During a recent press briefing, President Donald Trump had many people scratching their heads. The POTUS repeatedly said he thought Black reporter Mario Parker looked like businessman and politician Michael Bloomberg.
Parker, a muscular-looking Black man, bears absolutely no resemblance to billionaire former Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg, who's famously short (5'8") and also happens to be White.
Many people online have theories as to what, if anything, Trump was trying to say.
Regardless, the moment was bizarre to say the least.
President Trump just said this black reporter looks like Michael Bloomberg 🙄 https://t.co/vQ8jLgJHc1— Elijah Stewart (@Elijah Stewart)1595972923.0
The exchange was even stranger when written down.
@atrupar ...because, yeah. TWINS! https://t.co/7zjiUpYUoK— PurrSista😺LoveRebel 🌊 (@PurrSista😺LoveRebel 🌊)1595977337.0
Many online suspected the President was literally losing his grasp on reality.
25th please. @SpeakerPelosi @SenSchumer @HouseJudiciary https://t.co/acpnfogiUt— The Collective 💪 (@The Collective 💪)1595981340.0
What the HELL @realDonaldTrump Bloomberg is WHITE. You're being to COMMON with a BLACK REPORTER. @PressSec https://t.co/nLp6FtmoQb— Loman Ginyard Jr. (@Loman Ginyard Jr.)1595977377.0
He is mentally unstable. Please report this immensely @cnn @msnbc @CBSNews @NBCNews @ABC https://t.co/y4VjmERaLY— Ajbpgh79 (@Ajbpgh79)1595975729.0
It's definitely hard to imagine any world where a sane person sincerely believes Parker and Bloomberg look similar.
Trump has slipped so far down the cognitive event horizon – from which no sane thought can escape – that yeah,… https://t.co/uOokRyHKi7— Renmiri (@Renmiri)1596000181.0
#CognitivelyThere https://t.co/sYdzouyqRO— Shannon Aubill (@Shannon Aubill)1595992068.0
Honest to God Trump telling a black reporter that he looks like MICHAEL BLOOMBERG made me cry of laughter— Cornette called me Carlos (@Cornette called me Carlos)1595990479.0
Others believed the more likely explanation.
President Trump was making some sort of joke tinged with racism. Who the butt of the joke was isn't exactly clear, but Trump's insistence on repeating his "laugh line" seemed to suggest he was proud of the idea.
@atrupar The not so hidden racism in that remark! He knows exactly what he was saying, by the smirking he did, after he said it !— RoseFromPhila 😷👠🕶🍸💋 (@RoseFromPhila 😷👠🕶🍸💋)1595974703.0
@atrupar @DevinCow Take another look. After Trump made that ridiculous statement, he smirked. It was an inappropria… https://t.co/s43TWH9o3m— Jacqueline Killip (@Jacqueline Killip)1595974281.0
Perhaps he was even trying to satirize "political correctness" by showing how strange the concept of "color blindness" is?
@atrupar He thinks to not act racist is to say black people look like white people.— BOOG (@BOOG)1595973503.0
Some people suspect Trump was simply trying to derail Parker's question.
Fortunately, Parker pressed forward and the moment quickly faded, so we'll never know exactly what the President's intention was.
@atrupar Let's pretend "Trump doesn't see color" (😂🤮🤦♂️)...How does he confuse a large bald man for Bloomberg? The… https://t.co/pyuT6bOs1I— Jason Brunsfield (@Jason Brunsfield)1595973714.0
@atrupar Narrator: He did not look like Michael Bloomberg.— Kevin D. Grant (@Kevin D. Grant)1595974364.0
President Trump claims to have passed his cognitive acuity test, but behavior like this makes many people wonder if he somehow cheated.