The conservative event dubbed “Operation American Spring” came and went without much of the uproar or call to arms organizers promised they would rain down upon President Barack Obama.
And after observing the “protest” fall flat in real time, several observers on Twitter used the tag #AmericanSpringExcuses to post their best guesses as to why the “10 to 30 million” viewers were supposed to expect never materialized in Washington D.C.
Some folks, of course, had prior obligations:
— LOLGOP (@LOLGOP) May 16, 2014
#AmericanSpringexcuses But there's this huge clearance sale of Duck Dynasty merchandise at Walmart!
— Randall Flagg (@VegasWalkinDude) May 17, 2014
Others might have supported the cause, but weren’t the traveling type to begin with:
— Very Serious People™ (@TheXclass) May 17, 2014
#AmericanSpringexcuses it's so dangerous to be a white man in Obama's America, that they all stayed home.
— Katie Halper (@kthalps) May 17, 2014
Others suspected technical difficulties:
— Bill (@tomservo10) May 17, 2014
#AmericanSpringexcuses Thought leaf blower was drone spent all day hiding in basement.
— Nostradeptus (@adept2u) May 16, 2014
And, hey, sometimes people just get derailed by the new and unknown:
#AmericanSpringExcuses Saw a black person. Ran away.
— Red Pill America (@RedPillAmerica) May 16, 2014
I was almost there, we stopped, drank some juice boxes and now I'm gay according to Alex Jones #AmericanSpringexcuses
— Patrick (@QuadCityPat) May 17, 2014
(Public service announcement: Any Jones fans who might find themselves lovestruck might find luck — and love — at the Infowars dating site.)
Of course, the attention was so disproportionate to the actual attendance on Friday that we wouldn’t blame you for wondering how it all turned out.
— Lizz Winstead (@lizzwinstead) May 17, 2014
But our Senior Freedom Correspondent tells us that judging the event’s “success” depends how you look at it:
#AmericanSpringExcuses There WERE ten million of us, you just couldn't see us because of the camo.
— TBogg (@tbogg) May 16, 2014