President Donald Trump pushed, clawed, and bullied his way into office on an “America First” platform. At first listen that sounds okay—“yeah, America is great, we should take of ourselves.” But it’s really just a more euphemistic way of saying “Make America Great Again,” of which the second, unstated part is, “at the expense of everyone else.”
And now, the 2018 Winter Olympics from Pyeongchang, South Korea, are underway. It’s the first time the international sports festival of peace and brotherhood has been held since Trump took the White House, a period in which he’s pretty much dared North Korea into starting a nuclear war, called African countries “sh*tholes,” and those are just two examples of Trump’s unique approach to diplomacy.
There was bound to be some razzing of Trump by other countries on the world stage, and it finally happened yesterday, after the women’s 3,000-meter speed skating. The Netherlands completely dominated—Dutch athletes took first, second, and third in the event, making for a full sweep and 100 percent Dutch representation on the medals podium.
That’s when two women in the stands unfurled the flag of the Netherlands—red, white, and blue like the American flag, but all striped—with a message written on it:
— Jeantin Boltjes (@jeantinb) February 10, 2018
The message said:
Sorry Mr. President…
The Netherlands FIRST
And 2nd…And 3rd!
It showed up on TV, so if Trump was watching the Olympics, which he might have been, because he’s always watching TV, he just got a very strongly worded and very personal message.