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President Trump Live-Tweets the Oscars

President Trump Live-Tweets the Oscars

By Sean Braswell


Because the chances of Donald Trump not tweeting about the Academy Awards are next to zero.

By Sean Braswell

Sean Braswell’s satire series Augmented Reality embellishes news and current events, giving reality a more interesting look and feel.

Hollywood may well come very hard at Donald Trump tonight during the 89th annual Academy Awards. And, of course, the president will show the restrained good humor he is known for and turn the other orange cheek to the cavalcade of criticisms coming out of California.

Only kidding. Fortunately, according to press secretary Sean Spicer, Trump will be focused on the Governor’s Ball that he and the first lady are hosting tonight, and not his television screen. But in the past, Trump has been known to live-tweet the Oscars — including in 2013, 2014 and 2015 — producing such insights as:

Yes, those are his real tweets. How might President Trump respond to the festivities tonight on Twittter if he watches? Here’s our best guess as to how it might unfold.

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The show begins and, right from the start, it’s clear that the president is not enjoying himself.

And that is before his own name is even mentioned. Jimmy Kimmel’s opening monologue only pokes fun at him twice, but it is enough to prompt a flurry of responses from the unamused Tweeter-in-Chief.  

He would return to take shots at “Dopey Jimmy” throughout the night. But it is time for the award giving to begin, starting with Moonlight snagging an Oscar for best adapted screenplay.

The first performer to win, for best supporting actress in Fences, is Viola Davis, whose acceptance speech avoids referencing the president.

After Auli’i Cravalho joins Lin-Manuel Miranda to perform his Oscar-nominated song from Moana, Trump resurfaces an old grudge.

Before announcing the presenters for the award for best makeup and hairstyling, Kimmel gets in a joke about the president’s hair. Now it’s personal.

Next, British citizen and U.S. resident Sting performs his Oscar-nominated song “The Empty Chair.”

It gets worse after Zootopia takes the award for best animated feature film, and its creators use the moment to make a generic statement about tackling discrimination and intolerance in these “troubled times.”

After O.J. Made in America takes the award for best documentary feature, Trump veers back to nostalgia, and gets in a swipe at Arnold Schwarzenegger for good measure.

Then, after some radio silence, La La Land lands even more awards, including three straight for best original song, original score and director (Damien Chazelle), and the president loses his popcorn.

Finally, the moment everyone has been waiting for, the best actress category, including perennial nominee and Trump hater Meryl Streep, who lit into the president at the Golden Globes earlier in the year. Alas, Streep ends up losing to Emma Stone, one La La Land victory that the president revels in.

Next, Denzel Washington wins best actor for Fences, and Trump tweets his congratulations and another plea for a meeting with the Congressional Black Caucus. When La La Land puts a crown on its historic night by winning best picture, its producers awkwardly use the film’s theme of not abandoning one’s dreams to make a plea to Americans to “stand up and fight” for their own dreams in Los Angeles and all across the country. Trump is not impressed.

And with that the president signs off for the night, without saying what many of us are really thinking. Or, as one Oscars observer once put it:

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