President-elect Donald Trump took to his preferred social media platform Tuesday evening to show gratitude to one of his most favorite people, himself. In a tweet sharing that the U.S. Consumer Confidence Index reached a 15-year high in December, Trump ended with the words "Thanks Donald!" giving himself sole credit for an economic watermark that has nothing to do with anything he himself has done. It didn't take long for his self-congratulatory words to take off on the website and #ThanksDonald responses are ranging from grateful to sarcastic, both at extremes.
#ThanksDonald is reminiscent of #ThanksObama, a sarcastic right-wing complaint turned sarcastic left-wing hashtag praising Obama's accomplishments. The president himself referenced the equivocal phrase at a Hillary Clinton rally in September after listing some of his achievements as president. But while Obama did so using a sort of tongue-in-cheek humor, the notoriously prideful president-elect seems to have tweeted "Thanks Donald" in earnest, giving the impression that he truly believes the rise of the U.S. Consumer Confidence Index is a direct result of his election — many economic analysts would argue otherwise.
Either way, #ThanksDonald is the hashtag du jour and Twitter users from both sides of the political fence are using it to express their feelings on the president-to-be. Some are showing earnest appreciation of Trump, while others are doing so in mockery or contempt.
The U.S. Consumer Confidence Index for December surged nearly four points to 113.7, THE HIGHEST LEVEL IN MORE THAN 15 YEARS! Thanks Donald!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 28, 2016
The Appreciative #ThanksDonald Tweets
Many of the earnest #ThanksDonald tweets have to do with Trump's supposed takedown of mainstream media outlets, illustrating just how much his anti-journalist rhetoric has resonated with individuals.
#ThanksDonald for taking on the corrupt mainstream media, the puppet politicians, big banks, globalists, Hollywood, and defeating them all!— Makada 🇺🇸 (@_Makada_) December 28, 2016
#ThanksDonald for being anti-media ¬ politically correct. Thanks for not being afraid to bring up the hard questions Donald. We love you!— Irma Hinojosa 🇺🇸 (@latinaafortrump) December 28, 2016
#ThanksDonald for bringing the crap MSM to their knees & kicking them in the teeth.— Melanie (@Melanieny5404) December 28, 2016
While others praised his leadership and plans for his upcoming term.
#ThanksDonald for helping the voters realize that under the right leadership this country can go back to becoming the greatest on earth— Lucas Snyder (@lucas_s__) December 28, 2016
Be sure to say #ThanksDonald & to his family for shelving their total anonymity & comfortable style of living in order to serve our Republic— Suffragium (@BroknSuffragium) December 28, 2016
#ThanksDonald for giving Kellyanne Conway the opportunity to break a glass ceiling as the 1st campaign manager of a victorious campaign.— Josh (@JoshNoneYaBiz) December 28, 2016
The Sarcastic #ThanksDonald Tweets
Many #ThanksDonald tweets are echoing Trump's original tweet by thanking him for events he had no hand in.
There was toilet paper in the stall at the gym today. #thanksdonald— Joe Gasper (@ReactorJoe) December 28, 2016
While others are centered on calling out racism, misogyny, xenophobia, and bigotry in general.
#thanksdonald for giving all of your supporters the red hats; its easy to spot the homegrown terrorists now.— Republic Of Nasty (@Lucy2Legs) December 28, 2016
Because of you, I've discovered which of my friends were closeted racists before. #ThanksDonald— MalyndaHale (@MalyndaHale) December 28, 2016
#ThanksDonald For Using "Not Politically Correct" as An Excuse To Be Ignorant Offensive and Racist.— ✗ (@theforcefuI) December 28, 2016
Still others called Trump's fitness for office into question.
#thanksdonald not paying taxes, cheating on your wife, stiffing contactors,— Mark Ellis (@MarkEllis14) December 28, 2016
paying legal fees with other's donations, encouraging violence
#ThanksDonald for proving that it's possible for the loud, unqualified man to get the job over the over-qualified and intelligent woman.— Noah Ponko (@n_ponko) December 28, 2016
#ThanksDonald for showing that anyone, even an idiotic, mediocre, and racist businessman, can become President.— Patrick Nickle (@pnickle15) December 28, 2016
#ThanksDonald for being living proof that to become president-elect you don't have to have class, kindness, morals and good spelling.— directioner writer (@writersutopia) December 28, 2016
The Outright Critical #ThanksDonald Tweets
Then there were the tweets that didn't veil their criticisms of Trump under sarcasm at all.
I think Donald Trump is the first person I've ever seen Donald Trump thank. #ThanksDonald— Morgan Murphy (@morgan_murphy) December 28, 2016
The two greatest threats to our liberty will be totally ignored for the next four years. Income inequality and climate change #ThanksDonald— ♻️ Christopher Zullo (@ChrisJZullo) December 28, 2016
If the longevity of "Thanks, Obama" is any indication, this won't be the last time #ThanksDonald takes the internet by storm. And judging by Trump's own pattern of pompous behavior, this is far from the last time he will shower himself with praise.
Once Trump assumes office and gets to work, there will be even more occasions for his supporters to thank him and his opponents to "thank him." Either way, it seems Twitter will continue to be Trump's primary loudspeaker and venue for discussion for the millions responding to him.