A train carrying GOP lawmakers and their families collided Wednesday morning with a garbage truck, killing one sanitation worker and severely injuring another.
Though it was clear from the get-go that the accident was serious, as photos shared on social media immediately after the collision showed the extent of the damage, certain reporters and political commentators thought it would be a good idea to use the collision as a springboard to crack wise about the state of the modern Republican Party.
Because nothing is funnier than a head-on train collision involving families and thousands of pounds of steel.
CNN commentator and strategist for Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Jonathan Tasini, for example, jokingly called the crash an act of God.
“Wow, btwn train full of Goopers hitting truck and this, God is working hard today to clean up the stink. Thank her,” he tweeted, adding the hashtag “#goptrainwreck.”
Another CNN contributor, Keith Boykin, opted for the low-hanging metaphor joke.
“A train carrying Republican members of Congress hits a truck near Charlottesville,” he wrote. “Or is this a metaphor for American politics today?”
The Wall Street Journal’s Del Quentin Wilber said in response to a photo of the twisted remains of the garbage truck: “metaphor in this somewhere?”
Ars Technica’s Eric Bangeman tweeted, “Train filled with GOP lawmakers collides with trash truck. What a perfect metaphor.”
“Once we’re sure everyone involved is okay, assuming they are, I hereby give permission to Twitter to indulge in all manner of GOP train wreck jokes. I do think that by having a train hit … yes, a garbage truck…the scriptwriters of ‘2018’ jumped the shark,” said The Weekly Standard’s Bill Kristol.
“A living metaphor,” said the Hollywood Reporter’s Gregg Kilday.
And you better believe “resistance” Twitter wanted in on the action.
“Train full of republican congressmen collides with garbage truck,” read a Palmer Report tweet. “No one was injured in the vehicle that was transporting trash. No word on the garbage truck.”
Many of the above tweets have since been deleted, which is not a surprise. But as mentioned above, it was clear even before the White House confirmed the fatality that this was no joking matter.
Let's leave the last word to Politico’s Burgess Everett: “Your train crash metaphor is bad. Keep it to yourself.”