Twitter rewrote 'Goodnight Moon' for Trump's America
Before both the New York Post and the New York Daily News dubbed Friday morning the "Don of a New Day," Twitter users had one last farewell for outgoing President Barack Obama and his administration.
But instead of hopping on the #ThanksObamas hashtag train, on Thursday night, Alexandra Petri, a humor writer for the Washington Post, opted for a more creative approach: rewriting the classic children's book Goodnight Moon to make it applicable to a Donald Trump presidency.
All in verse, Petri bid adieu to the reproductive rights Trump has threatened with his promise to overturn Roe v. Wade; the common core, which Betsy DeVos, Trump's pick for secretary of education, vehemently opposes; and the Environmental Protection Agency, which Scott Pruitt, the agency's potential new director, once sued.
Petri also proverbially poured one out for child support, which Trump plans to overhaul by rewriting tax codes, and for a "majority" on the Supreme Court — presumably referring to Trump's ability to appoint up to four justices during his term, which would likely mean a new majority conservative opinion.
Other Twitter users chimed in with their own rhymes:
The choice to rewrite Goodnight Moon seems all the more appropriate given the recent revelation that the book's author, Margaret Wise Brown, was something of a rebel in her time.
According to the Post, Brown was "a children's book author who didn't particularly like children," an avid rabbit hunter and an unmarried woman who "flitted from relationship to relationship with men and at least one woman."
There are all kinds of ways to observe Trump's impending presidency — and rewriting a somber childhood classic is as good as any.