The White House turned off the external lights Sunday night as protests raged nearby, and the unusual reaction served as a metaphor for President Donald Trump’s leadership during the latest crisis.
The president was also whisked away to an underground bunker as Washington, D.C., police fired tear gas at protesters, who set fire to prominent structures across the city as part of nationwide demonstrations against police brutality.
— Alex Cole (@acnewsitics) June 1, 2020
For the first time since 1889, the lights of the White House were turned off, The President Donald Trump takes refuge in the bunker, and fires are started in the surroundings. Explosions, protests and injuries reported in Washington, D.C.#BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/I6m9khHvlv
— ven (@hiddlesgold) June 1, 2020
Make no mistake-the White House was trying to hide by turning off all the lights last night. Stoke the hate, then run…how pathetic.
— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) June 1, 2020
— Steve Belovarich (@iplayitofflegit) June 1, 2020
Like all other strong men, Donald Trump is a coward and soft and terrified. Hiding in the White House and turning off the lights is all on brand. These are insecure, sad little men who build themselves up with the iconography of fascism to hide their fear.
— Jared Yates Sexton (@JYSexton) June 1, 2020
did the White House really turn the lights off like it’s Halloween and they ran out of Snickers
— david byrnes scream at the end of road to nowhere (@rachelmillman) June 1, 2020
This is eerily symbolic of the Trump Administration. In the midst of multiple crises He turns of the lights in the White House:
– Global pandemic with more than 100,000 people dead in the US.
– More than 40 million people unemployed
– Coast to Coast Protests pic.twitter.com/WKSRJ2yOqI
— Karine Jean-Pierre (@K_JeanPierre) June 1, 2020
White House turning off its lights and pretending no one’s home, as if there’s been a president there for the last three and a half years.
— Victoria/V.E. Schwab (@veschwab) June 1, 2020
This looks like me hiding from trick or treaters https://t.co/5GdnwskGAH
— Dear Summer…. (@theNFLchick) June 1, 2020
in solidarity with the White House, i turned off the light in my fish aquarium and unplugged the microwave so the blinking 12:00 would go dark.
— hend amry (@LibyaLiberty) June 1, 2020
— Angélica Serrano-Román (@angelicaserran0) June 1, 2020
The White House went dark, turning off almost all of its external lights, as protesters set fires nearby and thousands again defied curfews to demonstrate against police brutality. Smoke was seen rising near the Washington Monument. https://t.co/pmtsjrQp7l pic.twitter.com/0twHpsWjPk
— The New York Times (@nytimes) June 1, 2020
LOL he turned the lights off and is hiding the same way I do from trick or treaters pic.twitter.com/XjWIPfjpyN
— Vickie Comedy (@VickieComedy) June 1, 2020
I have never seen this in my entire life. I lived in DC and worked at a restaurant two blocks from here and rode my bike by the White House every night at around 2am. The lights were always on. This absolutely sums up this administration. Nobody’s home. https://t.co/Uk2rhxE1Wj pic.twitter.com/ACjZtaaRPR
— Duff Goldman (@duffgoldman) June 1, 2020
He's NOT the president…for a few more months that is….meanwhile the president has turned off the lights on the White House and is sucking his thumb in his wittle baby bunker #BunkerBoy #BunkerDon #bunkerbitch pic.twitter.com/5TAJjBAy4M
— GüerasforBeto (@cockygirltx) June 1, 2020
I have to admit, Trump sealed up in the white house with the lights out while the whole world hates him is kind of perfect. That image is forever and he will never be able to spin it away.
— Todd Poirier (@todd_poirier) June 1, 2020
Trump allowing the White House lights to be dimmed and his evacuation to the PEOC are acts of cowardice. He quakes and melts under pressure. He is falling apart. He is weak and derelict in his duty. https://t.co/e2bCk89Y0n
— Steve Schmidt (@SteveSchmidtSES) June 1, 2020
Donald Trump has turned off all the lights in & around The White House.
Probably to make all the protestors think he isn’t home, like some of us do to Trick or Treaters on Halloween. pic.twitter.com/EA4dwzD3xv
— #BlackLivesMatter (@_KrayNine) June 1, 2020
— ☂ #RemovePresidentManson #AntiRacist (Ripvan) (@RipvanN) June 1, 2020