There was a moment today in which there were no tweets from President Trump. No one knew what to think. Nobody but Conan O'Brien, that is, who chimed in with a characteristically wise insight.
"Trump has been uncharacteristically quiet on Twitter. I bet his staff tricked him with one of these," he tweeted along with a photo of a Chinese finger trap.
Not long after, the President's tweets resumed, presumably because he could still hold a phone and tweet with his thumbs, but it might have take him a little while to figure that out.
In the meantime, Twitter nodded their heads in agreement with O'Brien.
"The finger trap is too good for him," wrote one. Another added, "Unless he found one in his Happy Meal™." Let's not sully McDonalds' good name, now.
Another chimed in with "You’d need a bigger one for the thumbs man, it’s the thumbs!"
There was some debate over which country deserves credit for the ingenious device.
"Can’t tweet when you are busy yelling 'Aaargh! CHYINA!!' at your hands," wrote one person on Twitter. Others imagined his internal monologue being something like this: "'We need to start making Chinese finger traps in the USA, we will have the tightest, most painful finger traps.'"
Others didn't think the traps were from China at all. "I’m sure you know these are Mexican, and we call them 'atrapanovios'," wrote one person on the platform. Fun fact: atrapanovios means "boyfriend trap," in case anyone wants to go with that name over the kind of insensitive "Chinese finger trap" we use to denote those kind of fun paper toys.
And some people shared their own speculations:
But we couldn't agree more with this:
We can dream, can't we?