Of all the things President Donald Trump has said during a press conference, “ride it like a cowboy” stuck the most to former The Apprentice staffer Noel Casler.
Trump made the remark earlier this year in an effort to defend his terrible handling of the coronavirus pandemic, which has resulted in the deaths of 170,000 Americans, a toll that is poised to worsen, especially if schools across the country reopen.
Trump says that if he’d heeded advice to just “ride” the virus and not do anything — “Just ride it. Ride it like a cowboy. Ride that sucker right through” — there could’ve been 2.2 million deaths.
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) March 29, 2020
Of course, we all know that Trump called the virus a “hoax” early on, and has repeatedly downplayed it ever since.
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But Trump’s remark rang a bell inside Casler’s head, and he recalled the first time he heard Trump say the exact same phrase. And it just so happens that Trump allegedly had his daughter Ivanka sitting on his lap at the time.
That was the first time I’ve heard Trump say “ride it like a cowboy” without Ivanka on his lap. @realDonaldTrump
— NoelCaslerComedy (@CaslerNoel) March 30, 2020
Seriously, if Trump really did say that to his daughter while she sat on his lap that’s disgusting.
Twitter users let out a collective cringe, especially since there are many existing photos of Ivanka sitting on her daddy’s lap.
— Shelly Dawn McCarver Morris Shields (@MccarverDawn) March 30, 2020
— Eleanor Rigby (@LNolan12848038) March 30, 2020
— Theimpishartist (@theimpishartist) March 30, 2020
— Mary Mullane trying not to swear! (@MaryMullaneRE) March 30, 2020
Ick! This is a new one to me
— Rita #DemcastOR 🌊 #Demcast (@rimarthag) March 30, 2020
I’m pretty sure she knows what “ride it like a cowboy” means. 😩 pic.twitter.com/pcXYD7bmTK
— Michele (@Mikah_Avi) March 30, 2020
Frankly, eww covers it.
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