'Everybody hurts': Trump's sad 'walk of shame' after Tulsa rally delights critics

Video of Trump disembarking Marine One after lower than expected turnout as his campaign rally has been captioned, narrated and set to music in memes

Trump returns to the White House in Washington DC after his rally in Tulsa Saturday.
Trump returns to the White House in Washington DC after his rally in Tulsa Saturday. Photograph: REX/Shutterstock

Considering there are few aspects of his job that Donald Trump seems to actually enjoy, besides speaking to his fervent fan base, Saturday’s rally in Tulsa was meant to help the rudderless president get his stride back.

With the coronavirus pandemic having kept Trump from the campaign trail for months, advisers had hoped the energy of the crowd would bolster his flagging spirits.

It does not seem to have worked.

Confronted with a much lower-than-expected turnout for an event the campaign had touted as being in high demand, the president was reportedly angered and dumbfounded.

A video of Trump disembarking Marine One back in Washington later that night captured the seemingly exhausted and defeated tenor of the president perfectly.

howardfineman (@howardfineman)

This picture of #Trump at Andrews after the #Tulsa disaster is unlike any we’ve ever seen. Ever the dime-store dramaturg, he’s undone his tie and put on the look of a defeated man. He thinks he’s crafting a new script as a Comeback Kid. He doesn’t realize that he really HAS lost. pic.twitter.com/GO4y3D7QIZ

June 21, 2020

Naturally Trump critics were quick to make sport of the video and still pictures from the “walk of shame.” When was the last time, as many asked on Twitter, you saw a man walking, quite literally, with his hat in his hand?

Devin Nunes Mom (@NotDevinsMom)

This is the look of defeat.
This is the true #WalkofShame.
This is glorious to see. pic.twitter.com/J8SHhzp3O3

June 21, 2020

Others likened the president seeming to divine a foreboding turn for his fortunes to other leaders throughout history in a similar position.

Alexander (@Alexand67640050)

Who wears his downfall better? pic.twitter.com/KN0IKnZlyN

June 21, 2020

Or to a dejected New York Mets fan heading 凯发官网网址多少home after a brutal loss.

Richard Staff (@Staff7998)

People heading for the 7 Train after a 12-1 loss at citi field pic.twitter.com/03DwK2Hv9U

June 21, 2020

Or to 凯发官网网址多少homer Simpson.

Or to Cersei Lannister from Game of Thrones.

Far and away the most common fun being had was with layering in musical choices including selections from the likes of Radiohead, REM, Foreigner, Simon and Garfunkel, Johnny Cash and the plaintive closing credits piano from the Incredible Hulk television show.

Marc Caputo (@MarcACaputo)

It wouldve never occurred to me to use Foreigner’s “I want to know what love is” as a soundtrack for the video of a post-rally President Trump tiredly walking, tie undone and MAGA-hat-in-hand, at the White Housepic.twitter.com/ltACg09zfn

June 21, 2020
Krister Johnson (@KristerJohnson)

This turned out almost too tragic to post. I'm very very sorry @realDonaldTrump #EverybodyHurts pic.twitter.com/d3nlAL1WAT

June 21, 2020

This morning, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany insisted on Fox News that Trump was actually happy with the sleepy, low energy crowd. “The president was not angry at all,” she said. “The president was quite energized. I was with him after the rally. It was a huge success. His speech got rave reviews. He was in good spirits on Marine One.”