February 20, | 15: pm | Updated February , : PM
President Trump surprisingly showed himself to be a fan of both Ralph Waldo Emerson and The New York Times on Saturday – tweeting out the th-century scribe’s famous quote , “When you strike at the King, you must kill him, ”in yet another moment of post-impeachment-acquittal braggadocio.
The evergreen quote had been referenced in a Feb. 1 impeachment acquittal analysis piece by Times White House correspondent Peter Baker , and apparently caught Trump’s eye.
The president included Emerson’s quote and the top of Baker’s story – which noted that Trump’s foes had struck at him without taking him down – in his own tweet, drawing backlash from opponents, who caused “you are not a king” to trend on social media.
Trump made no mention of the Baker piece’s online headline: “While Stained in History, Trump Will Emerge From Trial Triumphant and Unshackled.”
“Ralph Waldo Emerson seemed to foresee the lesson of the Senate Impeachment Trial of President Trump. ‘When you strike at the King, Emerson famously said,“ you must kill him. ”Mr. Trump’s foes struck at him but did not take him down. A triumphant Mr. Trump emerges from the … ..
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)
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