Donald Trump is carrying around a title other than the president of the United States. Amid global protests in response to the police killing of George Floyd, social media has labeled the president "bunker boy" after denying reports he was ushered into in an underground White House bunker when demonstrations took place outside of the residence on Friday.
Trump first describes reports that he went down to the White House bunker as a "false report," then he admits that he did go but "it was much more for an inspection," rather than out of fear of protesters. "I've gone down two or three times all for inspection." pic.twitter.com/qIUqOT3GV9— The American Independent (@AmerIndependent) June 3, 2020
Speaking with Fox News host Brian Kilmeade on Wednesday, the president called reports that he had hidden out in the bunker for an hour "fake news." Claiming that he was only in the bunker for a "very, very short period of time," Trump stated, "they said it would be a good time to go down and take a look because maybe sometime you're going to need it." He explained his presence in the bunker as an "inspection" and said that he "went down during the day," not during the night as thousands of protesters gathered outside of the White House.
The president's move to the bunker was first reported by The New York Times. A Republican close to the White House later told the Associated Press that he had spent almost an hour in the bunker, where he had been rushed to by Secret Service. An anonymous administration official confirmed that account to the AP. Trump was said to be outraged by the reports, with CNN later reporting that Trump's staged photo-op at St. John's Episcopal Church, in which he held a Bible after peaceful protesters were tear-gassed and shot with rubber bullets, was to combat the mocking he received. That story was also confirmed by several other outlets.
While the president may be trying to fend off any potential mocking over the alleged Friday incident, he has only fanned the flames. Following his remarks with Kilmeade, social media erupted in the discourse, many mocking the president with the "bunker boy" hashtag. Keep scrolling to see how Twitter reacted to the president's claims.
The fact that we are collectively calling @realDonaldTrump bunker boy and asking “did Mexico pay to build the wall around the White House?” shines some happiness on my breakfast this morning #LatinosForBlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/AjEDnDYeFh— SouthAmericanQueen (@ColombianBean_) June 4, 2020
Apparently Donald Trump didn't feel safe in a fortified building that is guarded by Secret Service 24/7 and has a bunker.
He is so scared that he needed to build multiple walls around it as well.
What a wuss.— Red, Noble Committee Director (@Redpainter1) June 4, 2020
Bunker Boy always trying to change the narrative - ‘an inspection’. Talk about FAKE NEWS. #youareweak— Suellen (@Suellen94720538) June 3, 2020
bunker boy refusing to admit he was scared lmfaoooo 😭 https://t.co/C6WMSXBlSu— mal ! bIm/acab (@tripmally) June 4, 2020
So let me get this straight: he was upset & embarrassed by reports that he was hiding in a bunker in the WH from protesters, so now he is building a big fence of metal & concrete around said WH & environs to hide from protesters. Way to look weak #BunkerBoy pic.twitter.com/her8DdERkv— 🌊 Trace Aiken (@traceimages) June 5, 2020
At Bunker boy how do you feel about your inspection how did it go was it up to your par regarding if you feel safe— Richard (@Richard17915413) June 4, 2020
It’s almost time for your bunker inspection. Good night Bunker Boy!— Biff Wilson (@BiffWilson1) June 4, 2020
@realDonaldTrump and you went to the bunker with your son and daughter for an inspection? Ha ha. Do you even realize how much you lie! You are forever Bunker Boy!— Linda Wilkinson (@kzdzfd) June 3, 2020
@realDonaldTrump hey “BUNKER BOY” how did the inspection go everything to your liking???— peter rovenski (@RovenskiPeter) June 3, 2020
How’s it hanging, Bunker Boy? The walls closing in? Sorry, didn’t mean to make a joke about walls. Oh, BTW, I understand that you did an inspection of the bunker, how was it?— CaptainTono (@Barkiologist) June 3, 2020
#BunkerBoy hides in the basement while America burns— Arthur "Digby" Sellers (@Real_Tyler_Ryan) June 1, 2020