Ask the Twitterverse a question and you shall never be disappointed. This rule is definitely holding true for the question of what legacy the nation's 45th president will leave behind him, and the results are both surprising and anything but. These "Trump's Legacy Will Be" tweets will show you, if nothing else, that the gulf in the middle of the political spectrum is a deep one. The nation sees Trump from two different perspectives — and no matter how the rest of his presidency goes, it's likely that that gulf is not going to disappear easily.
Really, it all depends on what sources of information you trust. Congressional Republicans, the right-wing media, and Trump himself say that he's doing great. If you choose to listen to the mainstream media, however, the view is not so rosy. From the perspective of the left — and increasingly across the political spectrum — there's a good possibility that Trump has committed several potentially impeachable offenses, and he's a dangerous threat to the whole nation. Or, at best, he's a total buffoon and an embarrassment.
Looking through the #TrumpsLegacyWillBe tweets will show you all of these perspectives, often in very clever ways. So sit back with some popcorn and watch the responses roll in, or just take a look here at some of the best ones.
1In The President's Own Words
I haven't seen this quotation from the president himself yet, but if I did, I wouldn't exactly be surprised.
2A Twitter Legacy For The Tweeter In Chief
Seems reasonable to expect.
3Trump's Legacy Will Be... Someone Else's Legacy
Technically, Pence was elected... as vice president. But I'm not going to be picky here.
4In A Perfect World
#TrumpsLegacyWillBe— Dreamweasel (@Dreamweasel) May 17, 2017
A cautionary tale of how an inexperienced & uninformed bigot who refuses to show his taxes might not be a good leader
Surprising that the world needed to experience this cautionary tale in real life — or is it?
5It's Only Fitting
He does have the maturity level of a child, according to many.
6Why Is The Tiny Hand Thing So Hard To Forget?
This just paints such an evocative picture.
7Hope On The Right
This line has been parried around a lot lately, but it's interesting that this Republican commentator would consider him and his party to be the oppressed side right now.
8A Lesson About Honesty
Maybe the lack of honesty on the campaign trail should have been a hint...
9Draining The Swamp?
#TrumpsLegacyWillBe The beginning, when the American people started the process of rooting out the establishment— Justsayin' (@6bird4) May 17, 2017
Hard to say which "establishment" this guy is talking about, considering who Trump has put on his cabinet.
10This Would Be A Real Surprise
Surprisingly enough, this commentator does not consider Fox News to be a corporate, journalistic entity.
11Short And To The Point
We tried, and we tried, and we tried.
12A Blurring Of The Truth
"Citizens armed with the internet report the TRUTH" might be the most terrifying sentence I've read this far into Trump's presidency.
13Damaging For Democrats?
#TrumpsLegacyWillBe literally demolishing the Democratic Party, saving Western Civilization and exposing extreme media bias and corruption.— Jack Murphy (@RealJack) May 17, 2017
I think we disagree on the meaning of just about every word that you've used.
14Now, This Would Be A Real Achievement
Potentially colluding with an adversary to win an election? Yeah, that's serious.
15No Words Necessary
This was never going to end well.
16The Last Four Months Notwithstanding
#TrumpsLegacyWillBe awesome.— Wyatt Yasuhito (@waynut1_0) May 17, 2017
Here are the list:
30ft Border wall
More jobs going back
Bad hombres gone
Despite the setbacks on all of those fronts that Trump as faced so far, this guy is still feeling optimistic.
17A Year Ago, This Seemed Impossible
I mean, Nixon never fired his FBI director.
18This Has Worked Well So Far
As expected, the courts are playing a YUGE role in Trump's presidency.
19An Interesting Perspective
#TrumpsLegacyWillBe draining the swamp, because as he goes down he is going to suck down with him all those who sold their souls for power— MarkGPMI (@MarkGPMI) May 17, 2017
Tainted by association, and all that.
20This Has Already Happened
The time the religious right and GOP went to the mat in defense of a lying, thrice married, womanizing, draft dodger. #TrumpsLegacyWillBe— Greg Boggis (@BoggisNews) May 17, 2017
It's a very special person who can bring all of those qualities together and still be supported by the party that claims "family values" as their own.
21Best Case Scenario
#TrumpsLegacyWillBe that he wasn't around long enough to leave a legacy— Paul Matthew (@2FirstsMP) May 17, 2017
He's no William Henry Harrison, but at least you can hope that this turmoil will be short-lived.
Well, there you have it. The tweets keep rolling in, but the fundamental disagreement is clear — greatest president ever? Or greatest national embarrassment ever? Only time will tell, but the cards seem to be falling pretty convincingly in the latter of those directions.