It’s a new day and we’re still thinking about the fucking White House burgers. Yes, we have already addressed US President Donald Trump‘s decision to feed America‘s new college football champions piles of fast food, and yes, we’ve tackled the grim absurdity of seeing those burgers stacked on silver platters while Trump winces under a portrait of Abraham Lincoln.
That said, God has abandoned us, so there’s been a development in this lobotomising story: Trump tweeted about the burgers. He inflated his initial estimate of the number of burgers he ordered. He spelled “hamburgers” wrong. And Burger King then called him out for it.
Trump took to Twitter after welcoming the Clemson Tigers to the White House, saying he purchased “1000 hamberders (sic)“ for the triumphant team.
Hamberders. In the interests of full disclosure, the author of this piece is not immune to the occasional typo, but ‘hamberders’ implies a fundamental misunderstanding of what, exactly, a burger is.
That tweet was swiftly deleted and replaced, however the claim he bought 1,000 burgers remained. That’s patently untrue. He didn’t buy 1,000 burgers. A full college football team, meat-lusted and ravenous after reaching a national championship, would not need that many burgers. Photos of the incident (oh Christ, the photos) suggest that his first estimate of 300 burgers was way over the top.
Great being with the National Champion Clemson Tigers last night at the White House. Because of the Shutdown I served them massive amounts of Fast Food (I paid), over 1000 hamburgers etc. Within one hour, it was all gone. Great guys and big eaters!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 15, 2019
Tellingly, the major fast food brands included in that spread decided not to gloat about the unexpected appearance of their grub in the White House. While Wendy’s and McDonald’s have in recent years adopted a chatty and tongue-in-cheek approach to social media, neither chain made the even most cursory of celebrations after that free advertising.
Neither did Burger King, until they unleashed this post (yes, we understand this post still capitalises on the fact that Trump brought sacks of burg into the White House, but come on: it takes a majorly shitty president to deter a major fast food franchise from boasting about their appreciation of the brand).
due to a large order placed yesterday, we're all out of hamberders.
just serving hamburgers today.
— Burger King (@BurgerKing) January 15, 2019
I want to get off Mr Bones’ Wild Ride.
Trump served fast food during the Clemson University football team's White House visit because of the shutdown. He said it was either that or have the First Lady make them salads. pic.twitter.com/Aw67Tb9TgU
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) January 15, 2019
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