Trump Death Jokes Flood the Internet After Aircraft Emergency Landing

Following reports that a plane carrying former President Donald Trump had to make an emergency landing in New Orleans, a number of social media users have joked about how they wished the aircraft had actually crashed.

As first reported by Politico and The Washington Post, the Dassault Falcon 900 which Trump was flying on suffered an engine failure soon after taking off from New Orleans Lakefront Airport on Saturday night.

The plane had flown around 75 miles before turning around and safely landing back at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport at around 10:30 p.m.

After the emergency landing was widely reported, comedian and long-time Trump critic Kathy Griffin was one of the more high profile names who tweeted that she wished the plane transporting the former president had not landed safely.

"Ugh. So close," she tweeted.

It is unclear if Griffin's or other tweets will be removed for violating Twitter's rules and guidelines on hateful conduct.

Twitter's terms and conditions state that users must not post content that "wishes, hopes, promotes, incites, or expresses a desire for death, serious bodily harm, or serious disease against an entire protected category and/or individuals who may be members of that category."

The post from Griffin followed on from the backlash she received in 2017 over a photoshoot of herself holding up a blood soaked Trump mask made to look like a severed head. Griffin reshared the image on Twitter on the eve of Election Day in 2020.

Actress Nancy Lee Grahn also posted a similar sentiment regarding the plane Trump was on making an emergency landing.

"The other engine had one job. ONE JOB!!!! Christ!!!!" Grahn tweeted.

Elsewhere, a large number of Twitter users also appeared, jokingly or otherwise, to express their disappointment that the plane landed safely.

"Just got this email, but the subject only said 'Plane carrying former President Trump'. Ugh. Damn those capable pilots," tweeted Sarah Baker while sharing a screenshot of The Washington Post's headline for the story.

Rob Schneider, a Twitter user who shares the same name as the comic actor, said: "Trump plane makes emergency landing Saturday while returning from New Orleans. Damn. Close but no cigar. Do better next time."

Greg Saunders, also known as @waltisfrozen, said: "I keep seeing people make the same joke about this story and it's probably because it would be hilarious if Donald Trump died in a plane crash."

Newsweek has contacted Twitter for comment on whether these and others tweets violate their guidelines.

Meanwhile, Trump has asked his supporters for money to fund a new "Trump Force One" aircraft.

In an email, Trump also claimed that the construction of the apparently new plane has been kept a secret until now. The email contains a link to a donation page where donations between $5 and $2,000 can be made.

"The construction of this plane has been under wraps," Trump said. "Not even the fake news media knows about it—and I can't wait to unveil it for everyone to see."

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Former President Donald Trump greets supporters as he exits Air Force One at Valley International Airport on January 12, 2021 in Harlingen, Texas. Social media users have joked about how they wished a plane that Trump was traveling on which made an emergency landing in New Orleans had actually crashed. Go Nakamura/Getty Images