Why 2020 is the ‘meme election’

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President Donald Trump and Democratic candidates like Michael Bloomberg are increasingly using memes in 2020, leaning into the online joke format to make their political cases. Chris Cillizza explains why memes are so important in our current political discourse.

SOURCES AND FURTHER READING:
‘Thanks Obama.’ The evolution of a meme that defined a presidency.
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Bernie Sanders is winning the 2020 meme race, but can internet fandom get him elected?
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New Trump ad revives — and mainstreams — ‘Sick Hillary’ attack
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Hillary Clinton Says ‘Radical Fringe’ Is Taking Over G.O.P. Under Donald Trump
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Hillary Clinton’s alt-right speech, annotated
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How Russian Trolls Used Meme Warfare to Divide America
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Biden parodies Bloomberg memes in video featuring Obama criticism
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How Elizabeth Warren Turned Herself Into A Meme
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Wake Up, Democrats! Memes Matter in the Race to 2020
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You Now Have a Shorter Attention Span Than a Goldfish
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Donald Trump 'likes his intelligence briefings filled with pictures', says new report
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Here are the memes Mike Bloomberg’s presidential campaign paid influencers to post on Instagram
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Michael Bloomberg’s Campaign Suddenly Drops Memes Everywhere
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61 Comments on "Why 2020 is the ‘meme election’"

  1. Hey, Chris here – what’s your favorite meme?

  2. I love how he thinks he knows memes

    • Fake News CNN Lost to Nick Sandmann | February 27, 2020 at 1:17 PM | Reply

      Child rapist democrats cannot meme, which is why they lost.
      Kiddie fiddler democrats have zero sense of humor and are fucking BORING.
      These facts makes kid fucker democrats *_very_* angry:
      *_”Since we cannot meme… we should shut down thedonald so noone can”_*

    • I mean…its a really simple concept. I hate CNN and I’m 20 but you ain’t special bruh. 😂

    • Hunter Biden dated his dead brothers wife

    • Fake News CNN Lost to Nick Sandmann ok boomer.

  3. The blue girl is the xbox
    I’m the guy
    The red girl is Raid Shadow Legends.

  4. You are becoming a meme by trying to explain what a meme is

  5. I feel like this dude just figured out what a meme is…

    • ashitaka Of the amishi | February 27, 2020 at 11:50 AM | Reply

      “Oh man, I gotta put this on the news! It’s gonna be sensational!”

    • Smoked salmon _ | February 27, 2020 at 12:23 PM | Reply

      “Oh yeah scum bag meme? Kids think that’s funny right?”

    • Johnny Decomposizione | February 27, 2020 at 2:50 PM | Reply

      Classic karen first time hearing of gangsta rap at the age of 43 prove me wrong

    • santa fe, bantayan island life | February 27, 2020 at 5:03 PM | Reply

      I LOVED that meme of the cnn logo on the wrestlers head as trump body slammed him .
      Cnn cried like the limp wristed sissys they are .
      They love to dish it out . But go crying to mommy when it comes back around . Poor babies

  6. Dude…

    That was cringe.

  7. Remember when CNN bullied a kid who made a meme about them into taking it down. These Boomer clowns man.

  8. Chris, your such a girly girl.

    • santa fe, bantayan island life | February 27, 2020 at 4:59 PM | Reply

      Well he is a libtard. it goes with the territory . Every ” man” at cnn is getting bent over by his “male” coworker/boyfriend .

  9. There is only one possible comment: “Ok boomer”

    • @Dirt Ball

      There is no need to be upset.

    • @fernando contreras talks like a white guy and eats bland macaroni and cheese in public, but never burritos. He’ll say “hey bro! This macaroni sure is swell!”

      But late at night, he secretly eats a taco bell taco with a shell made of cool ranch doritos when nobody is looking

    • @Dirt Ball

      >talks like a white guy

      I didn’t know you could hear his voice over text. Also, why did you delete your reply to me earlier. I thought it was funny.

  10. Genica Coochie-Willow | February 27, 2020 at 11:19 AM | Reply

    “How do you do, fellow kids?”

  11. That wasn’t even the crying Jordan meme lmao

  12. But, the left can’t meme. Imagine that?

    • @buddy guy I would imagine so but if he isnt you’re free to make a list of those who are. Right or left, people are going to be funny no matter what.

    • @JustChizzin well he’s not and you can make that list if you want. Nice try though

    • +JustChizzin Why does it matter if the comedian is liberal or conservative? The point is that liberals have destroyed comedy. You can’t make a black, fat, gay, transgender, attractive woman, or disabled joke without the PC police ruining your career. A club in Montreal even banned one white comedian because he had dreadlocks.

    • @James Davis you can say the same about the righ being biased whiny little bitches. You can also like your own comment all you want. It’s not going to convince anybody that right wingers are perfect

    • @JustChizzin you seriously need to rethink some things

  13. Red_Blooded_Rob | February 27, 2020 at 11:30 AM | Reply

    This is the most mainstream media/boomer video ever lmao

  14. CNN and their Democrat overlords dissing Memes because they can’t Meme.

  15. Stephen H. Smith | February 27, 2020 at 11:53 AM | Reply

    Disliked for that thumbnail

  16. Why did y’all go after a kid who made a meme on CNN? Don’t claim you can understand how memes can cause influence when you guys can’t even deal with a mid-teir meme. 😐

  17. Election 2020
    Death by a Thousand Memes.

  18. It’s so funny seeing CNN’s own viewers turn on them recently😂

  19. Aslin Fire Safety | February 27, 2020 at 1:08 PM | Reply

    “let me convince you I know about memes, by describing dead memes”

  20. Everything about this, from the setup used for background, to him, the “jokes”… everything… everything, is a failure

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