President Donald Trump decided to celebrate the day before Thanksgiving with one of the most bizarre tweets of his presidency: a photoshopped image of Trump’s face atop the muscular body of fictional boxing champion Rocky Balboa.
The president offered the image — which is taken from the promotional poster for Rocky III — with no caption.
Check out the photo below:
Unsurprisingly, the photo garnered widespread laughter and ridicule online.
Former President Barack Obama speechwriter and current Pod Save America host Jon Favreau joked, “There goes the president, posting shirtless fanfic of himself again.”
There goes the President, posting shirtless fanfic of himself again. https://t.co/Dlk1z8ZfUY— Jon Favreau (@jonfavs) November 27, 2019
And MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell wrote: “Now we know what they did to him at that mysterious doctor’s visit.”
Now we know what they did to him at that mysterious doctor’s visit? https://t.co/d2oESusuOS— Andrea Mitchell (@mitchellreports) November 27, 2019
2020 Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders staffer Sara Kenigsberg offered one of the better re-interpretations of the image. Kenigsberg put the image side-by-side with a photoshopped image of Sanders in the octagon, walking away from another fighter with Trump’s face photoshopped onto the body. The referee in Kenigsberg’s image is Mike Pence.
There’s really no explanation for why the president decided to tweet an image of his face photoshopped onto the body of Rocky Balboa but Daily Beast contributor Justin Baragona noted that, during a rally on Tuesday night, Trump mentioned his recent visit to Walter Reed and that they asked him to take off his shirt during his exam.
Trump told the crowd, “It’s true I didn’t wear a tie, why would I wear a tie?” And mimicked the doctors, riffing, “Show us that gorgeous chest, we want to see it. We’ve never seen a chest quite like it.”
For those wondering why Trump tweeted a picture of himself as a shirtless Rocky Balboa, perhaps it has something to do with this moment from his rally last night about his Walter Reed visit:— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) November 27, 2019
"The first thing they do is take off your shirt. Show us your gorgeous chest!" pic.twitter.com/poYiYRIdsd
Of course, the president’s visit to Walter Reed was widely speculated upon. The White House claimed that it was just the first stage of his annual physical but since it wasn’t on the public schedule, there were a lot of suggestions that Trump made the trip because of health reasons.