How Trump’s ‘tiny desk’ got the meme treatment and became the internet’s favourite children’s toy

How Trump’s ‘tiny desk’ got the meme treatment and became the internet’s favourite children’s toy

After staying largely absent from standard press conferences since losing the election, Trump decided on Thursday that Thanksgiving was the day to get back to normal.

Not only did he speak from the White House, but he answered reporters’ questions too, even though this has historically been his downfall when it comes to making outrageous remarks that lead to scorn and derision on social media.

And, predictably, it didn’t go too well. At one point, the president lashed out at a reporter, saying: “You're just a lightweight. Don't talk to me that way! I'm the president of the United States! Don't ever talk to the president that way.”

The whole thing was pretty much a car-crash, and Trump even popped off on Twitter, sending a stream of tweets accusing Biden of electoral fraud and ranting about the NFL. 

Amid this outlandish temper tantrum which would be unimaginable from most other world leaders past and present, it was actually Trump’s desk which became a focal point for discussion, mainly because it just seemed strangely small. 

To many people, it was reminiscent of miniature children’s furniture, which was particularly poignant given the comparisons between Trump’s recent behaviour and that of a disgruntled toddler.

But people have taken it a step further, mocking up imaginary toys based around the optics of Trump at his “tiny table”.

The trend may have been started by Jennifer Harris on Twitter. On Thursday she posted two images of toy incarnations of the president’s press conference.

But the thread has since gone viral, with endless people posting their own variations, from dolls’ houses to LEGO versions and, of course, memes.

Here are some of our favourites:

All hail the healing powers of the meme treatment, Photoshop and a good sense of humour.

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