Tyler Skaggs, pitcher for the Los Angeles Angels, died in a hotel room in Texas this week.
The shocking loss was echoed throughout the baseball community with fans and teams alike, ushering tributes and parting wishes:
— St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) July 3, 2019
— Jaydon (@jaydonduval) July 3, 2019
Angel Stadium in Anaheim, home base for the Angels, was covered in flowers, cards, and other gifts from people, pained by the loss:
— Bobby B (@TboneSlapshot) July 2, 2019
And as the outpouring of hurt and love could be followed on social media with the tag #RIP45, idiots appeared in the stream like people wandering the wrong way up a river, wondering why everyone else was going the other way:
— Journey💎Jewels ® 🇯🇲 (@JourneyJewelz) July 3, 2019
Yup. Not knowing how to keep inside thoughts or well-trained hatred for Trump inside, they continued:
If only, if only. He's putting himself in stage on the 4th though so maybe some universal justice will be served. A freak accident or two here, some arrogance and ineptitude over there and it'd be the best fireworks display ever.
— Analogous Speak (@AnalogousSpeak) July 3, 2019
And just like that, #RIP45 was no longer a place to share your thoughts on a lost teammate, friend, or role model, it was a place to wish for the President’s death:
— slime. (@itseazydoe) July 3, 2019
I don't want Donald Trump dead but if he dies I'm not gonna be sad about it 🤷🏽♂️ You reap what you sow. Lousy ass president #RIP45
— Alan〽️ (@AlanArbelaez) July 3, 2019
— 🇹🇹🔮🌻🕯ChinaTheCaribbeanWitch🕯🌻🔮🇹🇹 (@CaribbeanWitch) July 3, 2019
This coopting of the hashtag continued to descend into increasingly disgusting commentary:
When I saw the hash tag #RIP45 , I never clicked on something so fast!!!
— Victoria😘👨👩👦👦🤰🏽 (@Abiava1) July 3, 2019
— The King in the DC Northwest 🤴🏾 (@UrsineNoir) July 3, 2019
I thought #RIP45 meant a miracle occurred.
— ℅ ʟɪsᴀ ᴍᴀʀɪᴇ (@MissLMI) July 2, 2019
Does this individual posting an Obama meme count as a “doctored video“…?
— Quite_Storm☇ (@Iam_SarahMarie) July 3, 2019
And this now deleted tweet makes a nice cherry on top:
#rip45 got white people two types of mad..good fuck em lmao. Also fuck baseball ☺
— Jesus Pantoja (@scott_is_rage2) July 3, 2019
Ah, patriotism’s finest examples right here.
Trump Derangement Syndrome is a real thing, people. Get yourself checked.