You may recall that earlier this summer, a tsunami of internet mockery ensued after President Trump claimed marauding bands of Democrats were hurling bags of soup (not cans, bags) at police during protests.
Never one to be deterred, the President is apparently back for more. He now claims protesters are throwing cans of tuna at police, and not just any old 99-cent can of store-brand tuna, mind you. No, these protesters are the discerning sort. They use only "Bumble Bee Brand Tuna" for their canned-fish cop assault.
You simply cannot make this stuff up, and here's the video to prove it.
President Trump on violent protesters: "Cans of tuna fish. They go out and buy tuna fish and soup. You know that,… https://t.co/cSUq2xQDqj— Daily Caller (@Daily Caller)1600823453.0
The claim came during Trump's speech on Tuesday at a rally in Moon Township, Pennsylvania, near Pittsburgh. The President started by mentioning protesters throwing cans of Goya beans at police.
Trump then moved on to this oddly specific tuna claim.
"It's the perfect weight, tuna fish, they could really rip it, right, and that hits you? No, it's true. Bumble Bee brand tuna and you can throw that sucker. You can put a curve on it..."
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Trump also claimed the Bumble Bee tuna-tossing protesters are liberal "professionals."
"They're anarchists and they're paid for by outside stupid rich people."
Trump did not clarify whether the "outside stupid rich people" are paying for the cans of Bumble Bee tuna.
One thing seems certain, though: This Bumble Bee tuna thing is not an inside job. The brand took to Twitter after Trump's comments to clarify its stance on the use of its product for political dissent.
The official Bumble Bee Seafoods account tweeted:
Eat em. Don't throw em.— Bumble Bee Seafoods (@Bumble Bee Seafoods)1600825564.0
And soon, Twitter was overtaken by a wave of Bumble Bee tuna-themed mockery.
I didn't realize all the Bumble Bee Tuna I have in my pantry is now considered stockpiling weapons. Interesting.— 💙 Koko 🥁 💙 (@💙 Koko 🥁 💙)1600822468.0
When the people who work for Bumble Bee sees why their tuna fish brand is trending. https://t.co/pjeLrwQzag— Happy Cowboys Fan. (@Happy Cowboys Fan.)1600823630.0
And now bumble bee tuna is trending because we live in the dumbest timeline— Molly Jong-Fast🏡 (@Molly Jong-Fast🏡)1600826472.0
Sorry, I'm fresh out of Bumble Bee Tuna and Campbell's Soup. Am I still invited to the protests? https://t.co/QCI5SWzvvT— jo (@jo)1600824647.0
Trump just banned these extended magazines of Bumble Bee Tuna by executive order. https://t.co/vfQd0rVY91— Mike (@Mike)1600830589.0
ATTENTION ANTIFA EMPLOYEES: Upon hearing the concerns from many of your angry cats, we are asking that you please… https://t.co/Vc2ZW1elF9— Butternut Squash 😷 (@Butternut Squash 😷)1600823437.0
Grocery store clerks just before stocking weapons of mass Bumble Bee tuna. https://t.co/73IPbnt8oJ— Jermaine Watkins ✍🏾 (@Jermaine Watkins ✍🏾)1600824814.0
200,000 Americans dead and um, huh. ok...the president of this country is talking about imaginary violence by Bumbl… https://t.co/orT4vmVu2v— alyssa GrudgePAC mastromonaco (@alyssa GrudgePAC mastromonaco)1600821721.0
The Bumble Bee Tuna Marketing team right now... https://t.co/iD7YfoNo0t— JudgeYouHarshly (@JudgeYouHarshly)1600823549.0
Just got pulled over with a trunk full of Bumble Bee tuna.— Travis Allen 🇺🇸 (@Travis Allen 🇺🇸)1600827239.0
Bumble Bee tuna to rebrand as Antifa of the Sea. https://t.co/BUvF7tFho0— Christopher D. Long (Кристофер Д. Лонг) (@Christopher D. Long (Кристофер Д. Лонг))1600824252.0
Congratulations to the tuna fish industry, which has likely not enjoyed this much attention since way back in 2003 when Jessica Simpson infamously asked her husband on national television if Chicken of the Sea tuna was actually chicken. Enjoy your long overdue moment in the sun, Big Tuna!