Is Emmanuel Macron the new leader of the free world?
Politico magazine declared him such in the days before his visit to the United States, and his grip on the title seems to have strengthened after a rousing speech to the United States Congress, in which American lawmakers gave him standing ovations as he denounced Trump’s outlook and policies without being so rude as to name his host.
“Personally, if you ask me, I do not share the fascination for new, strong powers, the abandonment of freedom and the illusion of nationalism,” Macron said, drawing loud cheers from the floor of Congress.
— NotMyPresident (@ironstowe) April 25, 2018
The reaction was swift, with MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle questioning how this changes America’s standing in the world.
“Is Macron angling to be the world leader?” she asked. “President Trump has made it clear: America first, American alone.”
Here’s how the reaction played out on Twitter.
Macron is working on his Leader of the Free World cred.
— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) April 25, 2018
— God 😇 🌊🌊🌊 (@GodcallsBS) April 25, 2018
Macron is doing IT. Gave a rebuke of dangerous isolationist and nationalist tendencies to a standing ovation of the entire Congress.
He’s really coming for that leader of the free world title. pic.twitter.com/b5mijK8noI
— Andrew Mitchell (@admitchellGA) April 25, 2018
Macron is now the acting leader of the free world.
— Windsor Mann (@WindsorMann) April 25, 2018
Even some Trump supporters agreed Macron’s commanding performance put him in pole position—and chided Republicans for standing as macron took the baton from the U.S.
I was very disappointed to see @VP , @SpeakerRyan, and the @HouseGOP, & @SenateGOP not clap or stand up during @EmmanuelMacron‘s speech when he discussed #ClimateChange, #Illiberalism, and #Nationalism. Macron sounds like the new leader of the free world. Trump gave it up.
— StopHimNow (@Saintsfan5348) April 25, 2018