Nobody could have predicted just how much of the US election would play out over Twitter, in the form of Trump meltdowns, fake news and trolling tribalism. Over the past year, serious political discourse and stupid memes have become irrevocably tangled.
Case in point: this is how the UK Russian Embassy decided to respond to Barack Obama's decision to eject 35 Russian intelligence operatives from the US and impose sanctions on two Russian services.
Obama's move is seemingly fuelled by the US Intelligence Community's firmly held belief that Russia and the Kremlin had a hand in Trump's election win, by hacking into the Democratic National Committee and leaking Hilary Clinton's emails.
The President issued a strongly worded justification for the process, and alluded to further measures. "These actions are not the sum total of our response to Russia's aggressive activities," Mr. Obama said. "We will continue to take a variety of actions at a time and place of our choosing, some of which will not be publicised."
Many experts have suggested that this move by Obama is also designed to put Trump in a difficult position. The Republican President-elect's good relationship with Putin means that he could look to remove the sanctions – but if he does that, he risks angering the GOP, which has always been firmly against Russian intervention. Trump's nationalistic supporters are unlikely to understand his motives, either.
Strap in, everybody.