Remember when conservative news outlets went into a tizzy at the start of Barack Obama’s presidency when he bent at the waist during a handshake with Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah? Well it doesn’t seem that they’re quite as bothered by President Donald Trump also bending his head toward the Saudi king.
The slightest bow from Trump as he receives a medal. Conservatives were not happy when Obama did the same in 2009.pic.twitter.com/vhameucQdk— Alexi McCammond (@leximccammond) May 20, 2017
Trump stayed firmly vertical when he greeted the Saudi king on Saturday and many outlets were quick to call attention to that. Fox News was clear: “Trump shakes hands with Saudi leader, doesn't bow as Obama appeared to do.” The Drudge Report also linked to it as an example of why America is “GREAT AGAIN.”
GREAT AGAIN: Unlike Obama, Trump doesn't bow... https://t.co/AWPOYf0pNv— DRUDGE REPORT (@DRUDGE_REPORT) May 20, 2017
But then many of these same outlets ignored what looked like a clear bow when, later in the day, King Salman presented Tump with the King Abdulaziz al Saud Collar, the kingdom's highest civilian honor. Some even suggested Trump curtsied before the king. Even as conservative outlets ignored it, Twitter had a field day pointing out the hypocrisy.
Shhh....— Talia (@2020fight) May 20, 2017
Don't tell the Trump supporters that he bowed to the Saudis
and then curtsied pic.twitter.com/26RFfi80kz
US Presidential Checklist:— ian bremmer (@ianbremmer) May 20, 2017
1 Go to Kingdom
2 Bow to King
3 Get Medal pic.twitter.com/7altIujtP6
The Trump Motto: "Will bow for gold." pic.twitter.com/qkIkmeRn61— Eric Schmeltzer (@JustSchmeltzer) May 20, 2017
The screenwriters for Trump's presidency just make him do literally everything he criticized Obama for doing. pic.twitter.com/AfuSBduW95— Brian Klaas (@brianklaas) May 20, 2017
The only silver lining to the dark cloud of the Trump era is the daily reminder of how full of shit conservative critics of Obama were https://t.co/qx9mu6O0JP— Dan Pfeiffer (@danpfeiffer) May 20, 2017
There was at least one of the president’s big-name backers who did not hide his feelings. “This makes me want to puke,” wrote Roger Stone on Twitter.