Legendary actor Mandy Patinkin had some choice words for President Trump after the last presidential debate, and they came directly from his most iconic film role.
After Trump laboriously claimed to be "the least racist person" at the debate, Patinkin brushed off one of his classic and most quotable lines from the film The Princess Bride to put the President in his place with the perfect trolling tweet.
My thoughts: #GOTV #Debates2020 https://t.co/AXZ9zVJwJx— Mandy Patinkin (@Mandy Patinkin) 1603422148.0
In his tweet, Patinkin used a clip of Trump's claim from the debate and combined it with a clip of himself lip-syncing to his character, swashbuckling Spaniard Inigo Montoya, saying one of his best-known lines.
"You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means."
Patinkin's line was in reference to The Princess Bride character Vizzini repeatedly calling things that had already happened "inconceivable." But it is arguably just as apt in regards to Trump's supposed dearth of racism.
Trump, who strenuously claimed to be "the least racist person in this room," referring to the venue for the debate, has a long-standing history of racist comments, racist legislative policies, and amplifying racist figures on social media.
The comment struck many as absurd, not only because of spectacles like launching his 2016 campaign by calling Mexican immigrants "rapists," but because the comment effectively threw his family under the bus: The "room" in which Trump claimed to be the least racist person included his wife, Melania Trump, and some of his children.
More importantly, the "room" also included NBC News journalist Kristen Welker, who moderated the debate. Welker is a woman of color.
Understandably, Patinkin's drag of the President got plenty of laughs and high fives on Twitter.
@PatinkinMandy Trump isn’t the “least racist person in the room” even when he’s alone.— (((Claudia Miles ❄️))) (@(((Claudia Miles ❄️)))) 1603422429.0
My heart just exploded!😍🥰 https://t.co/dJjW8J05pt— Fistylarue (@Fistylarue) 1603429170.0
@PatinkinMandy I cannot tell you how many times I have quoted that during and after I hear Trump speak.— Kate Hackett (@Kate Hackett) 1603524779.0
Oh. My. God.😂😂😂 https://t.co/uxYX1WqWut— Holly Figueroa O'Reilly (@Holly Figueroa O'Reilly) 1603422341.0
@PatinkinMandy Least racist person in the room ,yeah right ,This coming from someone who took out a full page ad ca… https://t.co/rX6MepVueA— Judy 🇨🇦 (@Judy 🇨🇦) 1603457510.0
Okay Google, define Chef Kiss https://t.co/kIVKyMjP8v— Wyld (@Wyld) 1603431683.0
@PatinkinMandy That was excellent Mr Mandy, but seriously that dude makes me want to hide under my bed 😔🥺— DutchSAR (@DutchSAR) 1603422338.0
Mandy Patinkin wins the internet. https://t.co/QUzP13Npjh— Daniel 🇵🇷 (@Daniel 🇵🇷) 1603498282.0
@PatinkinMandy When you constantly have to reinforce how you are the least racist person in the room... you’re probably a racist!— Laura Taylor Gee (@Laura Taylor Gee) 1603422275.0
My thoughts exactly. https://t.co/ERSvT6umpA— Steffi Latta - Fully Vaccinated! (@Steffi Latta - Fully Vaccinated!) 1603491225.0
Patinkin wasn't content to just rest on wit alone, though. He followed up his tweet with a call to action, sharing a link to an organization that connects voters to opportunities to volunteer in the final days of the election.