Donald Trump Touching A Glowing Orb In Saudi Arabia Becomes An Instant Hilarious Meme
The internet was confounded on Sunday by Donald Trump touching a glowing orb. A photo surfaced from the president’s trip (his first state tour as POTUS) to Saudi Arabia of him, along with Egyptian president Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and Saudi king Salman bin Abdulaziz, all placing their hands on a glowing orb like some kind of Illuminati world domination ritual. Or Saruman using the Palantir of Orthanc orb to communicate with Sauron in LOTR.
The reality was far more dull, of course. The photo was taken when Trump visited the country’s new terrorism monitoring center, along with his daughter Ivanka Trump and son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner. They all took a tour of the recently opened Global Center for Combatting Extremist Ideology.
The center will be a HQ for combating extremist messaging and ideology, monitoring internet activity in real time while also promoting compassion and moderation. As part of the opening ceremony, according to the Saudi Gazette, “Trump and the King each placed their hands on a miniature globe that officially activated the center and launched a splashy welcome video.”
And here’s Trump at the opening of the “Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology” in Riyadh pic.twitter.com/gshRT2nFLU
— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) May 21, 2017
Twitter Gets It’s Hands On Trumps Glowing Orb
Well, that may be. But the internet wasn’t going to let a photo like that go to waste. So instead people took to Twitter to turn Trump and the, let’s be frank, sinister-looking glowing orb, into some very funny memes.
Which included references to the Illuminati, Sauron, Hydra from the Marvel universe, and many, many more. It all added up to another glorious addition in the ever-growing Trump memes that always seem to undermine the POTUS, whether he’s clutching a glowing orb or just trying to board a plane.
Check out some of the hilarious tweets below.
Hail Hydra. pic.twitter.com/NbGk8QIF3w
— southpaw (@nycsouthpaw) May 21, 2017
— darth:™ (@darth) May 21, 2017
Attention, Marvel heroes, we found the last Infinity Stone! pic.twitter.com/icce0aprGt
— jimgeraghty (@jimgeraghty) May 21, 2017
if everyone's gonna do one pic.twitter.com/mPrvToiP7H
— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) May 21, 2017
— Ben Gross (@bhgross144) May 21, 2017
we fixed it pic.twitter.com/4dkqCVBRki
— ALT Immigration (@ALT_uscis) May 21, 2017
Everyone freaking out, it's a GLOBE
You can see the continents
Just a conclave of powerful men laying hands on a fiery globe
This is normal pic.twitter.com/FEo4auHVfm
— James Poniewozik (@poniewozik) May 21, 2017
wow this remake of "the Dark Crystal" looks great pic.twitter.com/FmUaqrg1SK
— Hayes Brown (@HayesBrown) May 21, 2017
just some billionaires gathering in the dark and holding a glowing orb. probably fine
— jon hendren (@fart) May 21, 2017
— Christopher Cooper (@ARTofCOOP) May 21, 2017
— Glen Weldon (@ghweldon) May 21, 2017
— chrisError (@chrisError) May 21, 2017
Not googling this and just assuming Trump has gone full Saruman evil wizard. pic.twitter.com/l3xenG5BQ0
— Nick Amadeus (@NickAmadeus) May 21, 2017
Rare footage of our world leaders posing with the terrible, glowing orb that has silently controlled world politics for millennia pic.twitter.com/JEyCUupwQZ
— Simon Barrett (@Simon_Barrett) May 21, 2017
i'm assuming this imagery is going to go over very well with the conspiracy theorists that got trump elected pic.twitter.com/TgIMtgxGRN
— (@Tesseraconteur) May 21, 2017
— Ben Hutson (@benhutson) May 21, 2017
perfectly normal. pic.twitter.com/fdKAMKSRSp
— ANTHONY OLIVEIRA (@meakoopa) May 21, 2017
"Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn, and caldron bubble." pic.twitter.com/Zp7whnPzCk
— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) May 21, 2017
— That Guy (@ThatGuy3002) May 21, 2017
"So what's on the agenda today?"
"You're going to meet with the global elite and ominously clutch a glowing orb."
"Then lunch?" pic.twitter.com/bi8eyc4FOy
— Joebotnik (@Joebotnik) May 21, 2017
The rules are simple, but the stakes are high. The last person to take their hands off the mysterious glowing orb wins a new Buick Verano. pic.twitter.com/K9OipryuyT
— Jordan Pryor (@jordodale) May 21, 2017
I hope Trump has a glowing orb ceremony in each and every country he visits. The DPRK one will be spectacular.
— Nate in St. Paul (@acceptedmystery) May 21, 2017
— Soso08 (@soso08) May 21, 2017
— The Hounds of Czar (@TheHoundsofCzar) May 21, 2017
Indiana Jones and the Glowing Orb of Incompetence https://t.co/TauXLXnndu
— Cody Johnson (@CodyBJohnson7) May 21, 2017
"Yes, Your Majesty, this glowing orb photo op will thoroughly distract Twitter for awhile." https://t.co/LJNf6bK4wD
— Eamon Dolan (@eamondolan) May 21, 2017
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