Portrait of Che Guevara (1928-1967), 20th century, Cuba. (Photo by: Photo12 / Universal Images Group … [+]
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Do you need more evidence that the country is deeply politically divided and likely to show no signs of healing anytime soon? Keyword birthday bashlash for two controversial characters.
Monday – June 14th – marked the birthdays of both former President Donald Trump and Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara. A common birthday was certainly the only thing these men had in common, at least until today. Congratulations were shared on social media, and posts followed that contained utter contempt and condemnation for each of them.
It has become abundantly clear that Trump is now just as inflammatory as Guevara, and possibly even more so when it comes to opinions on social media. It was also evident that it is impossible to post about either of the two without upsetting the masses on Twitter.
The “best president”
Ex-President Donald Trump’s birthday was both marked and mocked, which was certainly to be expected given the political divide in the country. On Twitter, the battle lines were drawn again by the mere mention of the former president’s birthday.
In addition to the name of the former president, the term “Best President” was also in vogue, which only led to the usual reactions from both sides.
Some praised the former president and vowed their continued support; others even claimed he won the 2020 elections.
There were just as many critics who had nothing nice to say but still felt the need to say it. Many also made sure that it was someone other than Trump who was trending with the hashtag #BestPresident.
June 14th Che day
It was not just the mention of Trump on social media that highlighted the deep political divide in the United States, but also in the world. By Monday afternoon, there had been more than 50,000 tweets related to Argentine-born Ernesto “Che” Guevara, who became a protagonist of the Cuban revolution and an iconic counterculture symbol.
Born on June 14, 1928, Guevara was killed by Bolivian military special forces when he tried to start a Marxist revolution with the support of the guerrilla Ñancahuazú in the South American country. Since his death he has been considered either an anti-Western terrorist or a valiant martyr of the socialist cause.
On the occasion of the revolutionary’s birthday, many in the latter camp published his more famous or even infamous quotes:
However, not all saw Guevara as a revolutionary hero. Ben Shapiro (@benshaprio) of FoxNews Channel was among those who proclaimed the revolutionary. Shapiro wrote, “Just a memory of Che Guevara’s birthday: He was a despicable person and a vicious racist,” while sharing a quote from Guevara.
Still others made fun of the fact that in death Guevara had become a pop culture icon beyond the counterculture movement. There has been no shortage of T-shirts and coffee mugs with Che’s image, while a limited edition Swatch watch is currently available on eBay for $ 103. And for nearly $ 600 there is also a 1/6 scale limited edition Guevara action figure that could bring the revolution to Barbie or GI Joe!
“The best thing about Che Guevara is how he became a meme for capitalists to make money,” added Big Apple Infidel (@BigAppleInfidel) social media account