Few were surprised this weekend when President Donald Trump posted a stream of erratic tweets attacking everyone from former President Barack Obama to CBS News's Norah O'Donnell.
Among the tweets was a video of Trump's face superimposed onto that of actor Bill Pullman who played the President of the United States in the acclaimed 1996 action film Independence Day.
Pullman's character, President Thomas J. Whitmore, gives a rousing speech near the climax of the film in which he describes fighting for the right "to live, to exist."
The video tweeted by Trump shows other Republican figureheads like Texas Senator Ted Cruz and Vice President Mike Pence listening in adoration, presumably to make Trump seem inspiring.
https://t.co/L3sxMC9fXm— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1589659040.0
The bizarre tweet racked up views and reactions, even from Pullman himself, who said:
"My voice belongs to no one but me, and I'm not running for president — this year."
He wasn't the only one to respond.
Legendary actor Vivica A. Fox called out Trump's lack of courage readily displayed by the President in Independence Day.
PRETENDING U KNOW WHAT YOUR DOING?? CANT BELIEVE U WOULD INSULT OUR CLASSIC FILM THIS WAY! BUT HEY! TYPICAL POS BEH… https://t.co/aweBHMtUGL— Vivica A. Fox (@Vivica A. Fox)1589677453.0
Others felt the same.
My god the tortured psychology involved here: As the ACTUAL president, he is incapable of inspiring all Americans.… https://t.co/4XSpHwfNNw— Brandon Friedman (@Brandon Friedman)1589673777.0
Needless to say, if something like this happened in real life, Trump would: First, deny the threat was real. Second… https://t.co/uSrnZoLLEX— Bill Kristol (@Bill Kristol)1589669510.0
I cannot believe that the President of the United States of America posted this video. (His line about us being UNI… https://t.co/h8JHxxrZB7— Michael McFaul (@Michael McFaul)1589665629.0
This cartoonish video is the latest of nearly 4 dozen tweets from Trump since this morning. Yesterday he told repor… https://t.co/gze50kvobh— Jackie Calmes (@Jackie Calmes)1589660850.0
Trump did Bill Pullman dirty with this video.
I feel bad for Bill Pullman tonight. He didn’t ask for any of this.— Scott Johnson (@Scott Johnson)1589692144.0
I just looked to see why Bill Pullman is trending and now I'm loading myself into a cannon and waiting for someone… https://t.co/rIdTWTyHoq— Imani Gandy ☄️🌏🔥 (@Imani Gandy ☄️🌏🔥)1589675518.0
Remember when things weren't awful?