There’s nothing sweeter to witness than a devastating self-own. It’s like watching someone be defeated by their own boomerang.
And when the subject is deserving, it is glorious.
We were given an exemplary instance of this on Saturday when Donald Trump’s press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was triumphantly owned by her own 2016 tweet.
In the tweet, which is an apparent reference to Hilary Clinton written shortly before the election, Sanders wondered, with indignant capitalization, what would happen if someone from her party were similarly investigated by the FBI.
Imagine if a REPUBLICAN presidential candidate came under FBI investigation as votes were being cast
— Sarah Sanders (@SarahHuckabee) October 30, 2016
The current president, who Huckabee Sanders now regurgitates lies for on a daily basis. is of course no stranger to being investigated by the FBI for his extremely suspicious ties to Russia, an inquiry that we recently learned is even broader in scope than previously thought.
This aged well https://t.co/vZeDhRF5hh
— jordan (@JordanUhl) January 12, 2019
The now highly ironic 2016 statement may have remained forgotten but CNN’s Andrew Kaczynski dug up the tweet and addd a simple but transformative touch by quoting from the classic Beatles song “Imagine.”
It’s easy if you try https://t.co/g9OXiObaAB
— andrew kaczynski (@KFILE) January 12, 2019
The irony and juxtaposition with a seminal song about idealism in the face of a hellish world was too perfect and the reaction was swift.
Imagine if Sarah Sanders actually tells the truth when confronted with a REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT under counter-intelligence investigation by the FBI. Her 29 Oct 2016 snark is not aging well. https://t.co/gX16TCRyx3
— Robert A. Yingst (@Freedomchimes) January 13, 2019
Teeet of the day https://t.co/cWprOhz38Y
— Speaker Pelosi, we have been waiting for you (@jahosiphats) January 12, 2019
— Sopan Deb (@SopanDeb) January 12, 2019
There really is a tweet for every occasion.
— The Gypsy & Us (@KelliAppleton6) January 12, 2019
— SkidooRunner (@skidoorunner) January 13, 2019
This is just gold.
— Monica DeLaCruz (@memoriesbyheart) January 12, 2019
And the “Imagine” reference of course resulted in an octopus’s garden of Beatles memes.
imagine there's no shutdown, all over the land. you may say I'm a lefty, but I'm not the only one. i hope someday you'll join us, & the government can run. Imagine there's no new border crisis, it isn't hard to do. No national emergency, & no need for a wall, too. h/t @IronStache https://t.co/3D71GB7W5Q
— Boris Krichevsky (@BorisKrichevsky) January 12, 2019
— Turd Ferguson (@xrealjerkx) January 12, 2019
No hell below us https://t.co/kgoUcjoWiQ
— Charlotte Clymer🏳️🌈 (@cmclymer) January 12, 2019
— Asa Selzer (@Asaselzer) January 13, 2019
— HoldYourHeadHigh (@Rangerjoe63Dot) January 12, 2019
Thanks for playing, Sarah. Be careful not to say anything that will come back to haunt you in a few years.