Nature acts in mysterious ways. After a rather big sinkhole formed in front of Mar-a-Lago, Donald Trump's luxury resort in Palm Beach, Florida, people couldn't help but offer some theories on the hole, which is reportedly four feet wide. From linking the hole to Trump's recent photo with a glowing orb in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to asking if it's an omen from the heavens, the internet reacted to the sinkhole in front of Mar-a-Lago with a ton of takes. It makes sense that everyone reacted to the news, considering how Trump's golf course and luxury resort is known as the "second White House" — one that has cost American taxpayers millions of dollars.
According to the traffic alert from the main website of the town of Palm Beach, "A 4' x 4' sinkhole has formed on Southern Boulevard directly in front of Mar-a-Lago. It appears to be in the vicinity of the newly installed water main. West Palm Beach Utilities distribution crews have secured the area and will most likely need to do some exploratory excavation today. One lane is closed but the road remains open. Please pay attention to signs."
One person joked that the metaphor for the sinkhole was a little too obvious and joked about a scenario where "God's Short Story Workshop instructor handed this one back to him with the note 'metaphor too on-the-nose. B-.'"
Another person pretended to take on Trump's oratory style: "[I]t is a beautiful sinkhole. The best sinkhole in history. A model sinkhole for all future sinkholes."
@thehill 🍊Look, I have the best sinkhole. Everyone's talking about my sinkhole. It's yuge. Tremendous. Really. Great, great sinkhole. Believe me. 🍊— Zachary Myers (@zachskymyers) May 22, 2017
Some even saw the sinkhole as a positive disruption for Mar-a-Lago, and asked if a hole that big and random could be supported. Imagine a political party called the Sinkhole Collective.
Recently, Trump's photo showing him palming a glowing orb at the Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology alongside Egypt's Abdel Fatah al Sissi along and Saudi Arabia's King Salman gained a lot of attention and jokes. So it only made sense for the internet to bring that photo up again and connect the dots. Did the glowing orb open the gates to hell? Who knows.
Someone joked that Melania Trump was building an escape tunnel:
@townpalmbeach Aw man. Melania's escape tunnel must have collapsed.— Adam Hall (@the_adam_hall) May 22, 2017
At the end of the day, the sinkhole in front of Mar-a-Lago is probably going to be just another tiring repair project for the crew at West Palm Beach Utilities. But nature's sense of irony is always worth bonding over. Especially when nature decides to create a random hole in Trump's "second White House."