Time and time again it’s been demonstrated that the only certainties in life are death, taxes, and the fact that for every Donald Trump action, there exists a Donald Trump tweet from months or even years before in which he accused someone he doesn’t like of doing the very same thing.
The latest example? After news broke that North Korea has nuclear warheads small enough to fit on intercontinental ballistic missiles, Trump responded by threatening fiery retribution.
“North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States,” Trump said from the clubhouse of his Bedminster, New Jersey golf course, according to a report from the Los Angeles Times. “They will be met with the fire and the fury like the world has never seen.”
There’s a tweet for this exact scenario. Back in 2013, Trump had a premonition of future war. Since he sent it at 2:46 a.m., one assumes he bolted up in bed, covered in a sheen of cold sweat, to tweet this warning:
The last to opportunity to compare a past Trump tweet to a future Trump action came at the end of July, with the news that White House Communications Director Anthony “The Mooch” Scaramucci had been fired just 10 days after he took the job. The firing came as a particular surprise because he had been given what appeared to be huge leeway by Trump. So much leeway that after The Mooch was humiliated after he held a bizarre, on-the-record conversation New Yorker reporter in which he insulted several Trump officials and accused his hated rival, Trump Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, of conspiring against him, Preibus was the one who ended up fired.
But three days later, Scaramucci was out of a job too, reportedly because Priebus’ replacement, John Kelly, wanted him gone. Oops. Anyway, here’s something Trump tweeted about Ted Cruz during the GOP Primary race in 2016:
And while we’re on the subject of Reince Priebus, who was fired just 6 months into Donald Trump’s presidency, here’s what Trump had to say about Barack Obama in 2012:
Of course these are just the latest examples. Who could forget back in the long ago days of May 17, when Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed a special counsel to investigate possible Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election that, yes, includes possible collusion between Russia and the Donald Trump campaign, when this tweet resurfaced.
And to cap this one off, here’s a pair of bonus tweets from Paul Ryan and Sean Spicer.
It's simple: Individuals who are ‘extremely careless’ w/ classified info should be denied further access to it. https://t.co/XWuvfDugly
— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) July 7, 2016
how can @HillaryClinton "keep America's safety at heart" of her campaign when she violated rules at State Dept to protect classified info?
— Sean Spicer (@seanspicer) June 2, 2016
Let’s also not forget that time during the 2016 presidential campaign when Trump turned his sights on Hillary Clinton, and especially railed against her use of a private email server — which FBI investigators thought could have inadvertently compromised classified information.
Yes, Trump’s old #madonline tweets make it seem like he traveled back in time to complain about himself. There are so many examples, like this one about the Electoral College. For context, this particular tweet was part of a tweet storm in which Trump was outraged because he apparently believed that Barack Obama had lost the Electoral College vote to 2012 Republican nominee Mitt Romney.
Reminder: Trump lost the popular vote against Hillary Clinton by almost 3 million votes. He is president thanks to the Electoral College.
Reminder: The Women’s March following Trump’s inauguration, to protest his presidency, may well have been the largest protest in the history of the U.S.
Trump’s position on Russia has been soft since before he took the presidency, and it’s well-documented that he’s never had a mean word to say about President Vladimir Putin. Like when he talked to Bill O’Reilly.
Reminder: the first three weeks of Trump’s presidency were marked by a flurry of executive orders.
Reminder: Trump often only takes press questions from friendly conservative media.
Reminder: Trump complains often about “fake news” and unnamed sources. He often does it in tweets. Like this one:
Trump also had a lot to say about how much golf Obama was playing when he was president:
Reminder: Trump has spent the majority of weekends of his presidency at Mar-a-Lago, a golf resort. He even took Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe golfing there while he visited the U.S.
Reminder: Three weekends in a row at Mar-a-Lago might have cost taxpayers as much as $10 million, according to a Chicago Tribune report.
There are also plenty of Trump tweets about how he thinks Obama was a terrible president and should resign.
There are probably about 65 million people who could apply these ones to Trump.
These aren’t the only statements Trump has made that don’t paint him in the best light. Check out our gallery below for more choice Trump statements.