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In Pics: Donald Trump ‘Twitter Library’ with golden toilet, frames unveiled

Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” hosted by Trevor Noah, emboldened by soaring ratings since Trump took office, put together the one weekend only, free of charge pop-up exhibition to lampoon the president.

world Updated: Jun 17, 2017 09:56 IST
Trevor Noah, host of
Trevor Noah, host of "The Daily Show with Trevor Noah", talks to the press June 15, 2017 in New York, while presenting "The Daily Show Presents: The Donald J. Trump Presidential Twitter Library", the first of its kind, showcasing our Commander in Chief’s preferred vessel for communicating with the public, his Twitter feed. (AFP Photo)

Donald Trump’s tweets antagonize, insult and drive headlines around the world. Now, they’re on display at a tongue-in-cheek presidential Twitter library a stone’s throw from his New York home.

Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” hosted by Trevor Noah, emboldened by soaring ratings since Trump took office, put together the one weekend only, free of charge pop-up exhibition to lampoon the president and make visitors think.

From Friday until Sunday, members of the public are invited to stroll through The Donald J. Trump Presidential Twitter Library, soak up some of his most notorious tweets, and fire off one or two of their own from a golden toilet.

“He is a damn fine Twitterer,” South African comedian Noah told reporters.

“Never before has a president been so transparent, and at the same time so opaque.”

Guests view an exhibit at The Daily Show-produced 'Donald J. Trump Presidential Twitter Library in New York City. (AFP Photo)

Many Americans may already feel saturated by coverage of the president’s tweets, which have seen him attack Barack Obama, political rivals, London’s mayor and wade in on celebrities’ love lives.

But the exhibition seeks to squeeze out every ounce of nuance from Trump’s love for the 140-character medium, his preferred way to communicate with supporters, bypassing traditional media and even his own White House spokespeople.

Guests view a video exhibit at The Daily Show-produced 'Donald J. Trump Presidential Twitter Library,' June 16, 2017 in New York City. (AFP Photo)

The concept is a play on the US tradition of every president since Franklin D. Roosevelt establishing a post-tenure memorial library, housing documents of values from their administrations.

It’s also another vehicle for comedians to poke fun at a presidency that has boosted comedy show ratings and invigorated careers, Noah’s included.

Tweets are displayed at The Daily Show-produced 'Donald J. Trump Presidential Twitter Library,' June 16, 2017 in New York City. (AFP Photo)

There’s a screen with Trump’s Twitter feed, which will emit a siren when he tweets, and gaudy faux gold frames -- art museum style -- encasing some of his most famous missives.

There’s a map of the world flagging up country-specific tweets, data crunched to reveal that Obama was his most often attacked Twitter foe and his tweets propagating the myth that America’s first black president was born in Kenya.There are also interactive exhibits.

A monitor displays Twitter statistics at The Daily Show-produced 'Donald J. Trump Presidential Twitter Library,' June 16, 2017 in New York City. (AFP Photo)

But is it too much?

“I think people will find a way to cathartically laugh at the stress we all feel,” says Hasan Minhaj, a “Daily Show” correspondent.

The exhibition opens amid debate about whether Trump’s tweets should be included under the Presidential Records Act.

An item on display at The Daily Show-produced 'Donald J. Trump Presidential Twitter Library,' June 16, 2017 in New York City. (AFP Photo)

Democratic Congressman Mike Quigley has introduced the so-called COVFEFE Act, a reference to Trump’s most famous typo yet, when last month he mysteriously tweeted from his personal account: “Despite the constant negative press covfefe.”

“We must ensure that these statements are documented and preserved for future reference,” Quigley said Monday.

“Tweets are powerful, and the president must be held accountable for every post.”