Trump quotes NY Times article citing Emerson quote about going after the ‘king’
President Trump on Saturday tweeted a New York Times article with a Ralph Waldo Emerson quote about going after the “king,” quickly prompting the phrase “you are not a king” to trend on social media.
Trump shared several lines from a Feb. 1 analysis piece titled “While Stained in History, Trump Will Emerge From Trial Triumphant and Unshackled,” written by the Times’s chief White House correspondent, Peter Baker.
“Ralph Waldo Emerson seemed to foresee the lesson of the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump. ‘When you strike at a king,’ Emerson famously said, ‘you must kill him,’” read the opening lines from the article Trump quoted. “Mr. Trump’s foes struck at him but did not take him down.”
Published before the Senate voted to acquit Trump of two articles of impeachment, Baker wrote that “a triumphant Mr. Trump emerges from the biggest test of his presidency emboldened, ready to claim exoneration and take his case of grievance, persecution and resentment to the campaign trail.”
“The Greatest Witch Hunt In American History!” the president added at the end of his tweet.
…..biggest test of his presidency emboldened, ready to claim exoneration, and take his case of grievance, persecution and resentment to the campaign trail.” Peter Baker @nytimes The Greatest Witch Hunt In American History!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 15, 2020
Baker’s article noted that while Trump’s impeachment in the House will be a stain on his record, he will become the first impeached U.S. president to run for reelection.
“Now Mr. Trump, who has said that the Constitution ‘allows me to do whatever I want’ and pushed so many boundaries that curtailed past presidents, has little reason to fear the legislative branch nor any inclination to reach out in conciliation,” Baker wrote.
Shortly after Trump quoted the piece, the phrase “you are not a king” began trending in the United States, with more than 17,000 tweets as of 11 a.m.
YOU ARE NOT A KING,
BUT YOU ARE LORD OF LIES pic.twitter.com/7w5eEw6iaj
— Arctic Friend (@FriendEden100) February 15, 2020
YOU ARE NOT A KING!
Me seeing that Trump referred to himself as king: pic.twitter.com/u6y4FCRAdr
— Mychal (@mychal3ts) February 15, 2020
.@realDonaldTrump-YOU ARE NOT A KING. YOU ARE NOT A KING. YOU ARE NOT A KING. YOU ARE NOT A KING. YOU ARE NOT A KING. YOU ARE NOT A KING. YOU ARE NOT A KING. YOU ARE NOT A KING. YOU ARE NOT A KING. YOU ARE NOT A KING. YOU ARE NOT A KING. YOU ARE NOT A KING. YOU ARE NOT A KING.
— Scott Dworkin (@funder) February 15, 2020
YOU ARE NOT A KING. President of the United States represents all it’s citizens. Has integrity and character. Wants to be honest with, not distract and manipulate the people. These great United States deserve better than Donald Trump’s ego centric reality TV show personality
— ♻️ Christopher Zullo (@ChrisJZullo) February 15, 2020
A few problems with your analogy:
1. YOU ARE NOT A KING
2. Murder is illegal
3. You were still IMPEACHED. That shit lasts forever.
4. It’s not “triumphant” when you hid the witnesses, threatened jurors, and half of them admitted that they knew you were guilty.
— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) February 15, 2020
Some Twitter users noted that Trump appeared to tweak the phrasing of the New York Times article, changing the Emerson quote from “when you strike at a king” to read “when you strike the King” in his tweet.
Trump also capitalized the word “King” which was capitalized in the NYT story nor in the original Emerson quote.
He also changed it to “the King” from “a king.”
— Michelangelo Signorile (@MSignorile) February 15, 2020
So trump changed the actual wording of the quote—both Emerson’s original & what was quoted by Peter Baker in his awful article—to pronounce himself not only A king, but THE king. The only crown trump deserves is the King of Hate & Lies. #KingOfDementia #KingOfHate #KingOfLies pic.twitter.com/eDiuIDL7O3
— StillMindyLou (@stillmindylou) February 15, 2020
Christine Pelosi, the daughter of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), shared another quote by Emerson: “For every minute you are angry you lose 60 seconds of happiness.”
“He is not a king / he is an angry #impeached4life man who wants to draw everyone else into his hate and fury,” Christine Pelosi wrote. “#Resist. Find your joy. Organize for change and #VoteHimOut!”
For every minute you are angry you lose 60 seconds of happiness. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
— Christine Pelosi (@sfpelosi) February 15, 2020