Donald Trump trolled with 'Welcome to Kenya' signs in Hawaii
Donald Trump is an incredibly divisive person; while he is a figure of salvation to pockets of the US public, for anyone who is committed to liberal ideals and championing diversity, the former Apprentice star and billionaire businessman is inherently problematic.
Certainly, in his 10 months of Presidency, Trump has done an excellent job at alienating certain groups of people, including women (writ large), the LGBTQ community and just about every other country in the world. As such, the 45th President of the United States, is no stranger to abuse. In fact, his veritable thumb war on the social media platform, Twitter, means that he's forced to engage with his opposition on a near-daily basis. I mean, just last week, an angry Twitter employee shut down the POTUS's Twitter account for 11 minutes on their last day at the social media company.
And now, the people of Hawaii have made their feelings towards Trump clear: they came out en masse on Saturday to troll the 45th president of the United States ahead of his appearance at Pearl Harbour, the famous US Naval Base.
Donald Trump was very excited about his trip to Hawaii on Saturday to visit Pearl Harbour. Taking to his favourite social media application, he wrote, "Thank you for such a beautiful welcome Hawaii. My great honor to visit
@PacificCommand upon arrival. Heading to Pearl Harbor w/ @FLOTUS now."
Citizens of Hawaii took it upon themselves to troll Donald Trump with "Welcome to Kenya" signs, and the ensuing images, thankfully, made the rounds on social media.
One Twitter user posted the following picture, with the caption "Trump visited Hawaii and they welcomed him with "Welcome To Kenya" placards. Lmao. Trolling Level 100" and another posted a video, writing "Trump Protest at the State Capitol. There were like three pro-trump people lol".
The placards were, of course, in reference to Trump's affiliation with the "Birther" movement, which accused former US president Barack Obama of being born in Kenya, not Hawaii - insinuating that he was not eligible to be President.
Donald Trump was one of the most famous figureheads of this movement, and only renounced such convictions when announcing that he was going to run in the 2016 Presidential election. However, tweets that Trump made in 2012 are still available to view today and read, "An 'extremely credible source' has called my office and told me that @BarackObama's birth certificate is a fraud" and "why doesn't @BarackObama release his original book proposal which says he was born in Kenya?"@BarackObama@BarackObama
Donald Trump has since embarked on a 12-day trip to Asia. He is joined by his wife, Melania for part of the trip, and the excursion of Asian is the longest made by an American President since George H.W. Bush in 1922. Asides from visiting Japan, Trump is scheduled to visit South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Phillipinnes.
We will just have to see whether he's subject to a warmer welcome there...