A mere two days before the 2020 elections, President Trump's rally in Hickory, North Carolina, was marred by strong winds which knocked over one of two scissor lifts holding up a giant American flag.
The incident luckily harmed only the nearby airport building, though many took note of the Trump campaign's failure to plan for the potential danger.
Video from right after the scaffolding fell over. https://t.co/6AynAqMVti— Olivia Nuzzi (@Olivia Nuzzi) 1604274285.0
At the president’s windy rally in North Carolina, one of two scissor lifts holding an American flag tipped over and… https://t.co/NqauDe7yyv— Kaitlan Collins (@Kaitlan Collins) 1604276199.0
On Twitter, an American flag falling due to the dangerous collapse of machinery seemed like an almost too-apt metaphor for President Trump's time in office.
A giant metaphor for a collapsing democracy. As Trump speaks in Hickory, NC the structure holding up the American f… https://t.co/KsHAkKq0cf— Nita Cosby (@Nita Cosby) 1604278489.0
Earlier that day, in Iowa, Democratic candidate Joe Biden was experiencing another strange circumstance people saw as symbolic: a pair of bald eagles flying overhead as he gave a speech.
There are two bald eagles flying over @JoeBiden in Iowa right now! 🦅 🦅 #America #BidenHarris2020 https://t.co/ypdwoVi6Uq— Lauren Dillon (@Lauren Dillon) 1604082875.0
Get this: Bald eagles circled overhead at Joe Biden's rally. Scaffolding lift holding an American flag at trump'… https://t.co/SFMVTtNbrD— Covie (@Covie) 1604277723.0
American Bald Eagles flying over Joe Biden, and a scissor lift hold the American flag blowing over at Trump’s rally… https://t.co/cjy4JFKe0y— Tracy Ann (@Tracy Ann) 1604277170.0
With almost no time to go before his potential reelection, the flag falling incident was not a good look for the President.
And the winner of Best Trump Rally Analogy goes to..... https://t.co/bMSEDnXYlm— Hal Sparks (@Hal Sparks) 1604284450.0
METAPHOR! https://t.co/JXwbyalo4z— Hart Hanson (@Hart Hanson) 1604279607.0
Y’all if this ain’t a metaphor for the US right now.......😹🤦🏽♀️ Donald Trump speaks in Hickory, North Carolina the… https://t.co/eAcIgLTqRG— 🔆🔅 ђєƈคȶє 🔅🔆 (@🔆🔅 ђєƈคȶє 🔅🔆) 1604274960.0
Many online used the situation to make a point about President Trump's fitness for office.
Attaching a giant piece of fabric to a scissor lift on a windy day is one of the most ridiculously stupid things im… https://t.co/qHHSym9Oc0— Jonathan Goodwin (@Jonathan Goodwin) 1604286782.0
The Flag has spoken #NoMoreTrump https://t.co/oaucKvtoMf— Darlene (@Darlene) 1604277651.0
@Olivianuzzi Using a pair of scissor lifts to drape a giant flag in the wind makes about as much sense as voting fo… https://t.co/rcqFrxqO6j— Angry Patriot (@Angry Patriot) 1604328410.0
Anyone who knows anything about scissor lifts would have thought twice before draping a flag off of them on a windy day.
@kaitlancollins Reputable, competent production companies know about wind loading, and don't let this happen. Someo… https://t.co/GlzjxePauT— jettanderson (@jettanderson) 1604276408.0
@jettanderson @kaitlancollins Scissor lifts have strict wind limits and should never have been used in those condit… https://t.co/JZYKxDC4uF— Carbi D (@Carbi D) 1604278357.0
How it started vs how it’s going https://t.co/iJKqohLC4V— Olivia Nuzzi (@Olivia Nuzzi) 1604275026.0
Will the collapsing flag at Trump's rally be a prescient sign of Tuesday's election results?
Only time will tell, though many are hoping that is the case.