The Donald J. Trump Presidential Twitter Library is headed to Miami, the show's fifth stop in a nationwide tour.
The Donald J. Trump Presidential Twitter Library is headed to Miami, the show's fifth stop in a nationwide tour.
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The Daily Show's Donald J. Trump Presidential Twitter Library Lands in Miami

Yearning for the chance to step into the figurative shoes of President Trump? The Daily Show With Trevor Noah is bringing a replica of the Oval Office to Miami. Here's your shot at taking a seat on a golden toilet while a timer gives you 30 seconds to type out a crisis-related presidential tweet. 

Aptly named "The Commander In-Tweet," this exhibition joins a slew of others in the Donald J. Trump Presidential Library, showing Trump's prolific, often-outlandish relationship with Twitter. Hosted by Comedy Central's The Daily Show With Trevor Noah, the award-winning library is headed to Miami. If past debuts in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Chicago are any indication, it promises to be Trump-worthy fun.

Noah and the team at The Daily Show are preparing to hit the road ahead of the library's momentous Florida reveal, accompanying a week of show tapings. The Daily Show executive producer Jen Flanz tells New Times that Florida was a natural choice for the library and shows that are purposefully timed with this year's midterms: "You guys have a lot of the issues that I think voters are going to be very concerned about this election." Fellow exec producer Steve Bodow adds, "Big high-profile races," regarding the show's decision to take the library and team to Miami. "Governor, Senate, interesting ballot initiatives, a lot of personalities down there."

Friday, October 26, through Sunday, October 28, attendees are invited to the interactive, hands-on event featuring a meticulously crafted memorial library made up of Trump's tweets. Old and new, deleted and still standing tall, it's a collection made up of some of the POTUS's finest moments on the social media platform he's been known to favor. Bodow says the idea came from the team a few years ago while they looked at all the prior U.S. presidents' libraries. "[Trump is] not so much of a books or library kind of guy, so what would his library be like?" they wondered. Faced with this unorthodox conundrum, they brainstormed a way to make an American custom fitting for Trump. "Well, the way he generally represents himself is his Twitter. So the Trump Presidential Library should be a Twitter library, and that’s what we turned it into."

A prolific tweeter, the 45th U.S. president has a puzzling history on Twitter that makes him one-of-a-kind.EXPAND
A prolific tweeter, the 45th U.S. president has a puzzling history on Twitter that makes him one-of-a-kind.
Photo by Ari Perilstein/Getty Images for Comedy Central

Aside from having the priceless opportunity to perch on a golden commode and type a message to the world ("covfefe," anyone?), exhibits in the library poke fun at the president's tendency to contradict himself (Trump vs. Trump). A collection of everything and everyone he has deemed "sad" — "Sad! A Retrospective" — is another component.

That's not all. "Verified Survivors" is one exhibit where patrons can walk through and hear the testimonies from the president's higher-profile victims as they recall the trauma of being attacked by Trump. "11 Minutes" recalls, with the stories of those who were there, what the world looked like for those 11 minutes in 2017 when Trump disappeared from Twitter. "Masterworks" pinpoints all of the president's most impressive works as a "master tweeter." The list of satirical exhibitions in the Presidential Twitter Library goes on.

"People see it as they choose to, kind of what you want to make it," Flanz says. "Some people laugh, some people are overwhelmed with sadness, some people think it’s cathartic, other people think it’s disrespectful. I’ve heard a lot of different musings."

Adds Bodow: “The commentary that we provide, it’s not made up. It’s all verbatim words that [Trump] put out into the world.”

The exhibit "Verified Survivors" includes audio testimony from Mark Cuban, Kathy Griffin, Stephen King, and others who have been on the receiving end of a Trump Twitter attack.EXPAND
The exhibit "Verified Survivors" includes audio testimony from Mark Cuban, Kathy Griffin, Stephen King, and others who have been on the receiving end of a Trump Twitter attack.
Photo by Ari Perilstein/Getty Images for Comedy Central

The Trump library in Miami Beach will be a slightly different version from the ones that have appeared in other cities. "The president, he keeps putting out more masterpieces, you know, so we do update it," Bodow explains. "It's a little different each place we take it. There’s just fresh crazy there that we feel needs to be exhibited in this way."

The gang at The Daily Show is sticking around after the library display closes for a week of Florida-themed shows filmed at the Fillmore Miami Beach. "It's not just going to be a regular show. We’re going to be out in Miami and talking about Florida every night. Correspondents are out throughout the state making pieces, talking about the issues there." Bodow urges viewers to tune in. "It’s going to be really Florida-specific.”

But has The Daily Show gotten a response from the muse at the heart of the Presidential Twitter Library? Flanz and Bodow say they haven't received word — or a tweet — from the president himself, but a member of Trump's clan was spotted hovering by their NYC exhibit. "In New York, there was a rumor, a confirmed rumor," Bodow shares, "that Eric [Trump] walked by once, looked at it, and did not come in.”

The Donald J. Trump Presidential Twitter Library. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, October 26, and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, October 27, and Sunday, October 28, at the Emanuel Luxury Venue, 1723 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. Admission is free.

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