Where does McDonald Trump come from?
It’s no secret that President Trump is a big fan of fast food, especially McDonald’s. He told CNN’s Anderson Cooper in February 2016 that he likes McDonald’s and similar fast food restaurants because he’s a germaphobe and considers fast food “safe.” His love for McDonald’s didn’t stop when he took up residence in the White House.
The New York Times has dubbed Trump “the nation’s fast-food president.” Others have nicknamed him McDonald Trump, McDonald a clear play on the hamburger chain McDonald’s and Trump’s first name, Donald.
McDonald Trump appeared in April 2016 in an article in the Milwaukee Courier by student journalist Tisia Muzinga, who nicknamed then-candidate Trump as McDonald Trump.
Another early reference to the McDonald Trump comes from the liberal French newspaper Libération in a December 2016 review of the biopic The Founder, about Ray Kroc, who helped make McDonald’s into a fast food empire. The article quotes the 18th-century philosopher Helvétius as saying: “All people who, by the stupidity of their leaders, arrive at this state of indifference, are as barren of significant talent as they are of significant virtues.” The article then snidely remarks: “You couldn’t find a better description of American fast food. And the sad inventors who gave birth to McDonald Trump.”
British hip-hop artist Lowkey released a song, “McDonald Trump,” in April 2018 on which he taunts: “McDonald Trump…Shut him down.”
The nickname McDonald Trump took off, however, on January 14, 2019, when President Donald Trump served a smorgasbord of fast food, including McDonald’s, to the national collegiate football champions, the Clemson Tigers, at the White House. Trump had to find an alternative catering option thanks to his federal government shutdown, as much of the White House staff was furloughed. Trump’s fast food feast garnered a ton of ridicule on social media, including use of McDonald Trump.
McDonald Trump: The surreal White House fast-food feast was America at its worst https://t.co/AHnKQrABAF
— Salon (@Salon) January 20, 2019
Examples of McDonald Trump
Who uses McDonald Trump?
McDonald Trump, as we’ve seen from the examples above, is meant to deride Donald Trump as déclassé—as unworthy of the office of the presidency.
What about you Ronald McDonald trump, what about your Lies, what about your deceit, what about your bigotry, what about your sexual assaults, what about how you treat the immigrants that work for you, let’s talk about that pic.twitter.com/yBketAA60y
— Shelita law (@shelitalaw) January 27, 2019
After the now-famous Clemson Tigers White House visit, the term McDonald Trump jumped in popularity, engendering countless memes and drawing parallels between Trump and McDonald’s iconic clown mascot, Ronald McDonald. Not to put too fine a point on it, the McDonald Trump memes tend to imply that the president, not unlike fast food itself, is bad for your health.
I’d prefer to call him McDonald Trump pic.twitter.com/VA3QdMCu1j
— nitrons (@mysteriousmagix) February 10, 2019
Meet McDonald Trump pic.twitter.com/fzZB4XVDLL
— Cameron Grant (@coolcam101) February 8, 2019
— shubham gohil (@iamshubhamgohil) December 5, 2018
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