Here’s some news that definitely doesn’t have any metaphorical meaning or symbolic significance: a sinkhole has opened up on the front lawn of the White House just outside the press briefing room.
Though the hole is relatively small and reportedly caused by irrigation issues that have plagued the first residence since its construction, Twitter was quick to crack jokes.
It's not like a growing sinkhole right outside the press briefing room at the White House has any existential meaning to it at all, right?— Jeff Urbanchuk (@jurbanchuk) May 22, 2018
That's a little on the nose, giant sinkhole https://t.co/xAJhMrVyfx— Mark Gongloff (@markgongloff) May 22, 2018
This sinkhole can do no wrong!
Whether people fall in or demons come crawling out, I like where this is going. https://t.co/KG3m1muqMG— Corey Pein ????? (@coreypein) May 22, 2018
Of course, the hole has a perfectly reasonable geological explanation.
I overheard workers talking about it yesterday, believing it was an issue with the irrigation system.— Nikki Schwab (@NikkiSchwab) May 22, 2018
The White House sits at the intersection of a Quaternary colluvium (base of steep slope) deposit & a Pleistocene fluvial (river) & estuarine deposit. It's built on poorly consolidated sediments, not bedrock. Sinkholes happen. #geology #science #Jess2018— Jess Phoenix (@jessphoenix2018) May 22, 2018
That hasn’t stopped people from theorizing it might be an escape tunnel.
The White House says it is a 'sink hole' on the West lawn. The rest of us are pretty sure that Melania’s escape tunnel caved in. pic.twitter.com/jPJmucW2jB— Fred Rewey (@GodFadr) May 22, 2018
we predicted the White House sinkhole one year ago today, folks: https://t.co/CinFdUgmiL— Super Deluxe (@superdeluxe) May 22, 2018
behold pic.twitter.com/MDe4DNUQIN— Super Deluxe (@superdeluxe) May 22, 2018
A similar incident occurred at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago exactly one year ago.
A small sinkhole opened up on the road outside of President Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort. https://t.co/dnYFVBuuH3— Twitter Moments (@TwitterMoments) May 22, 2017
Don’t worry, though—the White House team is good at covering things up.
The sinkhole is now many people’s favorite member of the Trump administration.
I’m so excited to be part of this administration and I’d like to suck in as many people as I can. Where should I start? #sinkholes— White House Sinkhole ⚫️ (@HouseSinkhole) May 22, 2018
Drain the swamp!— Rev. Robert R. Ballecer, SJ (@padresj) May 22, 2018
We’ll just go ahead and call it now:
SINKHOLE 2020https://t.co/xklmo6bMoc— Aparna Nancherla (@aparnapkin) May 22, 2018