HAS BEEN IMPEACHED FOREVER @realDonaldTrump HAS BEEN IMPEACHED FOREVER @realDonaldTrump HAS BEEN IMPEACHED FOREVER
— Ellen Gottke (@elgo610) February 16, 2020
The Daytona 500 is of course, the Great American Race, not a “political event.” However, the president will soon depart for a swing through the Western states of Arizona, Nevada, and Colorado. Those will be political events, Air Force 1 and “The Beast” will also make the trip.
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