Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. When It Hurts Inside, I Just Think of My Favorite Memes

 

When the dog bites and the bee stings and it hurts inside, I just think of my favorite memes and you know what? I don’t feel so bad.

So, what makes a great political meme? For me there are four kinds: the flat-out hilarious, those which exhibit uncanny prescience, those which knock down a peg those people and institutions which richly deserve it, and those which relentlessly mock hypocrisy or false narratives.

Does that mean an inordinate number Brian Williams memes? Yes, it does.

The memes below never seem to grow old. This is especially true where the two evergreen topics intersect, such CNN and Russiagate. (Let’s face it: if it weren’t for the Russian collusion meme, CNN would still be babbling about missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.)

Some of the issues touched upon below are not political, let alone partisan. Some are merely in response to stories that dominated the internet for a time, such as United’s black-eye red-eye flight to Louisville. Below you’ll find a little bit of something for everybody. Hillary Clinton’s unconcealable contempt for the law and the American people? You bet. James Comey’s weak-kneed fear of Trump and fealty to the Deep State? Oh yeah. The seemingly endless, pathetic saga of Anthony Weiner? Sure thing.

While some of the memes won the internet, others are relatively obscure. And whatever your politics, remember that these are for entertainment purposes only.


Arguably the funniest meme of all time, this one has it all: Hillary Clinton’s face and gesture expressing her patented disdain for those who would seek transparency, a Halloween orange outfit reminiscent of a particularly terrifying jack-o-lantern and an impossible-to-improve tagline.

 

 

Some of the best memes from the post-Trump era come from ancient times when The Donald was President-elect, as is the case here. The widespread fear that Trump would bring back Democratic policies makes his actual presidency seem pedestrian in comparison.

 

Speaking of internment camps, United’s shameful treatment of Asian-American doctor David Dao signaled the beginning of a spate of well-deserved PR nightmares for the airline, exemplified by the out-of-touch corporate-speak response of its CEO Oscar Munoz. This meme embodies the cardinal comedy virtue of KISS: Keep It Simple, Stupid.

 

 

Eisenstein’s theory of film montage is as straightforward as it is commonsensical: image A followed by image B creates in the minds of viewers idea C. In this classic meme, the confessional nature of the text (A) framing Comey’s perpetually aggrieved mug (B) creates in viewers an idea: (C) an administrative lifer desperately working to protect the Deep State from democratic transparency and change. 

 

A third-rate Photoshop job isn’t enough to prevent this meme from cutting through the rainbow-unicorn haze of Bernie Bros and getting to the heart of Bernie Sanders’ Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride economic policies. 

 

 

 

Who needs wind and solar subsidies when we can harness the power of political schadenfreude?

 

 

 

 

 

Another classic from the President-elect Trump era, this one harnesses the incredulousness of Office Space‘s Milton to those Americans who don’t forget when promises are made.

 

 

 

 

If there’s any aspect of American life more risible than Political Correctness, I have not yet encountered it. A genre unto itself, memes like this make one grateful not to toil in a suffocating groupthink environment, be it a college campus or the State Department.

 

 

 

 

Everything old is new again! And if you think Hollywood is out of new ideas, its got nothing on the Democrats’ base. You know your economics are as a fly stuck in amber when Sweden is four decades ahead of you.

 

 

So great is Hillary Clinton’s patented contempt for anything that interferes with her career arc that it’s difficult to parody. But as this meme shows, there’s great merit in trying. What I especially like about this meme is that it’s absurd yet plausible. 

 

 

 

 

 

Trump’s appearance, personality and tone is the mirror image Barack Obama’s. His ties are too long, his hair is ridiculous, he’s orange. This aesthetic asymmetry goes a long way to explaining the hard landing many progressives are still reeling from since the election. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then this one nicely encapsulates the post-election feeling of harsh Trump critics from David Frum to Ross Douthat: “Get off me, you goddamn filthy ape!”

 

This prescient meme, published along before anyone in the public had heard of Peter Strzok, serves as a useful reminder that we shouldn’t be surprised when government agencies seem inclined to go to bat for the party of government.

 

 

Before terms like “pervnado” entered our cultural lexicon, there was Anthony Weiner, aka Carlos Danger. That Weiner’s selfies would figure — ahem — prominently in the final days of the 2016 presidential elect suggests that not only is there a God, but that He loves us.

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  1. Nanda Panjandrum Inactive

    Instructive…Thank you for wading through it all, so I don’t have to. :-D (Title might need editing to “When”.)

    • #1
    • December 21, 2017, at 7:54 AM PST
    • 4 likes
  2. Richard O'Shea Coolidge

    Third rate photoshop is the best photoshop….

    • #2
    • December 21, 2017, at 8:02 AM PST
    • 13 likes
  3. Columbo Inactive

    Priceless!!!

    • #3
    • December 21, 2017, at 8:49 AM PST
    • 9 likes
  4. Franco Inactive
    Franco Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Don’t know if this qualifies but the pro wrestling CNN logo/Trump bout was killer funny for me, and I just figured out what pushed me over the edge into hilarity: the fake nature of the meme itself (the personified logo) couched in a fake sport presenting a fake fight between billionaires lifted from an actual event!

    • #4
    • December 21, 2017, at 9:08 AM PST
    • 12 likes
  5. Percival Thatcher
    Percival Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    • #5
    • December 21, 2017, at 9:20 AM PST
    • 23 likes
  6. David Deeble Member
    David Deeble

    @franco – Would love to see it! Post it here in the comments if you’re able. Thanks! – Dave

    • #6
    • December 21, 2017, at 9:24 AM PST
    • 3 likes
  7. David Deeble Member
    David Deeble

    @Franco – Ah! You’re referring to the GIF, right? I remember that one: both funny and schlocky.

    • #7
    • December 21, 2017, at 9:25 AM PST
    • 4 likes
  8. drlorentz Member
    drlorentz Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    You, sir, are a comedic genius. At the moment, I’m behind enemy lines in the Northeast. It was impossible to stifle my laughter.

    • #8
    • December 21, 2017, at 9:27 AM PST
    • 9 likes
  9. Aaron Miller Member
    Aaron Miller Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    I hadn’t seen the one with old Ben. If only we had gotten that kind of dialogue at the Mos Eisley cantina, the scene could have gone on for hours.

    • #9
    • December 21, 2017, at 9:28 AM PST
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  10. Bishop Wash Member

    Love the Star Wars one. PC is horrible.

    • #10
    • December 21, 2017, at 9:32 AM PST
    • 7 likes
  11. David Deeble Member
    David Deeble

    Thank you, @DrLorentz. I wish these memes were my creation. I hope this one will go some small way to justifying your generous assessment of my comedy.

    • #11
    • December 21, 2017, at 9:42 AM PST
    • 16 likes
  12. Richard Easton Member

    David Deeble

    :

    Trump’s appearance, personality and tone is the mirror image Barack Obama’s. His ties are too long, his hair is ridiculous, he’s orange. This aesthetic asymmetry goes a long way to explaining the hard landing many progressives are still reeling from since the election. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then this one nicely encapsulates the post-election feeling of never Trumper-ers from David Frum to Ross Douthat: “Get off me you goddamn filthy ape!”

    Great post! Is that Rob Long’s MAGA hat? Or more precisely, which of Rob’s hats did you use for the photoshop.

    • #12
    • December 21, 2017, at 9:45 AM PST
    • 5 likes
  13. David Deeble Member
    David Deeble

    @RobLong has a big head, but he’s no match for the Statue of Liberty.

    • #13
    • December 21, 2017, at 9:50 AM PST
    • 2 likes
  14. Franco Inactive
    Franco Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Just outside the frame, next to Frau Merkle, a migrant is ogling Megyn’s legs and is poised to feel-up the Chancellor herself!

    • #14
    • December 21, 2017, at 9:50 AM PST
    • 12 likes
  15. Richard Easton Member

    Franco (View Comment):

    Just outside the frame, next to Frau Merkle, a migrant is ogling Megyn’s legs and is poised to feel-up the Chancellor herself!

    This needs blood pouring out of me again.

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    • December 21, 2017, at 9:52 AM PST
    • 2 likes
  16. drlorentz Member
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    David Deeble (View Comment):
    Thank you, @DrLorentz. I wish these memes were my creation. I hope this one will go some small way to justifying your generous assessment of my comedy.

    I understand, but the accompanying text is yours and it’s delicious.

    Excellent.The Bern is so much the crazy uncle.

    The Bernie memes are the best memes, though Hillary’s are a close second.

    • #16
    • December 21, 2017, at 10:12 AM PST
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  17. Bishop Wash Member

    David Deeble (View Comment):
    Thank you, @DrLorentz. I wish these memes were my creation. I hope this one will go some small way to justifying your generous assessment of my comedy.

    The market has already taken care of this. Qdoba doesn’t charge for guac or queso and is superior to Chipotle in every way. Unfortunately, they don’t have as big a market share and are harder to find. Qdoba > Chipotle.

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    • December 21, 2017, at 10:18 AM PST
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  18. Franco Inactive
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    Hi, Rodger. Let’s talk contract, professional to professional.

    • #18
    • December 21, 2017, at 10:39 AM PST
    • 7 likes
  19. Aaron Miller Member
    Aaron Miller Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    David Deeble (View Comment):
    I wish these memes were my creation.

    We can remedy that with another Ricochet meme contest.

    • #19
    • December 21, 2017, at 10:41 AM PST
    • 4 likes
  20. Aaron Miller Member
    Aaron Miller Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    • #20
    • December 21, 2017, at 10:46 AM PST
    • 5 likes
  21. David Deeble Member
    David Deeble

    Franco (View Comment):

    Hi, Rodger. Let’s talk contract, professional to professional.

    Hubba Hubba! I mean, a real pro.

    • #21
    • December 21, 2017, at 10:47 AM PST
    • 3 likes
  22. Judge Mental Member

    I never get tired of this one. Doesn’t even need any text…

    • #22
    • December 21, 2017, at 10:48 AM PST
    • 11 likes
  23. David Deeble Member
    David Deeble

    Anyone interested in funny political memes should check out Ricochet’s Funny Political Memes group.

    • #23
    • December 21, 2017, at 10:50 AM PST
    • 5 likes
  24. Columbo Inactive

    Franco (View Comment):

    Hi, Rodger. Let’s talk contract, professional to professional.

    • #24
    • December 21, 2017, at 11:00 AM PST
    • 8 likes
  25. Miffed White Male Member
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    Bishop Wash (View Comment):
    Qdoba doesn’t charge for guac or queso and is superior to Chipotle in every way. … Qdoba > Chipotle.

    This is an objective fact, not an opinion. If you disagree, you’re just wrong.

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    • December 21, 2017, at 11:14 AM PST
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  26. Wolverine Inactive
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    • December 21, 2017, at 12:40 PM PST
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  27. Eridemus Coolidge

    Videos are not as concise as a single graphic, but there is some wild stuff on YouTube (both sides of the political divide I presume but I was only sent pro Trump). These efforts to even attempt to get balance into the public opinion shaping conflict may amuse some of you, and don’t require being at all serious:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-hEKgyeSAg

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7kIjhTtmzWw

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    • December 21, 2017, at 12:49 PM PST
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  28. BalticSnowTiger Inactive

    drlorentz (View Comment):

    David Deeble (View Comment):
    Thank you, @DrLorentz. I wish these memes were my creation. I hope this one will go some small way to justifying your generous assessment of my comedy.

    I understand, but the accompanying text is yours and it’s delicious.

    Excellent.The Bern is so much the crazy uncle.

    The Bernie memes are the best memes, though Hillary’s are a close second.

    You nifty little bugger meant Gulag, right. Oy. Well put nevertheless.

    Ticketyboo year.

    • #28
    • December 21, 2017, at 1:07 PM PST
    • 3 likes
  29. SkipSul Coolidge
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    Don’t forget the Biden jokes!

    • #29
    • December 21, 2017, at 1:18 PM PST
    • 10 likes
  30. SkipSul Coolidge
    SkipSul Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    • #30
    • December 21, 2017, at 1:20 PM PST
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