While EU ambassador Gordon Sondland was testifying during Wednesday’s impeachment hearings President Donald Trump attempted to defend himself to the media. The president held a pad of paper with words written in all-caps with a sharpie and read aloud in dramatic fashion:
“I WANT NOTHING. I WANT NOTHING. I WANT NO QUID PRO QUO.”
Donald Trump seized upon one particular bit of testimony from Gordon Sondland's hearing today. The EU envoy testified that the president told him "I want nothing" from Ukraine, and "I want no quid pro quo."
— POLITICO (@politico) November 20, 2019
And with that, a viral moment was born. The online mockery seemingly began after comedian Patton Oswalt tweeted a photo of Trump’s oversized note that was captured by Getty Images photographer Mark Wilson with the caption: “Morrissey voice:”
Morrissey voice: pic.twitter.com/C5jaqjkcDD
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) November 20, 2019
In a Twitter reply to Oswalt, one user produced an “I want nothing” Morrissey version of Trump’s rant, writing along with the video, “Needless to say, I got inspired and put WAY to [sic] much effort into this.” And the rest is browser history.
.@pattonoswalt made a tweet that showed Trump’s handwritten notes and the caption was simply “Morrissey voice:”.
Needless to say, I got inspired and put WAY to much effort into this. pic.twitter.com/heOiOhl90P
— RuPaul Giamatti (@BenJamminAsh) November 21, 2019
The Twitter creativity continued with a musical emo version of Trump’s “I want nothing.”
Emo Trump recites poem on White House lawn pic.twitter.com/rAD3xRjX4L
— Nick Lutsko (@NickLutsko) November 20, 2019
Followed by a Ramones cover of the now-hit rant.
somebody on twitter today: trump's weird hand-scrawled denial today sounds like a ramones song.
— Alex Kliment (@SaoSasha) November 21, 2019
Then someone brilliantly added a high-pitched Snapchat filter and truly captured the president’s absurdity.
— Skyleigh #GlovesOff📢⏰⚖️ (@Sky_Lee_1) November 20, 2019
Predictably, Trump misspelled the name of the president of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, and there is no way social media will forgive a spelling error this egregious, especially by a president.
— Nicholas Wu (@nicholaswu12) November 20, 2019
And, perhaps one of the most dramatic interpretations is if you replace the lyrics of Carmina Burana’s iconic “O Fortuna” with Trump’s words. They fit perfectly and complement the drama of this particular impeachment moment.
Works even better to "O Fortuna"https://t.co/SuxqWzGqBn
— Jeremy Venook (@JVenook) November 20, 2019