Trump, daughter and adviser Ivanka Trump and son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner all toured the new Global Center for Combatting Extremist Ideology, which aims to combat militant ideology and messaging.
Trump then participated in a grand opening of the center with the Saudi king, culminating in the two leaders, along with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, placing their hands on a glowing globe. A photo of the opening quickly went viral on Twitter.
You often hear the term "the image that broke the internet," but this one may have come as close as any other to doing just that.
You first have to keep in mind the fact that many of Trump's supporters are conspiracy theorists who believe the world is run by shadowy groups, who participate in secret rituals, and control everything on the planet, such as the media, wars, and the flow of money.
An image like this is just the kind of thing that would typically have those supporters collapsing in a dead faint or dropping to their knees to pray for Trump's very soul.
In fact we also learned that Reince Priebus and Stephen Bannon have left the tour and are now heading back to the White House. That MIGHT just be a coincidence, but then again......
Well whatever Trump's supporters may have felt after seeing this image, the majority of the Twitter users saw it as an opportunity for mockery.
oh you know, a bunch of plutocrats in a darkened room putting their hands on a glowing orb in a totally non-illuminati kind of way pic.twitter.com/Q2Ue2FBi6l— shrill 🇺🇸🌲🏀 (@theshrillest) May 21, 2017
RIYADH — President Trump announced today that the Orb is his God now, praise to Its Luminescence, O how he longs for the warmth of Ørb pic.twitter.com/lSCjHgotgW— Jason O. Gilbert (@gilbertjasono) May 21, 2017
And here’s Trump at the opening of the “Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology” in Riyadh pic.twitter.com/gshRT2nFLU— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) May 21, 2017
Hail Hydra. pic.twitter.com/NbGk8QIF3w— southpaw (@nycsouthpaw) May 21, 2017
wow this remake of "the Dark Crystal" looks great pic.twitter.com/FmUaqrg1SK— Hayes Brown (@HayesBrown) May 21, 2017
Oh yeah, Trump's trip is certainly starting out on a high note.One day yr bragging abt Gen Pershing &pigs blood bullets, next yr communing the orb of destiny with The Custodian of the Sacred Mosques. pic.twitter.com/6xZ1aDTcS5— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) May 21, 2017
Usually I would say it can only get better from here, but this is Donald "I fuck up everything" Trump we're talking about. So who knows?