Donald Trump reportedly joked that he would trade Puerto Rico for Greenland. Trump thought his statement was funny, but Puerto Ricans are getting the last laugh on Twitter.
Some posted to Twitter that they’d be happy with the trade so they would no longer be connected to Trump. Others are calling themselves the “Caribbean Vikings” while others shared the benefits they would reap if they were a Danish Territory.
“I don’t know about you, but I have no problem with being sold to Denmark,” Gabriel René, a digital ad executive, tweeted after The New York Times reported the story. A former official told New York Times reporters he heard Trump joke in a meeting about trading Puerto Rico for Greenland in order to get rid of the U.S. territory.
Puerto Ricans took Trump’s statement in stride like they do almost everything.
“Denmark is the country with the best education in the world,” a man wrote on Twitter.
“Honestly being part of Denmark may be the best thing to ever happen to us,” tweeted Dartina Marie Pérez, who lives in Puerto Rico.
A Puerto Rican podcaster, known as Nieto, shared what some labeled as the Danish “Starter Kit.”
“I have been preparing for when Trump exchanges us for Greenland and we are a colony of Denmark,” Nieto tweeted in Spanish, sharing photos of “Danish Delights” butter cookies, the TV show “Vikings” and Danish beer bottles.
Another Twitter user shared a Danish-to-Spanish dictionary on their “Starter Kits.”
“We’re ready,” one Twitter user wrote, alongside a picture of a “Conversational Danish” reading book.
Under the hashtags #DenmarkPR and #DinamarcaPR, meaning Denmark in Spanish, Puerto Ricans began to claim the Danish royal family. Some even shared the perks they would enjoy being a Danish territory.
Regina C. Ortiz tweeted in Spanish, “[Here’s] OUR Queen: Margrethe II of Denmark,” along with a picture of her.
“We will finally have representation in the Europe [League] and possibly in the World Cup,” a Twitter user wrote in Spanish, sharing a photo of the Danish soccer team.
Trump canceled his September trip to Denmark this week after the country’s prime minister called his request to purchase Greenland “absurd.” Trump believes that by denying them his presence he is hurting them.
Puerto Ricans loved the opportunity to joke around at Trump’s expense after Trump’s failure to properly help Puerto Rico after the devastation left behind by Hurricane Maria. Trump even considered diverting hurricane recovery funds to his border wall,