There's an unwritten law of the Internet that there are just some things that, once you look at them, can't be unseen — and this drawing of Donald Duck that looks like Donald Trump is one example. It simply cannot be unseen.
At first, this disturbing optical illusion might seem like another thing for parents to share between Minion memes on Facebook. You might blink a few times, make sure your eyes adjust just right, and think about that creepy young girl/old woman illusion — but then you see him (them?): Donald squared.
The dazed, stoned-looking eyes, classic beak, and wispy feathers of this Donald Duck become the other Donald with just a flip of the frame— the eyes become tired and squinty, the little feather in the middle of his face becomes a tiny pouty mouth, and the beak becomes the iconic-if-unnatural arrangement of brassy blonde hair.
Maybe our threshold for what we find hilarious and captivating is off-kilter in the whiplash-y, shared fever dream of Trump's America — or maybe this is exactly as duckin' hilarious and mesmerizing as it seems.
An intrepid user at b3ta.com noticed the uncanny likeness over the weekend, comparing the iconic, often unintelligible, and quick-to-anger character to, uh, the other iconic, often unintelligible, and quick-to-anger character (that happens to be president of the United States). Yikes.
Naturally, Weird Twitter and the masses on Facebook were not only ready to receive this revelation with enthusiasm but to LVL up — taking the meme to greater, manic heights throughout the next few days.
This Is Like Lindsey Lohan In The Parent Trap, Right?
You never see Donald Duck and Donald Trump in the same room, do you? pic.twitter.com/BJHBd5UEtk— Phil Annets (@PhilAnnets) June 3, 2017
Some Other Theories Got Even #Darker
Donald Duck died and was replaced by Donald Trump: a conspiracy theory thread pic.twitter.com/tCNuSs9prN— Luiza (@luizamdc) June 3, 2017
Step aside Avril Lavigne/Katy Perry truthers.
Others Took Some Shots At POTUS 45 & Donald Duck
Donald Duck turned upside down = Donald Trump. Neither of them can speak CLEARLY or COHERENTLY!😄 pic.twitter.com/aU2hnHQHdX— Paulette Lyles (@PauletteLyles) June 4, 2017
And Some Came To Donald's Defense
Please, stop comparing Donald Duck with Donald Trump, that poor bird deserves so much better.— Xo McDuck (@X0S0G0) June 4, 2017
I suppose a nostalgia-driven optical illusion/cutesy observation like this one is just about the most gentle follow-up one can imagine coming off the delirious, fever dream-y energy of those 3 a.m. "covfefe" jokes. I'd go as far to argue that duck, duck, Donald is by far the most benign, uncharacteristically calm meme to slink out of 2017. People are excited about it, but it doesn't have that whole "Gretchen Wieners had cracked" vibe about it.
But just the same: Maybe everyone should still go take five and come back to the Internet once they can get a few consecutive hours of sleep?