If you want to understand what's going on in Washington D.C. right now, you could read any one of the impeachment explainers going around, or watch snarky wrap-ups by your favorite late-night hosts.
Or you could just watch this video of a driverless airport catering cart spinning wildly out of control on the tarmac, endangering everyone around it as they stare in horror, unsure of how exactly to handle this unprecedented disaster in the making.
Dr Kevin Klauer took the video from the departures lounge at O'Hare Airport in Chicago, where he was waiting for a flight (on a different plane to the one pictured) when the commotion out the window caught his eye.
"A case of water fell off the seat and landed on the accelerator pedal," he told Mashable. "[A]nd the wheel was turned, so it started to slowly accelerate and taking these these wider and wider turns until the point where it wasn't really funny anymore. It was picking up speed and there was no way that the people who were trying to chase it to grab it without harming themselves."
By the time Klauer's video begins, the cart is already doing wild reverse donuts on the tarmac, with bottles of water, plastic tubs full of soda cans and single-serving spirits going flying and being crushed under the teetering tires.
"One more revolution of that thing and it was going to take out the nose of the aircraft and I'm pretty certain that's where some of the radar equipment is, would have been an expensive mishap. But fortunately, that person came in on the tug, and toppled that thing over and saved the day."
It's a strong narrative with clear heroes, rising action, and an unpredictable antagonist you can't tear your eyes away from. So it's no wonder that as Klauer's video started to pick up retweets at a similar pace, people saw a resemblance to the other clustertruck currently transfixing the nation.
This video could literally sum up this week for Trump and his administration, and its only Monday pic.twitter.com/tQZjvucGP9
— InMinivanHell (@inminivanhell) October 1, 2019
thats @POTUS, and the red vehicle? is the American people
— Howard Beale (@weknowyourdata) October 1, 2019
damn....that’s the Rudy Giuliani of airport equipment!!!!
— RickJ2 (@RickJ210) October 1, 2019
Spinning out of control vehicle = Trump
Ramp driver = whistleblower
— Reclaiming My Time (@impeach_mofo) September 30, 2019
OMG this airport cart gone totally wild and without an apparent driver = DC metaphor.
And someone please give the person who comes in at the end an award. https://t.co/GzrOMrbTtt
— Annie Jacobsen (@AnnieJacobsen) October 1, 2019
— James Paasche (@JamesPaasche) October 1, 2019
in other news, a metaphor spun out of control today at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, nearly causing serious injuries and extensive property damage. https://t.co/j3AUaoJuRx
— john schafer (@ioannespastor) October 1, 2019
Ah yes, the out of control airport cart. It truly is the perfect empty vessel for our time, capable of representing almost anything.
— Adam Sacks (@AdamSacks) October 1, 2019
Dr Klauer, who's the CEO of the American Osteopathic Association, enjoyed the many "modifications" in his mentions, but mostly wanted to ensure the American Airlines employee who took the rogue cart out got some recognition.
And while he wasn't aware of any delays directly caused by the incident, as he pointed out, "it was O'Hare."
If 2019 America were an airport, it'd be O'Hare.
— Jason Swadley Canon (@eudaimonisty) September 29, 2019