This is what in modern parlance is known as a “self-own.” Lance Armstrong — the most disgraced man in the history of a sport that’s had an overwhelming share of disgrace — took to Twitter to brag about his first accomplishment on a bike since being stripped of pretty much every trophy he ever won:
The reaction wasn’t all favorable. Sure, the rabid Trump haters thought it precious and awesome, but the reality-dwellers saw it differently.
Before we get any further, I just want to mention that I passed not one, but two men who were older than I am and riding recumbent bikes during my 20-mile ride this morning. I take my victories where I can get them.
Here are a few screenshots of some of my favorite responses.
Don’t sell yourself short, he may not have really even beaten Pence by that much.
I don’t want to make excuses for Armstrong, but this should be taken into consideration:
Cheating is something little kids do too:
Bonus points there for “Pence out on his hybrid in dockers.”
LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, WE HAVE A WINNER:
There are a zillion of these out there. Armstrong later tweeted that it was a joke.
You go with that, Sparky.
Stephen Kruiser is the author of “Don’t Let the Hippies Shower” and “Straight Outta Feelings: Political Zen in the Age of Outrage,” both of which address serious subjects in a humorous way. Monday through Friday he edits PJ Media’s “Morning Briefing.”