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President Donald “Douchebag” Trump’s Twitter Parable of the Scorpion and the Frog

The Scorpion and the Frog

The Scorpion and the Frog is an animal fable that seems to have first emerged in 1954.  On account of its dark morality, there have been many references to it since then in popular culture, including in notable films, television shows, and books.

The story goes like this.   A scorpion asks a frog to ... 


A scorpion asks a frog to carry it across a river. The frog hesitates, afraid of being stung, but the scorpion argues that if it did so, they would both drown.

Considering this, the frog agrees, but midway across the river the scorpion does indeed sting the frog, dooming them both.

When the frog asks the scorpion why, the scorpion replies that it was in its nature to do so.

Note:  If you have limited time and or attention span and are not interested in learning more about the historic background and context of The Scorpion ... The Frog ... and The Turtle ... then skip over all of this and go straight to the yellow highlighted heading marked "The Best Part of This Post", 8 paragraphs below. 

The feature image of this post is about a later similar fable, The Scorpion and the Turtle, where the turtle drowns the scorpion after the scorpion tries but fails to sting the turtle through its hard shell. 

The fable relies to a significant extent on the idea of the creature's nature, which is of ancient reputation. 

Attesting to this, Oliver Goldsmith dedicated a chapter to "The Scorpion and its Varieties" in A History of the Earth and Animated Nature (1774) and observes that ...

"It is certain that no animal in the creation seems endued with such an irascible nature...I have seen them attempt to sting a stick when put near them; and attack a mouse or a frog, when those animals were far from offering any injury."

John Malcolm, in his 1827 Sketches of Persia, from the Journals of a Traveller in the East, relates another version of "The Scorpion and the Tortoise" nearer to the modern-day "Scorpion and the Frog" which also plays on the same theme.

In this version, after the scorpion begs to be taken over the water and then attempts to sting the tortoise midstream, it is brought safely onshore, after which the tortoise remonstrates:

"Are you not the most wicked and ungrateful of reptiles?  But for me you must either have given up your journey, or have been drowned in that stream, and what is my reward?"

"If it had not been for the armour which God has given me, I should have been stung to death." "Blame me not," said the scorpion, in a supplicatory tone, "it is not my fault; it is that of my nature; it is a constitutional habit I have of stinging."

The Best Part of This Post

The modern day Trump Twitter version of the parable, the Scorpion and the Frog is provided by the great entertainer and story teller, Ken Tremendous of Twitter fame and notoriety with a current following of over 135K.

By the recorded Twitter timeline of this story, I can only assume that Ken unleashed a burst of pent up creativity on the morning of Monday, October 23rd, 2017 for about a good 11 minutes, between 9:09 and 9:20 am and recounted this parable for his legion of Twitter followers.   

To date, October 29, 2017, Kens Twitter recounting alone of the parable, has made him the beneficiary of an astonishingly, mind boggling 500+ replies, over 16K re-tweets and over 75K likes. 

If after reading this parable you'd also like to follow Ken Tremendous, his Twitter handle is @KenTremendous. 

Now without further delay, I'll let Ken tell his story ...

The Scorpion and the Frog  

1. All of this recent Trump stuff reminds me of the parable of the Scorpion and the Frog.

2. A Frog needs to cross a river. The Scorpion says, “Get on my back and I’ll take you across.”

3. The Frog says, “But what if you sting me?” The Scorpion says, “I won’t sting you, I promise.”

4. So the Frog gets on the Scorpion’s back and they start to swim across.

5. After a few seconds, the Scorpion says, “You know, Frogs are rapists, and murderers, and I’m gonna build a wall to keep you all out.”

6. Then he says, “This is what disabled Frogs are like,” and he makes a series of unpleasant gestures.

7. Then he says, “I grabbed a bunch of Frogs by the frog pussy, and I’m a star, so they let me do it.”

8. The Frog remained quiet, but he was getting a little, like, freaked out.

9. Then the Scorpion said, “John McCain isn’t a hero because he got captured,” and “STDs are my Vietnam,” and “I know more than generals.”

10. Then he said, “Obama wasn’t born in the U.S. and I have proof.” The Frog said “What is it?” but the Scorpion didn’t say.

11. Then the Scorpion's whole family met withRussian oligarchs in secret. “That’s illegal,” said the Frog. “Fake news," said the Scorpion.

12. “But I’m literally watching it happen, right in front of me,” said the Frog. “The NFL players shouldn’t kneel!” said the Scorpion.

13. The Frog got confused because the subject had changed to NFL players kneeling. The Frog was pretty mentally fatigued, by this point.

14. Then the Scorpion dismantled a bunch of safety regulations and appointed a ton of awful judges and tried to ban entire religions.

15. “Where are we going,” asked the Frog suddenly, “this isn’t the way across.” “I’m going golfing for the 75th time in 10 months,” he said.

16. “That seems like a lot,” said the Frog. “Fuck you, I’m the Scorpion, I can do whatever. Also, who are you, and why are you on my back?”

17. “I’m the Frog,” he said. “Do you have advanced dementia?” “No! My brain great! I’m the smartest Scorpion in the…” He looked confused.

18. “…The ‘world?’” asked the Frog. But the Scorpion was just watching TV and yelling at the screen. Then he dozed off.

19. The Frog was freaked out. He read an article in the NY Times that some Frogs in the Midwest still liked the Scorpion. It was pointless.

20. When they got to the riverbed, he hopped off. Then the Scorpion stung him! As he was dying, the Frog said, “Why did you do that?”

21. The Scorpion replied, “I don’t fucking know. Why do I do anything? I’m 71, a complete asshole, and my brain has massively deteriorated.”

22. "But you guys elected me -- well, you and the Russians -- and the GOP is so horny for tax cuts for rich people they won't do shit."

23. "Am I sorry I stung you? No. I could careless. Business at my riverbank hotel is up 30%. I'm rolling in dough. Also who are you?"

24. The Frog died. The Scorpion was last seen getting into a limo with Lindsey Graham, wearing a polo shirt and dark pants.

25. And that’s the ancient fable of the Scorpion and the Frog. You can see why it sort of reminds me of what’s going on.

Standing Ovation and Thunderous Applause!

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Thank You Ken!

It's really unfortunate the way Twitter works.  Really great socially conscious pieces of writing like this are here today and gone tomorrow.   They are basically forgotten about in a continuous, never ending stream of new tweets in our twitter feeds.

I just couldn't let this incredible socially conscious piece get lost in the dustbins of cyberspace. This simply outstanding, creative piece of writing and it's message just has to be shared with as many people as possible given what is happening in the world today.


Thanks Ken!  We all owe you for this great piece of writing ...

Twitter Responses

Here are a variety of Twitter responses to this parable which are without a doubt, well worthy of your time to review.  Ken's story is exceptional ... but when you read the responses, they elevate his story to another level and make it even better.  

I wish I could have included all of the responses that Ken received but there literally is not enough time in my life right now to include all of them below. Unfortunately, due to time constraints and trying to have a life, I had to limit them to about a 100.

So lets see what you had to say:

"This is so brilliant and dead-on."

"it reminds of the parable of "The Asshole Sexual Predator Narcissist Who Should Never Been Allowed This Kind of Power and the Frog""

"Oh, yeah, the one you told is right. I just have have a different title. sorry."

"This thread is creative and so fucking true, I’m looking over my shoulder waiting for the sting..."

"It's amazing that an Aesop's fable over 2000 years old can still be relevant."

"Fantastic! Just needs ending where 🦂 boasts nobody loves 🐸🐸 more than he does. Nobody!"

"Holy shit. This is the best thing I’ve ever read."       🏆🏆🏆

"I don't usually ❤️ every post in a thread, but this certainly deserved it."

"I’m in ouchy awe."

"Thank you for being on Twitter."

"First two lines reminded me of a parable of monks crossing a river. Now I need Tylenol."

"Bless you."

"I think you mean the scorpion and the taco."

"Yup another great thread..."

"I am weep!laugh howling rn. Kudos!"

"Fucking brilliant" 👍🏻

"You forgot the part where the Scorpion told the Frog that he knew what he signed up for riding on the Scorpion’s back."

"Ken.  You ARE tremendous."

"I don't like this bedtime story. Please make it stop."

"Time is running out. Soon there will be only scorpions."

"You're a genius! Dark comedy at its finest. Oh the tails our poor children will read in history one day! Crying and laughing..."

"This is simply amazing."

"Aesop's a-rolling in his grave, but that was a hoot!"

"A+ tweet"

"You knew what I was when you picked me up. So true."

"It's in my nature"

Amazing but the s "couldn't care less"

"That is the funniest thing I've read in a very long time."

"We've always known what kind of man he is. Zebra . . . Stripes . . ."


"Thank you Ken!"

❤️ "this. 😂🤣😂🤣. The best part is it might actually be something Trump lovers can understand. Getting it yet DT voters? Better wake up NOW."

"Well done."




"The White House is a jar of scorpions. I’m not sure a frog is even there."

"Tragically brilliant"

"The frog knew what he signed up for."

"You are my new favorite person."

"This is an absolutely brilliant thread. Must read."

"totally made my day. pure greatness that i can send to my ultra religious family who think trump was sent by god."

"Tremendous indeed."

"A must read thread."

"You have the best words. That was good."

"This is the best thing I’ve ever read in my life."

"A+ thread!" 👌

"The sort of parable that makes you laugh and cry at the same time!😂😭😂😭"

"Thread of the day​"🏆🏆🏆

"This is funny, true and sad. History will look back at this period and wonder wtf was America thinking. Nobody deserves Trump."

"@BadLibrarian Please do repeat how it ends!"

"This is spectacular. But at this same time, so sad that you had to make a fable (so we can at least laugh at the ridiculousness) of this series of unpleasant, unacceptable, and entirely un-presidential-like events."

*slow clap growing into thunderous applause*

"great thread" 👍

"Right on!!!"


"Grimm brothers would have loved that! Stuff of nightmares...except is it still a nightmare if it’s real?"


"Reminds me of Pinnochio! And Preparation H....."

"I had thought that same thing! I voted for you then you groped me. Why? Because I am a misogynist. That's what I do."

"This was Tremendous, Ken."

"This is a great read."

"You knew I was a snake when you let me in." ~#DumboldTrump


"So beautiful I cried"

"So good."


"I am dying laughing,"

I think you forgot the part where the Scorpion suggest that the main Scorpion adversary get taken care of by staunch gun “enthusiasts “.



"He is a scorpion 🦂."

"Yeah, this is a winner..."

"Or Midas or The Emperor has no clothes....Too many parables to lessons we should know by now."

"SO, SO Good!"

"Reminds me of the phrase, "Everything Trump touches dies.""


"My favorite parable. This is EVERYTHING."

"HFS! I was thinking about the same damned parable! Seriously, this made my day. Thx"

"That fable is eerily prescient. :)"

"if this was reddit, i'd give you gold"

"That was awesome. 😂😂😂"

"bravo sir!"

"You are my hero and this is the best ever"

"So good"

"Only problem with this thread is I laughed while I was reading it and then I cried because, damn, that’s a lot of truth. So tired of winning."

You forgot about the midge who told the frog to take no action because all the scorpions are going to die in jail because... sources.

"That was great👏👏👏"


"I really enjoyed this!"

"Holy shit. 🏆"


"EXACTLY correct KenTremendous. The corresponding song, referenced during his campaign as "The Snake". HE WARNED EVERYONE abt who he is."

"Hats off! Well done!"

"_TOO FUNNY... If it wasn't SO TRUE.... So sad!!!" 👌👍

So glad I work from home because I just howled for 5 minutes and that would have been inappropriate in an office full of people.

That reminds me of a joke:                                                👇👇👇👇👇

"This is the Best thing I have read yet today, and I really loved the CNN ad. @KenTremendous wins twitter." 💕

"You forgot the part where the Scorpion told the Frog that he knew what he signed up for riding on the Scorpion’s back."

Given Ken's awesome parable and all these positive, enthusiastic, supportive responses, we all obviously need to do our part to stand up for what's not right in this world.  So, what are YOU doing?  Here are some things, some more things and even more things that you can do to help fight injustice in our world and make it a better place. 

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