Donald Trump’s Weird Video Briefing Becomes Bonkers New Meme

"Leaning hard into the 1984 vibe here."

President Donald Trump is being mercilessly mocked after he appeared via a taped video message at Thursday’s White House press briefing.

Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders began the briefing by playing pre-recorded footage of Trump boasting about his tax code rewrite onto two screens. But as many media outlets have noted, the president was likely nearby in another room at the same time.

The bizarre situation did not go unnoticed online, with many people likening Trump’s appearance to a movie villain. They also reimagined photos of the briefing in various amusing ways. Here’s a sampling of the humorous responses:

The bizarre situation prompted other folks to ask why Trump didn’t deliver the briefing in person: