Since Franklin D. Roosevelt established the first presidential library in 1939, American presidents have customarily donated their papers and mementoes to museums erected in their home states after their time in office.
That’s what the Daily Show attempted to replicate with the Donald J. Trump Presidential Twitter Library in New York, located less than a block away from Trump Tower, open to the public for this weekend only. Except, as Daily Show host Trevor Noah explained at a press preview Thursday night, Trump hasn’t actually left office yet.
“People say, ‘Trevor, why have this library now? Shouldn’t the presidential library be at the end of a president’s term?’ he said. “Yes, that’s true. Unfortunately, we do not know when his term will end. It could be next week. It could be never. So we decided to do it now.”
True to its name, the Twitter Library is adorned with framed copies of Trump’s tweetstorms, and visitors can make their own Trump tweets with giant magnets on the exhibit’s “#MAGA-netic Wall.” Other highlights include the “Wall of Survivors,” featuring recorded statements from Mark Cuban, Tavis Smiley and other targets of the president’s Twitter feuds, and a mock-up of Emanuel Leutze’s famous painting of George Washington crossing the Delaware River, showing Trump on his phone.
Like the Clinton and Bush presidential libraries, the Daily Show exhibit also features a replica of the Oval Office, which includes a golden toilet that visitors can sit on and tweet from an iPad.
Daily Show correspondents Hasan Minhaj and Jordan Klepper were on hand at the press preview to talk visitors through the exhibit. “The news cycle moves so quickly, you don’t get a chance to remember what happened yesterday because you’re focused on today,” Klepper said. “You’re like, ‘Oh, I forgot this wasn’t just a couple tweets he sent over the course of an angry month. This happened over and over.’ To be able to revisit where his mind was at different points over the last six years was eye-opening. “
Noah visited the exhibit after the day’s Daily Show taping for a press conference, explaining that the Twitter Library meant to honor, not demean, the president.
“Say what you want about Donald Trump, he may not be good at presidenting or leading or geopolitics, but he is a damn fine tweeter, probably the best that ever lived,” he said. “So we thought at the Daily Show we would take a moment to honor the president of the United States, and really, the king of Twitter, with this library.”
He also joked that Trump was the “first millennial president,” not because of his age — the president just turned 71 — but because of his affinity for Twitter.
“As a millennial, I appreciate this,” he said. “I, too, share my feelings on Twitter, I too have had my ups and downs on Twitter, and like any millennial familiar with the concept of losing your job because of a tweet, I like to know the president shares in that feeling.”
The Daily Show‘s Donald J. Trump Presidential Twitter Library is located 3 W. 57th Street. It is free and open to the public through June 18, from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. See more photos from the exhibit below.